My wife is in receipt of ESA in the support group. She has suffered for over 30 years with mental health problems. As her full time carer I recently completed her renewal claim (3 year review). I had a call from the DWP saying my wife will be invited to a work place assessment some time in January but as they had some cancellations would I take her next week. I said I couldn't understand as 3 years ago no assessment was necessary. I was told things have changed now!!!. I said my wife was not to good at the moment but I would bring her if I could have a car park space at the assessment centre, he basically said no but to wait until an appointment letter came out in January. I then asked if all this was necessary as my wife starts to receive her state pension on 06/03/2017 and the ESA would automatically stop.
To me it's absolutely ridiculous and a total waste of taxpayers money to go through all the assessment process when the benefit will cease automatically in 10 weeks!!!. Has anyone come across this situation?
The stress of this on my wife is causing her mental health to deteriorate.