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I have a medical assessment next Tuesday for my ESA claim and a WFI the very next day

Surely this cant be right?

I am just out of a weeks detox for alcohol dependence and signed as unfit for work at present from my GP

I have a support worker coming along with me to my medical and will be taking my meds along with me

I did detox last time at the end of August and managed to get a job but this lasted a week as I found it hard to cope and I ended up drinking before going to work and when I got home.


I am also starting to see a counsellor today and will be doing CBT work as well as going to a mindfulness course

therefore, support is ongoing and I still have another 2 weeks before my sick line runs out.


I know I will be able to return to work in the near future but my heads not in the right place at present

What do folk think my chances are of qualifying?

and what happens if I don't as I have no other income


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I'm no expert and hopefully someone more knowledgeable will be along in a bit to clarify but I have a feeling the WFI won't be mandatory as the outcome of your WCA is not known yet and it could only become mandatory if you were placed in the WRAG as a result of your WCA.

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Attendance at the WFI is mandatory. Since you've said you plan to go along anyway this is probably not relevant, but just for reference, you could call them up and ask to reschedule it. Requests like that should be considered on their merits, and if your condition would make it difficult to attend appointments two days in a row, they should take that into account and possibly offer you a different date.


WFIs in general should not be too much hassle. They can discuss what plans you may have to return to work in the future, but note that you can't be mandated to apply for or accept work (paid or unpaid, including "Community Work Placement" type things) or to undergo medical treatment.




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I'll certainly be going but I'll be making it clear that I'm being treated by a therapist at present and have just completed a detox so work at the moment is not a priority,getting well enough to work is though

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