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What is ESA? And should I claim it?

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Hello,

 

A friend told me about this site and that I'd get good advice so here goes.

 

I've been working for the last year but got made redundant last month. I went to claim job seekers and the woman said I need to go on some work programme to help me with work experience even though I've been working for years and only lost my job last month.

 

She told me I've got to go to some pakistani charity in finsbury park even though I live in south london. I don't have the money to get there and actually don't even agree with this charity after researching it. I think money and free labour should help people in our own country and not pakistan which is a place I really don't like. But if I don't do it I'll get sanctioned.

 

My friend told me that I should tell my adviser that I'm feeling depressed about this and it makes me feel anxious. If I do this then I can claim something called ESA and they'll leave me alone. He said everyones doing it to get out of the hell of JSA, but I don't feel comfortable pretending to be nuts when I'm not.

 

What should I do? thanks.

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ESA is for people with a health condition which affects their ability to work.

 

It doesn't sound like this is your situation at all?

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Well we can and hope we do give good advice.

 

As such, we would advise that pretending to have Mental Health Issues, when you don't, is not a very good idea at all and no one on CAG would advise you otherwise.

 

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No its not. I want to work. But I don't want to give free labour to this charity place. I get 72 a week job seekers, so that would even work out at about 90p an hour if I did it! Crazy! But my friend told me everyone is saying anxiety and depression gets you on esa and then they leave you alone?

I think I've now got this health condition brought on by this woman at job centre.

Do I have to go to my doctor or can I just tell them at job centre?

thanks for your reply

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For sure you would need your GP to back up any Mental Health issue.


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My advice is that ESA is not the easy ride and that once on it, it can actual make you ill. I was trapped on it for a number of years

 

Regards charity work, I signed up to a site called DO-IT.org and chose my own before giving them the chance, I got what I wanted and was local, it does not give me experience but, keeps the wolves kind of from the door.

 

Go to the site create an account and the rest is just local charities to where you live, mine reimburses my bus fare. Sometimes you benefit more from jumping before you are pushed, mine is only four hours a week but, I would do more if asked.

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But my friend told me everyone is saying anxiety and depression gets you on esa and then they leave you alone?

I think I've now got this health condition brought on by this woman at job centre.

 

Are you serious?

 

Your ''friend'' is anything but, he is the sole reason why I have spent the last "three years" fighting tooth and nail'' to be put in the support group of ESA because of my brain damage and mental health issues, and you think that you can utter 'depression & anxiety' and get ESA??

 

You my friend are having a tin bath!


Who ever heard of someone getting a job at the Jobcentre? The unemployed are sent there as penance for their sins, not to help them find work!

 

 

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You could try to claim it, but you won't get it. It's now a very difficult benefit to claim, and you have no chance with your circumstances.

 

I actually think this is a wind-up, though.

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I actually think this is a wind-up, though.

 

Well the OP has done a very good job of that!

 

I hope he does claim it and gets exposed for the workshy parasite he is...:mad2:


Who ever heard of someone getting a job at the Jobcentre? The unemployed are sent there as penance for their sins, not to help them find work!

 

 

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Well the OP has done a very good job of that!

 

I hope he does claim it and gets exposed for the workshy parasite he is...:mad2:

 

 

Well this is a public forum and we know that the DWP do look at these forums, sufficient information has been given to identify the OP !


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A post has been removed, totally unacceptable.


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Well the OP has done a very good job of that!

 

I hope he does claim it and gets exposed for the workshy parasite he is...:mad2:

 

Don't call me a parasite when you don't know anything about my circumstances.

 

It's clear from what you said you have mental health issues and brain damage so I will allow you a little slack, but abuse like "parasite" is not acceptable. Be careful.

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It's because of posts like the OPs that many people think we're scroungers and it's becoming harder and harder to get sickness benefits now.

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OP, what you are suggesting is benefit fraud and is abhorrent.

 

If this charity does work which you have ethical issues with, then put it in writing to your adviser. But I'm not sure it's acceptable to hate a whole country, which is prejudice and not acceptable.

 

If you cannot afford to get to the placement speak to your adviser about help you can get.


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OP, what you are suggesting is benefit fraud and is abhorrent.

 

If this charity does work which you have ethical issues with, then put it in writing to your adviser. But I'm not sure it's acceptable to hate a whole country, which is prejudice and not acceptable.

 

If you cannot afford to get to the placement speak to your adviser about help you can get.

 

Thanks estellyn for a reasoned response. No I don't have a problem with the whole country, I just watch the news, and have grown up in an area of London where I see the damage not challenging cultural shtiness does in the name of political correctness.

I don't expect any of you to understand that though, and that's not what my question was about. I'm talking about ESA.

Okay, so you are basically saying that I'm not depressed and anxious enough yet for esa.

I thought the same thing but I do feel very depressed and panicky each time I have to go to the job centre. But not enough yet....

Cooll thanks for the advice.

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williamtold,

 

We all join sites for a reason, I have my issue ongoing right now and that's why I joined today, but if I can help someone with advice on something I have gone through then I will. I went through ESA and I was very ill at the time, this was not easy and the assessments that follow were humiliating and degrading. This ended through the ultimate humiliation whilst I was still not fully well (ATOS) I know some will know what I mean. You go on sick ok, then what after you're found fit for work a few months later. Delaying is pretty pointless, depression is not a reason you can't work.

 

Can you lift a kettle? can you wash yourself? can you walk a few yards? ESA should be for those who can't do any of these things and more.

 

We all have our gripes and knowledge of what's wrong with this country but this is about benefits, use the DO-IT site and you may find something more suitable.

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I'm sorry for what you've gone through, but serious clinical depression can be a reason that someone can't work.

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williamtold,

 

We all join sites for a reason, I have my issue ongoing right now and that's why I joined today, but if I can help someone with advice on something I have gone through then I will. I went through ESA and I was very ill at the time, this was not easy and the assessments that follow were humiliating and degrading. This ended through the ultimate humiliation whilst I was still not fully well (ATOS) I know some will know what I mean. You go on sick ok, then what after you're found fit for work a few months later. Delaying is pretty pointless, depression is not a reason you can't work.

 

Can you lift a kettle? can you wash yourself? can you walk a few yards? ESA should be for those who can't do any of these things and more.

 

We all have our gripes and knowledge of what's wrong with this country but this is about benefits, use the DO-IT site and you may find something more suitable.

 

Thank you dazz, you sound like a good guy. I'm grateful for you taking the time to respond. I take on board what you've said.

 

A lot of other posters here could learn a lot from dazz rather than waging a war of "who's less disabled me..."

Okay I won't claim esa for my anxiety and depression then, you've all convinced me it's not real and just in my own head. very helpful. thanks. yawn.

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Oh for heaven's sake. Enough.


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