Hi. I feel like a rant so here goes. I left work about 4 years ago and applied for ESA after being assessment I was awarded 0 points which was then increased to 15 when I spoke to them on the phone. I stayed on ESA for 3 years until i was assessed again. I was awarded 0 points, after M. R. I was still awarded 0 points so I went to Tribunal which I had yesterday.
I used Citizens Advice to prepare my application for Tribunal and they said to use my depression to gain points and then bring in how my migraines are linked to that. Stupidly I didn't prepare very well and had no evidence from my Doctor. I was asked all sorts of questions and I explained how the headaches and migraines impact my life at any time and not just 9-5. The doctor asked me if I ever miss anything because of them and I told him I missed an open day on Sunday at the place I volunteer. He picked up on that and asked me how often I was unable to volunteer because of my illness. I volunteer for 3 hours an afternoon, 3 days a week so it's easier to cope with and I can call in sick or go home if I'm too ill. When I was called in for the decision I was told that because I worked before then there was no reason why I can't work now. They awarded me 0 points. To me that says that they did not listen to me at all and have no concept of how debilitating headaches and migraines are. I feel at rock bottom now and don't know what to do next. I just can't get my head around getting ZERO POINTS!. rant over.