On January 15th I was told that I hadn't scored enough points and that I would be losing my ESA. I appealed this decision and have waited as patiently as possible to hear back. I'm currently in Scotland visiting my boyfriend for his birthday, so I asked that my Mom open any mail for me while gone. She told me yesterday that a 90 page letter arrived from DWP informing me I have lost my appeal.
I received a letter at the end of June asking if I wanted to attend a hearing. I replied saying that I did not as my anxiety is too bad for me to handle sitting in a room with strangers, especially strangers judging me on whether or not I'm sick enough to work and gave further evidence on my issues.
The odd thing is, my Mom says the first page of the letter is dated July 23rd, 2013.. but some of the other pages (if not all, I don't remember and I'm not there to see it right this second) are dated April 22nd, 2013. Does this ever happen? I'm confused as to why there are two dates on pages. It's almost as if they pre-decided I'd not win the appeal.
I suffer from anxiety, depression, IBS, all over unexplained body pain, migraines, etc. I'm having a liver biopsy on August 5th, as it's suspected I may have Auto Immune Hepatitis (when the immune system attacks the liver), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromylagia and M.E/CFS have all been thrown around, but thus far I have no official diagnosis.
My question is this: What do I do now? What are my options?
I googled briefly last night when I couldn't sleep and some places online I've seen say that I can re-apply because the 6-month date starts from when they first deny you -- which for me is January 15th. But others say it's from the date of losing your appeal.
Can I appeal the appeal?
Am I entitled to Income Support or anything else if I'm not getting ESA? I claim DLA, get middle care and high mobility, but I don't think I'm entitled to any other benefits, am I? I've supplied them with all the sick notes they've required -- my last one has me signed off past November 2013. I don't know what I'm going to do.
Please can someone help me or give me some advice.