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Hi all.

 

I'm a newbie, although I've read lots of posts this is my first, so hope I don't ramble & it's in the right place.

 

I have about 3 migraines a wk, meaning I spend 3-4 days a wk in my darkened bedroom. due to pain, made worse by movement & light. Daily Auras cause visual disturbances. Other symptoms include: unsteady, drunk like gait, episodes of not being present about 1x wkly, loss of consciousness about 1x wkly, nausea/vomiting. All this started after relocating to a new area where I know nobody and I'm totally isolated. The condition itself results in depression, the constant DWP harassment (constant since Oct'11) is making this so much worse.

 

I first claimed ESA in Sept'09 and have had 3 WCA's - 1st: zero points overturned at tribunal appeal a year later, 15pts consciousness. 2nd: waited for 3mths for the outcome of LCW only to receive an ESA50 the next day. 3rd: zero points, overturned by GL24 appea in Novl, with help from a local disability group.

 

On Sat the 8/12 I got a sanction letter from JC+ for failing to attend WFI, which I never received a letter. After an horrendously anxious wkend, this was overturned after to the advisor and making another appointment, which was on Fri 11/01 at 4pm. I was mandated to Seetec work programme and told to expect to hear from them in a couple of weeks.

 

Today I received a letter from Seetec saying I failed to attend initial appointment, again no letter received (How is it ESA50's & sanction letters Arrive?), with a new date & time and saying I'll be there for 2-3 hrs. However this is impossible as I didn't leave JC+ until 16:45 Fri, unless this was put in motion on the 8/12? Also it is in a different town to stated in Action Plan, due to Meds no way can get there for 9am, no contact tel number included in letter.

 

I'm seriously at my wits end with all this, any help/advice would be appreciated. :sad:

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hi welcome to CAG...your post if a little confusing towards the end, have you now been sanctioned for not attending initial wfi? or have you been given a new appt to go, and you need help with this?

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Hi debt4get

 

Can they put you on a work programme before a WFI? Missed original WFI date as letter never arrived. Actual WFI took place Fri 11th Jan at end of the day. Got letter from Seetec dated 15/01 saying failed to attend initial appointment to Work Programme. Impossible?

 

Also Seetec appointment in a different town to that on the action plan & too early cause of meds, can I get it in the town I want and at a different time?

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well you can always ask, inform them of your action plan, you need to get well informed about the work programme and how it can affect you, there are various threads around regarding this..

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well you can always ask, inform them of your action plan, you need to get well informed about the work programme and how it can affect you, there are various threads around regarding this..

 

Did a search 'esa wrag work programme' didn't find many recent experiences, which why I'm a bit clueless. Though did get don't sign waivers and can't be forced to do anything you scored points on, as my 15 were on consciousness descriptor not sure it helps?

 

Did make a couple of phone calls and found out you cannot be put on Work Programme before your WFI.

 

Seetec sent me the wrong letter & made appointment at wrong office, great start filling me with confidence.

 

An important point, the 2-3 hour appointment is not really an appointment, it's first come first served, so REQUEST a one to one appointment to avoid a possible long wait.

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