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About Foebane72

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  1. I don't do paid work at the moment, only voluntary work (3 afternoons per week).
  2. I am inquiring about how older, single people are treated on UC and how often they are likely to be sanctioned compared to other age groups. I am 47 in September and have always been Single, and if I was to be put onto Universal Credit soon (as I think I may be) then I am wondering how often people in my group would be at risk of sanction. I have seen charts where, the older the claimant is, the chances of sanction are less likely, but I have not been able to find out information about single people. I have seen a pie chart of that kind mentioning single parents or couples and even disabled people, but no mention of single people at all. Are people in my group hit hardest or not? I am currently on ESA as I have a physical "limitation" and have mental health issues (anxiety and paranoia) but I heard that next year, everyone on legacy benefits will be moved over onto UC. Is that still the plan?
  3. I'll talk to the CAB sometime about all of this, rather than contact the local council directly. Thanks for the helpful info, peeps!
  4. I'm already getting the maximum, it seems. Looks like I'll have to pay the difference, then.
  5. My landlord wants to increase my rent, and so he has asked me if I can get an increase from my Housing Benefit. I'm in shared accommodation with a private landlord, and I'm also claiming ESA. What are my options?
  6. Just got a new letter from them: the new WCA appointment is 18th July. Here we go again.
  7. WCA POSTPONED! I was actually on my way to the assessment centre when I got a phone call from them (showed up as (Private Number)) that because of overruns, my appointment was going to be rescheduled for another date. I told them I was on my way and they said sorry, rather apologetically. In fact, the woman on the line was quite nice. So what happens now? I think they said there might be a letter in the post about it, so do I just wait now? I only hope it's not some kind of trick to sanction me because of non-attendance, that's all. There'd be no evidence aside from the logged call.
  8. My WCA is on Thursday, and I would really like to know how long I should expect to await the outcome afterwards? Does it vary a lot? I know I'll be found Fit for Work so I was hoping to use that time to do my own jobsearch before the outcome letter comes.
  9. I've decided not to have the WCA recorded, as it seems less than 1% do so and chances are, they wouldn't be able to do it on the day anyway. I know I'm probably jumping the gun a bit, but if I'm found "fit for work", what are the chances of me being put on Universal Credit? I've had a leaflet for it in the past, and I think I'm only eligible for that, and I'm not looking forward to the long delay without any benefit. Lastly, I've heard that many on UC have to do 35hpw jobsearch, which is something I wouldn't be able to cope with. I haven't had a paid job since 2005.
  10. In that case, I won't bother asking them to record. However, it would then be our word against theirs, and they'd accuse us of colluding.
  11. I would like to record the interview as well as have a witness present, but I wonder why they insist on letting them know in advance if you're going to be using a recording device? How do I contact them to arrange this?
  12. Is it unreasonable of me to expect my landlord to attend the WCA with me?
  13. I've looked at the descriptors and I would not get any points for almost all of them. The only exception I can think of is the one with loss of bladder/bowel control, but the problem is I cannot empty my bladder without a medical aid (catheter), and it's very uncomfortable walking around with a full bladder than you can only pee about 10% out, believe me. But my condition is the opposite of this descriptor.
  14. I didn't think there was any evidence I could send, so I didn't, at the time. What evidence could I send that would help?
  15. The appointment is for the 15th of June, and I am quite worried at the moment. I always put off worrying about this until "I crossed the bridge" but that time has come. I guess I wasn't expecting it until after the election, somehow. So what do I do now? I've been advised to speak to my GP and someone else like a counselor or even my local Mind.
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