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Early, took me by surprise, I'd been told a month to wait, I can't even bear to read it, I'm a nervous wreck. I'm waiting to hear from the Law Centre as to whether or not they'll help me appeal to the upper tribunal to get my ESA back, what a bummer though - I was under the impression that they were based in an office about 4 miles away in an area I know very well which is a bus ride away, but no - if they take my case then I'll have to get a train to an office about 12 miles away in an area I am completely unfamiliar with.
 
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Sorry to hear this. Must feel like a kick in the guts. :hug1:
Mind you if a train journey means you'll get your ESA back, it's worth doing. I'm just sorry you're being put through all this stress.
 
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I'd say the train journey is worth it in this case, put earphones in and pretend you're own little bubble, it's what Ido to cope when I'm out.
 
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i know having to take a long journey by public transport then coherently argue your case
 
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At the moment I'm waiting to hear if they'll take my case - I spoke to them on Tuesday afternoon & they said they'd get back to me within 48 hours..... I really don't understand on what they're basing their decision as they did not ask me questions about my case on the phone, instead they asked me how much my rent is & how long I've lived at my current address:confused::confused: I have got to appeal to the upper tribunal - with or without their help, if they don't help me then I'll have to read up on the law regarding this (which is difficult for someone like me who barely has the energy to make a cup of tea/coffee).

I am really angry with the statement of reasons, it says that I am able to work because I socialise with my fiance; in reality my fiance comes round my place every evening (I never go to his house, well very rarely), we sit here & watch TV (oh & we've been together for over 5 years) - that is not socialising!!!:stomp:
 
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thats one of the problems with having one of those psychiatric willy washy diagnoseses, i'm worried a lot with heavy duty paranoid schitzoprenia, if they give me hassle
 
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thats one of the problems with having one of those psychiatric willy washy diagnoseses, i'm worried a lot with heavy duty paranoid schitzoprenia, if they give me hassle
What is willy washy ?
 
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What is willy washy ?
not exact not too well defined, aspergers isn't it, they can easily say you can work, god knows if they say schitzoprenics can work

i beleive you can get legal aid for an appeal to the upper tier whether you can get aid in proving you've a case for that apppeal
 
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not exact not too well defined, aspergers isn't it, they can easily say you can work, god knows if they say schitzoprenics can work

i beleive you can get legal aid for an appeal to the upper tier whether you can get aid in proving you've a case for that apppeal
I have Aspergers & depression & I'm OCD & anxious; I don't think it's fair to say that schizophrenia is worse or to grade illnesses/conditions or say that someone with cancer is worse than a paraplegic & so on.

The fear to me of having to 'sign on' and/or take some crappy job is very real - I might as well be facing having to walk down Oxford Street stark naked & then be whipped.
 
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I have Aspergers & depression & I'm OCD & anxious; I don't think it's fair to say that schizophrenia is worse or to grade illnesses/conditions or say that someone with cancer is worse than a paraplegic & so on.

The fear to me of having to 'sign on' and/or take some crappy job is very real - I might as well be facing having to walk down Oxford Street stark naked & then be whipped.
i never said it was fair, but i feel the dwp do look at it that way, as do social services, i went through a period where i was rediagnosed with what i'd call willy washy diagnoseses, i just think that hardening up the diagnosis is one way forward, assuming you can and the dr would agree
 
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OMG I can't explain the feeling of relief that has come over me, a lady from the Law Centre phoned me & offered me an appointment for next Thursday, she sounded nice but more importantly she sounded competent - like she could kick the tribunal/DWP's arse for me.
 
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OMG I can't explain the feeling of relief that has come over me, a lady from the Law Centre phoned me & offered me an appointment for next Thursday, she sounded nice but more importantly she sounded competent - like she could kick the tribunal/DWP's arse for me.
what time will you have to travel in the rush hour
 
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what time will you have to travel in the rush hour
She asked me if I wanted a morning or afternoon appointment, to which I replied middle of the day, so she made me a 1pm appointment, I specifically asked for the middle of the day to avoid both morning & afternoon/evening busy periods.
 
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