Hello Peeps, any one find the UK benefit system extremely degrading?
I have just gone through two big assessments, as I have Lymphedema and severe Osteoporosis, on top of tiredness and not being able to concentrate for long, having to re read things as they just wont stick, I have no outwardly visible disabilities except extreme swelling of my limbs, nothing works as it should, even holding a phone to my ear ends in aches and pins and needles, and no strength? what's that all about?
The first assessment was for ESA with an exceptionally nice lady Doctor, she had taken the time to read my notes, I have a large hole in them from 2010 to 2016 when we lived in France, however I explained this and she was quite happy, this was an ESA assessment, in June 2018 went through the usual things, she saw I could hardly keep upright let alone do the things they ask, as I said she was very understanding, she gave me advice on a couple of things, Two weeks later I was told I had been excepted, and as I was not lightly to recover !!!!!!! I had been put in the total not fit for anything category, bit miffed as I can still breath and annoy people !!!! Again in May I was told I needed to be reassessed for PIP, now this I have only had once before, although the interviewer was very pleasant the people that make the decisions were quite nasty, this time as I could not walk at all due to Inflammation and Cellulitis in both legs due to the Lymphoedema I asked for a home appointment, whilst on the phone the chap I spoke to was and I mean this a right Jobsworth, put me through bloody torture, and said he would see if there could be a home visit arranged, now this was June 2018, I finally had my assessment 5 weeks ago, the woman who carried it out again was extremely understanding, but after all the pressure I broke down, now for a 57 year old chap to do this I was quite ashamed, when I finally calmed down I explained how long I have had to wait, she was horrified. all questions asked, she didn't ask me to do yoga or anything else as she could see I was genuine, I still await the decision, is it no wonder people think about taking their own lives over this Benefit system?
On Monday my ESA payment missed the Bank, I phoned in and it took over 45 mins for them to answer, I was on hold, then a further 55 mins to sort out which I thought was so stupid, I have moved house, I had sent in a letter with proof of my address for them to change it, because I did this and not followed their routine which is unknown to man or beast they decided to stop my money, to make me contact them, which meant a couple of Direct Debts were stopped and the Bank has given me a black mark, surely if they wanted to make things Oh so easy they could of sent a letter to both addresses? asking me to Phone? The reason the chap kept me on hold whilst he changed the address on four systems???? I have not a clue, perhaps some one could explain this? he made an awful fuss about making the payment to me, in the end I felt guilty for even phoning, it seems that Project Fear and lets make everyone afraid of the system is alive and kicking!!!!!
Am I right to feel as if I am banging my head against a very large solid Brick Wall that is not interested one jot?