I've got my ESA tribunal tomorrow, for anxiety and depression. I have a supporting letter from my CPN (psychologist for those who don't know :P), and really, I couldn't hope for anything better. I have also received, only today, a letter from my GP. Now I don't trust my GP nearly as much as my CPN and I see him less often, for only 10 minutes at a time, so he is understandably less informed about my condition.
As a result the letter, whilst still good, isn't quite as supportive as the CPN's. Specifically one point; he has put at the end that we have discussed that work may be beneficial to my health. This is completely out of context - he mentioned it recently in a "if I fail my tribunal" capacity. Also, the tribunal is only allowed to consider information relevant at the time of my original medical assessment.
Seeing as how I have discussed the possibility of a couple of hours a week of voluntary (allowed) work with my Disability advisor at the job centre, I agreed that it was a goal that I would like to work towards, but that currently I feel unable - at the time of my medical assessment it was something I couldn't even begin to consider.
So I am left with a dilemma. Every part of me feels that the mention of the possibility of work will be taken out of context at the tribunal, and I would be seriously at risk of losing my ESA. I am terrified at the prospect of having to jump straight into full time work, without the possibility of easing myself in which volunteering will allow..
However my advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau has said that it is still a good letter and she thinks I should submit it anyway.
Does anyone have any thoughts about the best course of action?