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Hi all

just thought i'd share some news i got in my email from Benefits and Work


Private sector work programme providers can now order claimants in the ESA work-related activity group to carry out work experience for the benefit of the community– although this may include working for commercial companies. There is no time limit on how long claimants can be forced to work for, although the DWP claim that it will generally only be for two weeks.

Providers will have to take into account a claimant’s health problems and disabilities when deciding on a placement, but if this is based on an Atos assessment of their abilities this may be of little reassurance to many claimants.

The combination of potential mandatory work placements and the savage new sanction of £71 a week for ESA claimants who refuse, without good cause to do as they are ordered, gives private sector companies enormous power to threaten and bully claimants.

you can read more about this at this link just copy and paste link.


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They really have got it in for us, what the powers that be think want the final outcome to be I wonder. It all smack of Germany in the 30's and 40's only they push hard enough and they hope we will do the job for them as all this is so depressing I can see a lot more going the same way as that person who killed their self.

Kindest regards



Just thought Id let you know, when you click on the link, it says "Page cannot be found". How sneaky is that. So thank you for putting up the whole thing, I just copied and pasted it and put it on fb.(didnt include what site it came from or your user name) We have a right to know what sneaky, underhanded bullying they come up with. Its not on. So thank you so much for the info.


benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/... Is this the link you are looking for......I wonder if the goverment have any (brain fog sorry can't think of the word i am looking for ) >>>>>for the consquence of their actions, They had plenty to say about the austrailian' DJ's prank ...which I hastend to add was stupid, and resulted with a Sad outcome.......Am just wondering if the goverment have any remores of people who take their own lives as part of their bullying tactics on disabled and ill people


I've got my first appointment on 2nd Jan via the job centre and I HAVE to go for 2 years :( apparently! I'm finding the prospect of this terrifying as I struggle to get out on my own anymore and have just had to have my first stick due to balance! It makes me sick to the put of my stomach! The relief I got when I won my appeal for ESA has now been replaced by dread! I'm assuming the people who came up with this ludicrous idea has never had or known anyone that suffers daily with this debilitating depressing illness that we have to try and live with for the rest of our lives!!!!! I'm gutted!


Hi, I'm in the same boat, won my appeal for ESA and a month later received a letter for work focussed interview which led to a flare up where I became housebound for 3 days. I will be providing a letter from my GP. I'm gutted too they left me alone for two years - it is the unknown of what is expected also and the person who has the power to potentially damage ones health further.


I had a letter from the DWP just saying that if I didn't attend work focused interviews without a good, valid reason I would face sanctions......reduction in my ESA!! What a load of twaddle!! What planet are these people living on?? I'm soooo fed up with these people assuming I can do more than I can!! They don't even know me or the circumstances of my home life!! Try living as me for 24 hours guys...you'll soon see the struggles I have!!!


I also had the same letter as you sue57 they make me sick I applied for ESA 3 times over approx 2 years and got it third time round, iv not even been on it a year yet and they have sent me another medical form (the one you fill in when you apply for ESA) I thought ffs give me a break..I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in sept this year and it's hell on earth I have suffered for over half my life!! I wish I didn't have it and could go out to work because given the choice I know many of us would choose good health a pain free life and to be in a good job!! These arseholes don't have a clue what we go through on a daily basis I wish they could live our life for a month only then will they realise!! Sorry for language but my god I'm so angry!!


im new to site and internet in general, am appealing against being in "wrag" and asking for the support group. now to go to tribunal on 29/01/13.

i have m.e , fibromyalgia diagnosed nov 2009, and general anxiety disorder and recurrent depression.since age 17, now 51 yrs

have trouble thinking straight and get easily overwhelmed, not surprised with all medication im on i.e butrans, nortriptyline, prgabalin and duloxetine.

also trying to get ill health retirement from job as practice nurse with nhs, again assessed by ATOS ! get so fed up trying to prove that if i overdo it ,my condition gets worse.basically im housebound for at least 1/2 the week, can walk very slowly to ,local shops on a better day,my boyfriend who is un employed helps a lot ,

not quite sure how to prepare for tribunal. , i find alot of the questions difficult to answer as if im not good i cannot do much at all. symptoms very variable and unpredictable

it helps to know others have similar problems but i feel really angry with the system and all the forms which do not seem to take nature of these diagnoses into account.



Hello and welcome to our lovely forum Silki, you are most welcome here!

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