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    Please please help!

    Hello,

    I'm Janice from yorkshire.

    I'm 54 years old and have been in invalidity benefit for 15+ years

    I am dyslexic so it takes me a long time to get words one by one from a book, please forgive any mistakes

    My problems are, dyslexia, diabetes, arthritis, rsi, cannot walk stand or sit for long, cannot grasp anything tight, lift heavier than a carton of milk or raise my arms more than level with my shoulders. I use a walking stick to get around slowly and my feet get painful and go dead after walking for 5 mins. as for stairs, they are very hard indeed

    I had an atos medical 2 months ago and passed it and was put on wrag.

    today i had my interivew with a very harsh and totally unsympathetic person who said my medical 2 months ago gave me 1 yr, and becayse of that I now and forced to be put into the work programme.

    She said i will get a start time in a week or so. she didnt say how long it was, how many days or hours it was.

    I am now crying and in deep worry, i am unfit to work at any job at the moment, i can barely get about, it takes me 3 hours to go to the local shops with my trolly and when i get home my feet and legs are in pain for 2 days after.

    i do not know what to expect from work programme, I cant cope with it, please can you help me?

    tell me what i am to do and how long for?

    Right now i'm bordering on suicide, i know for a fact I cannot do a normal job now, and I am not lazy, I used to work in a mill, then a photograph house. I loved my job

    please help me

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    I'm really sorry - and a bit surprised - that you had such a hard time form the Advisor. Unfortunately being put into the WRAG can't be seen as having 'passed' the medical. To 'pass' in terms of being left alone without any hassle people have to be put in the Support Group.
    But there are a couple of things you could do. First - take advice on making a late appeal to be put in the Support Group, and second ask to see a specialist Disability Advisor at the Jobcentre. They are usually much more understanding.
    As far as the Work Programme goes it is often just playing the game. Depending on where you live - who is running the Work Programme there - and what the job market is like - there is every possibility that you won't get too much hassle from it. They can't create suitable jobs, and they know it. So the companies which run the Work Programmes are basically in it to make money out of the Government and often just play the game themselves. The programme probably won't run for long, but you have a right to know exactly what is involved, so phone the Jobcentre and ask.
    When you do start on the programme they will soon see what your limitations are, and I've no doubt you will meet other people who are in a similar situation and who understand what you are going through. If there are things you can't do - say so. But you won't be doing physical things there.

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    I'm still reading up on the vagaries of WRAG. I quoted elsewhere that if you are expected to be fit for work in 6 months or less it is mandatory to take part in work related activities. That said, I'm still coming across a lot of information that states any work related activity is totally voluntary. You cannot be forced to participate nor be sanctioned if you don't. Presumably, a good Welfare Rights Officer with up to date info can clarify. In the meantime, I'll quote this post from elsewhere:
    Naming no names, but some work programme providers are getting over enthusiastic about work for employment and support allowance claimants.
    Claimants in the work related activity group can't be mandated to apply for jobs.
    Take up work, or unpaid work experience.
    Undertake medical treatment.
    (From the Work Programme Provider Guidance on the Work n Pensions Website.
    Not to mention part 2 of the Employment and Support Allowance (Work Related Activity) Regs 2011)

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    Do you feel that you are able to be in full time employment? If not then you can ask for a revision of the DWP decision to put you WRG or put in an appeal on the grounds that you feel you should be in SG. I'm assuming that as you have been on IB for 15 years then you are not fit for work. I think that like many, you have been bamboozled into accepting WRG without knowing the consequences to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobble1 View Post
    Do you feel that you are able to be in full time employment? If not then you can ask for a revision of the DWP decision to put you WRG or put in an appeal on the grounds that you feel you should be in SG. I'm assuming that as you have been on IB for 15 years then you are not fit for work. I think that like many, you have been bamboozled into accepting WRG without knowing the consequences to you.
    Hello,

    no I am not able to do full time, heck I don't think I'm even capable of part time at the momet, its hard work just to get around. just doing things like cooking and washing takes all my effort as my arms and legs are quick to pain.
    i only do shopping 2 times a week as it takes me 3 hours there and back with my trolly and after im in pain for a long time.
    so right now getting to somewhere like work every day is going to be very hard.
    i dont know what to do, ive not stopped crying since I got home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janneedshelp View Post
    Hello,

    no I am not able to do full time, heck I don't think I'm even capable of part time at the momet, its hard work just to get around. just doing things like cooking and washing takes all my effort as my arms and legs are quick to pain.
    i only do shopping 2 times a week as it takes me 3 hours there and back with my trolly and after im in pain for a long time.
    so right now getting to somewhere like work every day is going to be very hard.
    i dont know what to do, ive not stopped crying since I got home.
    Well my advice to you is as posted earlier, ask for a revision or appeal.

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    Hi,

    I am also dyslexic. So I can relate to you on that matter. However I think everyone has covred all the good advie.

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