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riverofdragons

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:eek::(I moved from SSP to employment and support allowance in july and was signed off for 3 months by my doc.

Just had a letter about a 'Pathways to work' interview on the 16th September and now i'm having a meltdown.

What is this?...I thought there was a medical...have they just decided I can work without any questionaire or medical??

:cry::unsure::eek::(:cry::confused:
 
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:eek::(I moved from SSP to employment and support allowance in july and was signed off for 3 months by my doc.

Just had a letter about a 'Pathways to work' interview on the 16th September and now i'm having a meltdown.

What is this?...I thought there was a medical...have they just decided I can work without any questionaire or medical??

:cry::unsure::eek::(:cry::confused:
I think the Pathways thing is just to see if there's anything they can do to help WHEN you're ready to try to go back to work - don't worry too much. IIRC it's more to do with how your condition affects you everyday, it's not a "you're fine, now get a job!" letter.:)
 
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Part of the letter.....

"What will happen at the interview?

The interview will last about an hour and is a meeting with our advisor, to discuss the help that we may be able to offer you to take the first steps to returninf to work. We will be able to tell you about the support that is available and discuss what is right for meeting your needs.

At the interview we can offer advice on:

- the steps that can be taken towards getting paid or voluntary work
- training to update your skills
- programes to help you manage your health condition
- job brokers who help you look for work and give support once you are in work
- permitted work - which could help you try different kinds of work whilst still being entitled to benefit
- tax credits to top-up low wages, a £4 per week return to work credit and other financial support available
- other help you may be able to access and
- possible referral to specialist support provided by disability employment advisors"



This sounds like they are trying to get me straight back into work....
 
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Basically pathways to employment is basically what is says. Its the DWPs first stage in getting people back to work. :)
I was meant to have that- and at the time I thought ok- but the Reed agency messed it up and never saw me. Wonder how much tax payers money goes into that sort of agency.


I would suggest that before the DWP step up their "spotlight" on benefit fraud etc- the real crime is paying agencies like Reed and Atos milions of pounds for contracts that half of them dont do right in the first place.

Trust me on this, I maybe weird and a bit of a loon but I'm intelligent :D
 
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I had the initial interview. The guys reccomended any further interviews be deferred for a year. I promptly got a letter saying that my next interview would be about a week later. My support worker then phoned them, and got it deferred for six months.
 
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assuming you continued to get benefits?

i could cope with that...just terrified they will force me back to work while i am still so ill
 
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assuming you continued to get benefits?

i could cope with that...just terrified they will force me back to work while i am still so ill
Yeah its scary isnt it? and then in a couple of months you'll have the medical assessment. Unless your one of the lucky ones who dont have to attend it...

Eventually even the older claimants on incapacity benefit will be placed on ESA.

In my shear ignorance of the time I would've thought that someone waiting psychotherapy fell under the too sick to work sorta element.
 
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You think you are in meltdown, look how many cases the DWP and atos are behind with. I think you have a bit of breathing space going on my and other people's experiences with Pathways to work.

I am in my sixth month of the 13 week assessment period. Yes you read correctly, we are in the twilight zone lol. My initial 'mandatory' work focused interview in April lasted about 15 minutes and I was then to be referred to the broker (in my case, A4e) for the remainder which, I understand is the usual. However, I have had no interviews at all with A4e despite going along before the referral had come through. I spoke to them last week on the phone and apparently I can sign up as a voluntary user then get transferred over to the 'normal' route. As we are already beyond the allotted time frame, I shall hang fire and see what happens. In my experience it helps to have as much ammunition as possible for if and when they start putting the boot in. The medical which is also (usually) a mandatory part of this assessment took place after 13 weeks and 8 weeks later I am still waiting for a decision, no doubt another zero points; lengthy appeal to follow.

The bottom line is in spite of their jack booted style mouthing to the contrary, this government does not seem very urgent about getting anyone let alone the sick back into work - available training on JSA is testament to that - and in areas of especially high unemployment they are known to just sign people's card without question at the jobcentre. If it is about saving money, the admin costs several times more than the actual benefits paid. No, they can well afford the benefit. Back to reality whatever the rhetoric coming out of parliament, unemployment remains a 'necessary evil' of this system and I cannot see that changing in the current economic climate unless of course they are planning on bringing back the workhouse.

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