For those of you who remember my huffing and puffing, worrying and moaning, and huge anxiety about the need to re-engage with the social security/ benefits process…
my application was successful.
To my great surprise the letter from social security gave me the news that nothing is changing.
Bloggy buddies, the relief is incredible. I was split open, vulnerable, exposed- and they saw, listened, heard. They believed me.
your illness or disability restricts the possibility of working
At my best I’m haphazardly enthusiastic. Generally I’m sore, disorganised and unreliable. Often I’m miserable, immobile and incoherent. My family flow round me, keeping me buoyed and moving forward.
I was fearful of the impact of any other decision- my anxiety would rocket, the demands on me would increase as my confidence collapsed. There would have been a financial hit too- the amount less significant than the psychological loss of my contribution.
I am fortunate. Overwhelmingly, unbelievably fortunate. Many thousands of people have not been so lucky.
Employment and support allowance is the most bewildering, unfair and badly designed benefit since the abolition of the workhouse.
The claim form is long, complex and often confusing.
The medical is carried out using a computer. It’s often rushed and it may not even be a doctor that assesses you.
The appeal system is deeply confusing, not least because employment and support allowance procedures and regulations are extremely complex and generate a huge amount of paperwork.
And because employment and support allowance is so complicated there is very little reliable information on the internet.
Jobcentre Plus offices frequently give incorrect advice. And advice agencies just don’t have enough staff to deal with everyone who needs help.
From Benefits and Work
To be heard and believed is the best gift.
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