So, I received a letter last week from the DWP stating that I failed to attend an appointment with Seetec on August 8th and that I needed a ‘good reason’ as to why I didn’t turn up. If I didn’t have a good enough reason then my entitlement to my ESA may be affected.
I remember exactly the appointment in question. I had gotten all psyched up to go out to the appointment. I was stood at the bus stop for almost 20 minutes and there was no sign of the bus. I thought I would call them just to let them know that I would be a little bit late as the bus still hadn’t turned up.
The chap I spoke to was somewhat of an idiot. He didn’t know what the heck he was doing. After about 10 minutes on the phone with him, he said that I didn’t need to turn up and that someone would be in contact with me by the end of the week. It’s now August 29th and i’m still waiting for that call – 3 weeks later! The irony is that the bus turned up about 2 minutes after I got off the phone with him!
I didn’t think any more of it – until I got the letter from the DWP.
I called them with my ‘good reason’. I stated what had happened on the day and the chap didn’t seem to care too much. I feel I may have a fight on my hands with this one. I also told him that I was told right from the off that I didn’t have to attend and it wouldn’t affect my entitlement to benefit if I didn’t show up as I am on ESA. Well, Seetec are such liars as I was told by the chap from the DWP that I had to attend as it was mandatory.
I have another appointment tomorrow that I have to attend and I will be having words with the advisor there about all this. And they wonder why people get more ill when they have to go through stuff like this.
This government has picked on the disabled as they are easy targets for cuts. I can’t understand why they don’t pick on the habitually lazy people on JSA who refuse to work – a few I know. They need to make them go on these work related activities instead of picking on the disabled.