Hi all !
I’ve just come off the phone (3rd 45+ minute call - 35 mins waiting each time) with Jobcentre+ to find out why my ESA payment has stopped.
Now been told that my GP sick note had ‘expired’ and that’s why payment had ceased as quickly as it started. According to the stupid person I spoke to I should be looking for work within 365 days. I expained (…had to raise my voice just to get them to shut up) that I was in the wrong group and was unlikely to ever work again with this condition. That was like pulling hen’s teeth as I don’t think she listened to a word I said.
According to her, you have to be ‘terminal’ to get into the support group. Until they put me in the correct group (which, I was told, could take a further 8 months), I will need a GP’s sick note repeatedly for the next year to carry on receiving ESA.
Until this is sorted, I am living on savings and the woefully inadequate money my former employer’s insurers bequeath me!
I just want to scream…