I’m still on ESA, Pat. I first went on it in the Support Group four years ago while I had cancer. That group is the one where they’re not expecting you to work, and is not time limited. Then after I finished chemo and was in remission they put me back in the Work-related Group, where they support you while you get back into work. That’s the three year limited one.
Last year it became obvious to me that I couldn’t really work (I had tried, I was self-employed) so I asked to go back into the Support Group. It took them a long time to process this, by which time I had my PPMS dx, so they put me into the Support Group but said I’d need to be interviewed. The interview was a doddle really, it was clear to the guy that I could not expect to work.
They back dated payment to when I first applied to go into the Support Group. By the way I’m also on DLA Higher Rate Mobility and Medium Rate Care (which means my wife gets Carer’s Allowance).
I don’t know what they’ll ask in the phone call, but I think you should ask to go into the ESA Support Group. Tell them what the situation is, don’t ever for one minute think you’re a scrounger, and as we said on another thread the other day, don’t over estimate your capabilities. You’ll be fine, don’t worry.
Finally if they do refuse you, appeal. Get help from CAB. You’ve already got your evidence together. It’ll take ages for the appeal to happen, but they should pay you in the meantime,or at least back date all payments when you finally get your decision.