I Went to meet a 55yr old BI client morning. His entitlement to contribution-based ESA is coming to an end in February. The total earnings coming into the household amounts to £11060 per annum - his partner works 20hours a week on minimum wage, and she has a pension of £276.92 per month (£3323 per annum) - this means that he will not qualify for the income based ESA.
He is in receipt of lower rate of DLA £21 per week - (this is included in the £11060 per annum), and he fears he may lose this as well. He is, of course, one of the walking wounded, however, he struggles with severe headaches, severe fatigue and struggles with concentration and attention. He is now struggling with depression and anxiety - I mentioned that he may be able to get support from Mental Health but he is concerned about the stigma attached with that, (strongly adverse actually). He was on the local Head Injury Service books but was discharged from their services a couple of years ago, and feels that they cannot do anymore for him. The sad thing is that he wants to work, however, he cannot see any job where his current condition would allow him to work - he has fleeting bouts of energy, however he does state that if he was to do any work in that time, especially physical, his fatigue and recovery time would be even worse.
Anybody any suggestions out there as to how we can help this individual?