I have just joined this site & would like to tell the experience my adult daughter is having.I give a short account of her ailment.
She was on the old capacity benefit for a number of years after being diagnosed first with 'flitting Rheumatoid arthritis' Over time & many test/exams by a variety of consultants she now has a diagnosis of Lupus.The symtoms of this are severe fatigue & very painful swellings & joints.By fatigue I am talking about very short notice when she has to sleep.
She also suffers from really bad excema on her hands which frequently become infected-she sees her dermatologists on a fairly regular basis.
In October 2011 she was sent for to attend Arden House which is in Newcastle for an examination. She attained 15 points & received ESA, She was sent for again in May of this year & attained NO points. In both cases she supplied a letter & hospital letters from her consultant rheumatologist. The letter stated quite clearly that she was unfit for work because of her conditon.How can that be?!
She appealed & lost that appeal but continued to get a reduced rate(£150 fortnightly)She has a date for a tribunal on 12th Dec.
She received a letter this week saying that she will not be eligible for ESA( from 27/12/2012 )as she had been on it for a year.Some xmas present.
Does anyone know if she wins her tribunal-what money will she actually be on?
In conclusion,the evidence she has for the tribunal are an up to date GPs sick note, an up to date letter from her consultant & a letter of support for the Lupus society. Thank you