My husband is currently claiming ESA after a deterioration of a long term physical mobility problem (he is ex-army and it is due to active military service). He gets a small amount for me and I also get DLA at higher rate for care & mobility due to my fibro and degenerative spine +osteo-arthirits and spinal verve damage. I have had several spine op's in the last 5 years.
He has been claiming for just under 6 months and has an ATOS medical in two weeks time - but I have today received a letter from the Job Centre telling me I have to take part in a work assessment by telephone the day before his medical.
The letter says I may have to enter a WRAG if they deem me fit enough to get a job - but here is the problem ........ I had to give up working just over 4 years ago due to my physical health problems and now I am worried that they might try to make me join a WRAG or find myself a job when my surgeon and GP have both told me in the past I am not fit enough to work.
Is it usual that I have this telephone consultation the day before his ATOS medical? Will it affect the outcome of his medical?
Sorry, if I'm not making sense, but I am now all of a panic as although I have been claiming DLA, we have never been on other benefits in the past, so this is all new and frightening to us!