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    Last year of working age

    Hi all, since i had my so called medical assessment carried out by the health care non professional at ATOS, i have been looking at various forums regarding what my possible outcomes could be once the mysterious Decision maker contained within the bowels of DWP has decided what group to put me in, so far i have been awaiting their decision for 5 weeks. I have come to the conclusion that if i am placed on JSA i will never work again, if i am placed in the WRAG i'll never work again, if i am placed in the SG i will never work again. In four weeks time i will reach the ripe old age of 64, so i've only got 56 weeks left before i retire, i am currently on IB and haven't worked for over 20 years now because of the osteoarthritis in my knees, hip and lower spine, not to mention a lump the size of a golf ball in my groin. No doubt the DM will decide that i am fit enough to work and able to do any job, any pain i suffer is not of any importance, so i will ask them to find me a job as a steeplejack!!! Start at 8.00am, finish at 8.30am because i can't climb the ladders, but hey i'm still considered fully fit. There are hundreds of thousands if not millions of younger people than me out there crying out to be employed, why try and find a job for someone who is quite frankly unemployable? The same goes for the WRAG group. I will appeal any decision to put me on JSA, that'll take a few months up!! It won't be the first time as i won my last appeal way back in 1995, i didn't have the arthritis then so my medical condition has gotten worse over the years. I was just wondering if there is any one else who like me was born a few weeks too late and has had to go through all this agro within a few months of retirement. If there is, can you offer any advice, help, or indeed your experiences in dealing with the DWP as i've never really had to. Thankyou in anticipation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by art446 View Post
    Hi all, since i had my so called medical assessment carried out by the health care non professional at ATOS, i have been looking at various forums regarding what my possible outcomes could be once the mysterious Decision maker contained within the bowels of DWP has decided what group to put me in, so far i have been awaiting their decision for 5 weeks. I have come to the conclusion that if i am placed on JSA i will never work again, if i am placed in the WRAG i'll never work again, if i am placed in the SG i will never work again. In four weeks time i will reach the ripe old age of 64, so i've only got 56 weeks left before i retire, i am currently on IB and haven't worked for over 20 years now because of the osteoarthritis in my knees, hip and lower spine, not to mention a lump the size of a golf ball in my groin. No doubt the DM will decide that i am fit enough to work and able to do any job, any pain i suffer is not of any importance, so i will ask them to find me a job as a steeplejack!!! Start at 8.00am, finish at 8.30am because i can't climb the ladders, but hey i'm still considered fully fit. There are hundreds of thousands if not millions of younger people than me out there crying out to be employed, why try and find a job for someone who is quite frankly unemployable? The same goes for the WRAG group. I will appeal any decision to put me on JSA, that'll take a few months up!! It won't be the first time as i won my last appeal way back in 1995, i didn't have the arthritis then so my medical condition has gotten worse over the years. I was just wondering if there is any one else who like me was born a few weeks too late and has had to go through all this agro within a few months of retirement. If there is, can you offer any advice, help, or indeed your experiences in dealing with the DWP as i've never really had to. Thankyou in anticipation.
    with 56 weeks to go if your placed in wrag group appeal ..............by the time they carry out review and appeal the year will be up imo

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    I think if you're over Pension Credit age you don't need to take part in Work focused interviews. On that note - maybe claim pension credit?

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    Defo with only 56 weeks to go, if you are not happy with the outcome of your WCA, appeal their decision. You can then claim the Assessment Phase of ESA. Those 56 weeks will fly by while the appeal grinds on.

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    dunno how you feel about hitting pension age art446 but if you dont mind me saying it, i think you're very lucky!

    but only lucky in the sense that you will no longer have to deal with the stresses of being on ESA anymore!

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    You sound like you are old enough to go onto Pension Credit now. You could stop your IB claim if favour of Pension Credit now.

    Try the Pension Credit calculator with and without your IB. https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit-calculator

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    You sound like you are old enough to go onto Pension Credit now. You could stop your IB claim if favour of Pension Credit now.

    Try the Pension Credit calculator with and without your IB. https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit-calculator
    Thanks for the advice, I took ill health early retirement 20 years ago, the pension i received was based on me being 65 at the time, i was a senior supervisor/manager at the time and had worked for them for 25 years, so my pension is a very good one which means my income is over the level required for me to claim pension credit.

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