In the changes to the ESA suppprt group criteria, as indicated in
Page 89, section 7 'Maintaining Personal Hygeine'
The dual column page appears to show that 'Maintaining Personal Hygeine' has been dropped as a support group
item and replaced with a criteria about understanding communication Am I reading this correctly ? Is this document mean't to be read in this way.
and item 10 ' Personal Action' appears to have been replaced by 'awareness of hazard' ?
as for item 13, this is of particular interest
'Coping with Social engagement;
Engagement in social contact is always precluded due to difficulty relating to others or significant distress experienced by the individual.
When they mean 'social engagement' I wonder if the claimant manages to attend the appointment and answer the
doctors questions (even with a companion) will this likely disqaulify them ? 'social engagement' is a tricky one, what abiout the person who whilst under the essential circumstances of co operating with assessment, or who manages occasionally to see their CPN.. or their GP, or the agorophobic who trembles their way around the supermarket at 10pm when its almost empty.... is social engagement being able to speak to others at all, even with difficulty
The wording says ALWAYS precluded, and this presumably means thaat anyone who gets a in person assessment
by ATOS and doesnt 'fasll apart' at interview, will not gain access to SG this way
I'd wonder what folks think.