I had my ESA in December and today I received my letter to tell me I had been placed in the Work Related Activity Group and I must now attend an interview as I have the potential for work related activities and they will help get me back to work?
This is despite telling them a few weeks ago that I had fallen and broken my ankle and I am now housebound. I live in a flat with no lift and unable to get down the stairs. My hospital visits are made by being carried down by ambulance crew. Social Services are helping me at home as I live alone. How do I get to an Interview?
I also told them my condition had got a lot worse since December and I have five hospital appointments this month alone, I am undergoing tests and MRI and PET scans, plus the meds I'm on stop me from functioning and I often don't get up until after 9am, I have nights where I get no sleep at all. I am unable to sit for more than 10 minutes and even before I broke my ankle I was prone to falling and very unstable, having to use a walking frame...I'm 60 next year. How would an employer work around this?
They have back dated my claim from 2 months after my original claim last year and now owe me over a £1000 but are not letting me have it as they have dug up an old over-payment that goes back over 20 years and they say I need to pay that back, it appears it's over that amount so I won't receive a penny. Can they do this?
Is there anywhere I can get help, I can't go out so can't see a solicitor or CAB. Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance Pep x