I had my face to face ESA assessment on 9th July, i got my result first by telephone 12th Oct. Then in writing 15th Oct. I could not believe that i didn't score a SINGLE point. I have been so ill this last few months and on the day of my assessment i looked and felt like death. I have had fibro for over 20 yrs, i have asthma and reynauds phenonomen too. My daughter has read my report and says the only way it would be possible to score these points would be if i was in a coma lol. They have changed the goal posts so much i wonder what on earth i can do. If i can't even qualify for this how the hell am i going to qualify to keep my DLA. It is beyond a joke, i was told i can sign on, but i am NOT well enough to work. I had to give my job up because of my illness. Also you can only get Unemployment benefit for 6 months, then if your partner earns more than £16,000 per annum or WORKS for more than 24 hours per week you are basically stuffed !!! Cos they won't pay you he/she has to support you. I have appealed, well requested appeal documents. But how the hell i'm going to win is beyond me.
How can, for eg being able to lift an emply cardboard box or carton prove me to be well enough to work ?? This is just one of the rediculous criteria i apparently have met to be classed as leading an active life style. My god i can bearly move most days. It dosent count that my wrists are so weak that i have to have my food cut up for me and apparentley i am able to cook etc even tho on the day of the assessment i had burns on my hands and wrists from trying to prepare a meal. I have to use both hands to lift a cup because i drop them etc. I'm in constant pain, don't sleep, can't remember things from one min to the next. I am a liability but yet they say im fit .....yes i am, FIT TO DROP !!
Really need some advise on how to win my appeal, because my future looks very black.