I have been on incapacity benefit for 10 years since I had to give up my teaching job. Have filled in the forms every so often, never been asked to see a doctor, and had hoped that I am only two yrs away from my pension that I would be left alone. Wrong! Am waiting for a phone call to confirm my identity (interested to see how they confirm theirs...) and then a form to fill in possibly to be asked to go for an assessment and to see if I am fit to work. Am intrigued to know what will be on offer for a woman pushing 60 with chronic medical conditions.
Joking apart - the letter is four pages long. I am (I hope) a relatively intelligent literate person but goodness knows how people cope if they're not. And the tone of it is threatening. What really annoys me is the part where they say that if I don't hear from them within two weeks of the date of the letter that I am to phone them (not freephone) - I very much doubt I will remember, nor I suspect will others with memory problems, from which I am suffering very badly at the moment. Wonder what happens if you don't call them?