Sorry about the problems people are having reading the link about ESA which I posted earlier. I've no idea why it won't work, but I've now copied and pasted the contents of that link in the hope that it will now show. Please let me know if this still can't be seen as I'll have to think of any way to show it.
Here it is:
For a while DPAC has been aware of ESA claimants in the Support Group receiving letters from the DWP asking them to attend a Work Related Interview. Although the letters say that attendance is on a voluntary basis, these letters have created much anxiety and uncertainty among claimants.
ESA claimants in the Support Group do not have to attend these interviews, and DWP should not send claimants any communication likely to cause them distress.
DPAC has now learned through a Freedom of Information request that this practice is undertaken throughout the country:
You will find below a template letter you can send to your Job Centre BEFORE being invited to attend an interview or a group session, to make sure DWP is aware that any contact initiated by DWP is damaging to your health and is a distressing experience .
Name of Person or Organisation
Ref: <Your NINO>
ESA Support Group – Invitation to Attend Work Focused Interviews
I understand that the DWP has decided on a national policy of inviting people who have been assigned to the ESA Support Group (“SG”) to attend meetings or interviews that obviously qualify as Work Focused Interviews (“WFI”), as defined in the Welfare Reform Act 2007 (section 12(7)). Section 12(1) of the Welfare Reform Act 2007 specifically forbids the Secretary of State from imposing WFI on anyone allocated to the SG.
Please accept this letter as formal notification that I do not wish to receive any invitations to attend meetings or interviews that could reasonably be considered to be WFI.
Any interaction with the DWP or its contractors is invariably a distressing experience for me and usually exacerbates my medical condition. Therefore, should the DWP ignore this letter and contacts me, I shall consider it to be harassment as defined in the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and reserve the right to make a criminal complaint to the police. I also reserve the right to take legal action against the DWP should its actions, in respect of WFI, result in me sustaining any loss or suffering.
I also wish to make it clear that I will always comply with the legal obligations arising out of my ESA claim.
Please confirm, in writing, that I will not be invited to attend any WFI activities. Please do not attempt to contact me by telephone as I find the benefit system far too complex and distressing to deal with on the telephone.
Please be aware that I have retained a copy of this letter (including the address used) and proof of postage.
You can download a copy of this letter to amend with your details and send to DWP here: Template Letter – Regarding Invitation to Attend Work Focused Interviews