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I need some advice I am so mad!

 

I had a knee reconstruction on June 4th and have been signed off work via Doctors, I am due to see my specialist today for a check up.

Coincedently my sik note expires today.

 

What do I do?

 

Mad is not the word, everytime I pass my jobcentre there are alcoholics drinking cand of lager etc outside just before they go and sing on.

 

Seems to me that being honest with them gets me in trouble.

 

 

Any advice?

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That's really not enough information to answer your question - indeed, I'm not entirely sure what your question is.

 

You are claiming, what, ESA? Or JSA? What fraud is suspected? Did you make the Jobcentre aware of your health condition when it happened?

 

Not to sound abrupt, it's just that we'd need to know more in order to offer any advice.

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Got to agree with Antone here, you don't really give us enough info.

 

When is the interview? Surely not today if you only got the letter today?

 

Simplest case is: You go to the interview and you take with you all documentary evidence and when the interview is over, you leave. Why getting your knickers in a twist? :-?

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Sorry to explain more:

 

I was on JSA from November 2008 due to redundancy, On June 6th 2009 I had a knee reconstruction - which the jobcentre knew of weeks before, following there advice I put my claim for ESA in the day before my operation.

I have been receiving ESA since that date as I have been signed off by my doctor/specialist.

Around 3 weeks ago I had to go to a Jobcentre medical assement where the Doctor looked at my knee for aprrox 5 seconds, then asked me questions for the next 20 mins. The questions seemed random to me, for example, what do I make my sun for breakfast, what hand do I right with/? What do I watch on TV in the evening.

 

Since the assesment I have not heard anything other than that my ESA has changed from Contribution based to Income based or vice versa, so I no longer get housing benefit and have to pay £800 back in overpayment.

As I say I received a letter yesterday saying "We have arranged this interview because we believe there are grounds for suspecting that you may have committed a criminal offence in relation to a benefit claim"

That is all the info I have, I called the jobcentre and they cannot give me anymore info and the persion who signed the letter is on holiday until Monday.

My interview is WEdnesday 16th.

 

I am "getting my knickers in a twist" as I have done nothing wrong what so ever, I have genuine doctor notes, so I am not worried, just more frustrated that I see people who get the benefits no questions asked when it is clear they have no intention of getting a job.

 

I guess my question(s) is thus,

What happens now? Will my benefits be stopped until they have interviewed me etc as my doctor has signed me off for a further 4 weeks today.

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Yes, but for all you know, they think they have good grounds... like a friendly neighbour phoning them to say there's nothing wrong with you... Who knows?

 

IF the suspicion is because of the change from JSA to ESA, then you'll have to point out that a) you did this on the JC advice, and b) you're worse off now than you were before, so that would be the stupidest fraud attempt EVER :rolleyes:.

 

Incidentally, can you appeal that change in your classification?

 

It's been a long time since I was on benefits, but they didn't use to stop them before the investigation, only if they were convinced at the interview that you were guilty (or you admitted to it) and they would tell you there and then, but things might have changed. Common sense says they shouldn't stop them until the investigation is over, but the DSS and common sense don't always go hand in hand. :-(

 

Good luck, let us know what happens.

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Thanks, I have sp[oken with jobcentre today and they say my payments will continue as normal.

 

I'm just confused as to why all of a sudden I have this interview, even though I have been signed off by a specialist and have no gaps what so ever since my operation.

My personal opinion is that it is a result from my medical assesment I had through the jobcentre, where the doctor bent my leg and looked at the swelling, that was the extent of the physical examination.

I guee my frustration is coming from the sense of not knowing.

I think they should tell you ssomething about the suspisions so you are able to prepare your defence.

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Yes, but where would be their fun in that? :rolleyes:

 

DH is off work with hernia op, I have been faithfully bringing sick notes and updates to his work. Also dropped form for mortgage insurance last week asking them to send it back asap.

 

What came through the post yesterday? Not the insurance forms, that's for sure, no, instead, he has to traipse all the way into London next week for a work medical, less than 2 weeks after an op which has currently a 12-15 cm scar around his belly-button. :rolleyes: Oh, and his job involves heavy lifting. :mad:

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