Fibromyalgia Action UK
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Hi all,

about 3 weeks ago I posted on here that I had my ATOS medical. Well I have received a telephone call yesterday informing me that I had been placed in the 'Work Related Activity Group'.

Well its not a flat turn down but it does mean that I will have to appeal to be placed into the support group.

Of course I would like to be able to work and if I was able would not have put myself through all this but the Fibromyalgia, depression and arthritic degeneration makes this impossible, so the fight goes on.

I would really appreciate hearing of anyone's experiences of how to appeal etc.

Gently hugs

Nikki xxx

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Hi, I was successful in appeal, I had an advocate from Surrey Disabled Peoples Partnership, she was very supportive. She took the case on for me and wrote to the DWP. I received a letter from them telling me that I had been for a face to face interview with ATOS. I had not. Then the letter went on to say that I was unlikely to be employed in any meaningful sense, my condition was such that it could improve with help. Therefore I was placed in the WRAG. I heard on Friday, that I had been placed in the Support Group, which means they will leave me alone for 2 years. I asked why then, was I called up only after 6 months when I was placed in the Support Group last year! she said, slowly... I doooont knooow!

Anyway my point is, do not give up. I too have fibromyalgia, osteo arthritis, diabetes, neuropathic pain. and surprise surprise.. depression


Hi MillyPeede,

Thank you so much for your response to my ask for advice. I will definitely seek representation, perhaps my first port of call will be the CAB to see if they know of some sort of group in my area..

I am glad that you have got everything sorted (well fingers crossed).



get an advocate or some other representation its better for you if you don't do this alone.


Hi Wendy,

Thanks for the heads up, I will make sure I list everything. I also have spondyloleisthesis and prolapsed discs in my neck just to add the the list lol.

Hugs x


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