Hi. I sent in my ESA50 two weeks ago, plus as much 'supporting evidence' as I could come up with.
This morning I received a phone call from ATOS. The guy was obviously chosen esecially for making the phone calls, as he sounded like someone's uncle or grandfather.
He told me I am to be placed in the WRAG group, and that my income won't change. He told me that I must attend the 'Work Focussed Interviews' but that I cannot be made to work, as they accept I'm unable to at the moment. He also said the entitlement toContribution based ESA would run out in 9 months, but not to worry because as I don't have a partner I would just be moved onto the Income related ESA instead.
Now I don't know what to do. I and my G.P. know the chances of my returning to employment (paid or otherwise) are less than zero.
So do I stay in the WRAG group or do I appeal? Is it even worth my appealing? I believe that if I appeal my income will drop whilst waiting for the appeal to be heard - and won't be backdated, but more recently I heard that you don't get paid at all if you appeal. As I have no other income and my savings have long gone I cannot afford to be without income.
However there are going to be times when attending one of their Work Focussed Interviews won't be possible for me, even if I get a lift, walking from the car park to the centre and back is at times going to be impossible.
Can anyone here advise from their own experience if possible?