After constantly worrying and expecting the inevitable letter from DWP regarding the transfer from IB to ESA it has now arrived saying they will be phoning me within the next 2 weeks prior to a form being sent out to me to fill in. Can anyone tell me what number this form will be and if it can be completed online? as I have difficulty writing.
I am at present in reciept of IS, IB, enhanced premium, SDP and DLA both HR. I am extremely worried and don't know how this will tell on me over the time it will take to make this transfer or if I lose all benefits. Its the nightmare stories about ATOS that really frieghten me.
What worries me most is that I have several health issues and should attend hospital for them but havent done for the last 3 years because I have difficulty getting out for mobility reasons and fear of the outside and society, I am housebound. Because of this I don't have any supporting documents and I fear an ATOS rep could take advantage of this and say I'm capable of work.
I know I have to go through this like everyone but is there anything I should or shouldnt say in the phone call? Should I ask in the phonecall if I can have a home medical if they decide I have to have one? although I'm worried about this because I think if I ask for a home visit they may refuse knowing that I can't attend because of my problems so I lose benefit.
I'm worried if I lose ESA or get put into the work group I will lose my DLA too, I've heard so much about ATOS I don't have any faith what so ever, I struggle with people and anyone even coming into my home so even a home visit will be a traumatic experience. I don't know how I'm going to cope with this, I'm a born worrier