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    Work focused interview

    Hi

    I'll start with a little about our situation:

    I'm Marc and last year I had to give up work to become a full time carer for my wife who suffers from several rare conditions that render her unable to walk without assistance and unable to look after herself.

    She currently receives DLA at the higher rate mobilty and middle rate care and has been awarded this indefinitely, we also receive income support and I receive carers allowance.

    This morning we both received a letter that she (not me!) as to attend a work focused interview at our local job centre where she will be placed into a work focus group. If she does not attend our income support claim will stop. This seems ludicrous that, as her carer i am excused being available for work but she is expected to attend this when she can barely walk and suffers from severe chest pains when she does.

    As there been some kind of mistake? Or is this something that usually happens? We don't recieve ESA (not quite sure what it is) as I didn't like to claim to much (I know that may sound daft but i've always worked and felt guilty!)

    My wife is in constant pain and has to take 3 different imuno represent tablets daily as well as 15 other medications and this seems extremly harsh given the fact she is unable to work makes her very upset to start with.

    Thanks for any help that you can offer.

    Marc

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    i'm so sorry marc this is awful i'm sorry i can't give you any advice but the people on here are great and will help you and we will all be here to support you like i said i'm not very clued up but i'm sure you can appeal and yes we all understand about feeling guilty about claiming benefits it's what the goverment want so we don't claim they know the majority of people were hard working before illness struck so they label us and make us feel guilty and worthless hoping we will either not claim at all or nearly kill ourselfs trying to work you are not alone

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark27ukk View Post
    Hi

    I'll start with a little about our situation:

    I'm Marc and last year I had to give up work to become a full time carer for my wife who suffers from several rare conditions that render her unable to walk without assistance and unable to look after herself.

    She currently receives DLA at the higher rate mobilty and middle rate care and has been awarded this indefinitely, we also receive income support and I receive carers allowance.

    This morning we both received a letter that she (not me!) as to attend a work focused interview at our local job centre where she will be placed into a work focus group. If she does not attend our income support claim will stop. This seems ludicrous that, as her carer i am excused being available for work but she is expected to attend this when she can barely walk and suffers from severe chest pains when she does.

    As there been some kind of mistake? Or is this something that usually happens? We don't recieve ESA (not quite sure what it is) as I didn't like to claim to much (I know that may sound daft but i've always worked and felt guilty!)

    My wife is in constant pain and has to take 3 different imuno represent tablets daily as well as 15 other medications and this seems extremly harsh given the fact she is unable to work makes her very upset to start with.

    Thanks for any help that you can offer.

    Marc
    your income support is paid because of illness and might in time be transfered to esa, I THINK you will find she needs to attend ....you can call and talk to the person who sent the letter.

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    Hi Mark. I had a similar situation a few years ago. I was on HRM and MRC for DLA. I was also in reciept of Housing and council tax benefit and a top up amount of IS. I had a letter to go to the job centre for a work focused interview. I telephoned them and explained my situation, health and mobility problems etc. I was told I still had to attend. So, I got myself down there, with the help of a friend to drive me and escort me into the jobcentre, I saw a Disability advisor. He was very nice, we talked through all my problems and at the end He said, "we will not need to see you again".
    I would telephone them to confirm that she has to attend. Make sure they understand all her difficulties etc. Tell them that if she has to go, she needs to speak to a disability advisor. It could just be an informal interview to see how your wife is getting on and to update her records etc.
    What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davewhit View Post
    your income support is paid because of illness and might in time be transfered to esa, I THINK you will find she needs to attend ....you can call and talk to the person who sent the letter.
    I thought I got income support because I was a carer (Its me that is named on the claim not my wife) also I forgot to mention we have two young children so get the tax credits. It's all very confusing, people who moan about disabled people getting benefits and not wanting to work really don't realise its much easier working and being in control of your own money and future, instead of being in pain, attending constant hospital appointments, taking awful medications with terrible side effects, filling in endless claims forms and reading all the rubbish in the media... And breath

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyblu64 View Post
    Hi Mark. I had a similar situation a few years ago. I was on HRM and MRC for DLA. I was also in reciept of Housing and council tax benefit and a top up amount of IS. I had a letter to go to the job centre for a work focused interview. I telephoned them and explained my situation, health and mobility problems etc. I was told I still had to attend. So, I got myself down there, with the help of a friend to drive me and escort me into the jobcentre, I saw a Disability advisor. He was very nice, we talked through all my problems and at the end He said, "we will not need to see you again".
    I would telephone them to confirm that she has to attend. Make sure they understand all her difficulties etc. Tell them that if she has to go, she needs to speak to a disability advisor. It could just be an informal interview to see how your wife is getting on and to update her records etc.
    Ok thanks your situation sounds very similar, i'll do that on Tuesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark27ukk View Post
    I thought I got income support because I was a carer (Its me that is named on the claim not my wife) also I forgot to mention we have two young children so get the tax credits. It's all very confusing, people who moan about disabled people getting benefits and not wanting to work really don't realise its much easier working and being in control of your own money and future, instead of being in pain, attending constant hospital appointments, taking awful medications with terrible side effects, filling in endless claims forms and reading all the rubbish in the media... And breath
    she is being called then because she is the partner of someone on IS,

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    Quote Originally Posted by davewhit View Post
    she is being called then because she is the partner of someone on IS,
    Okay so does this mean she will have to attend? I mean it seems so stupid that I am classed as unavailable for work because I am carer, yet the person I care for is having to attend a work focused interview...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark27ukk View Post
    Okay so does this mean she will have to attend? I mean it seems so stupid that I am classed as unavailable for work because I am carer, yet the person I care for is having to attend a work focused interview...
    you need to talk to them and get expert advise,at this stage not going could mean they could stop your claim without something in writing to say its sorted

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    marc there is mention that your getting income support and this wfi is related to that part of your claim. i was going to claim income support top up some years ago and was told that as part of the criteria you have to attend the J.C, i dropped my claim due to having regular hospital treatment still ongoing.

    as BB states try and explain the situation to the J.C and they may decide to drop the wfi.

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