My son who has had mental health probs for 16 years.He received a letter today stating he will receive a phone call from DWP and then a form to migrate from his income support and severe disability benefits to ESA.
He has been unable to work for the past 16 years due to his illness and the only support he gets is from myself and his father, we have looked after him ourselves and supported him.
He had to go to the drs for a review and I mentioned that maybe he could ask the doctor for a letter of support to back up his claim for ESA. He came home with a statement of fitness for work.
On the form the doctor had put I advise that you are not fit to work and this will be the case for 1 Month.
I asked if I could speak to the doctor who had issued the form on my sons behalf as my son was very agitated and stressed thinking he had to find work within a month (such is his illness).
Thankfully, the doctor agreed to speak to me. I don't know how true this is but, the doctor said that GPs have to submit a statement for fitness for work when people are being changed over to ESA.
My son has not done any work for 16 years and is likely not to in the future. I explained this to the doctor but, he said that this form still had to be submitted to the DWP. I argued that he is not likely to get better in 1 month, he then said he would extend this to 3 months.
I am ill myself and when I had to change over to ESA I never had to submit these fitness for work statements.
Please could someone tell me if this is the case now when claiming ESA. I would be very grateful if someone could help me on this. Thank you.