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WFI not what I expected 7 years 8 months ago #98116

PC wrote: My understanding of the reasons I was asked questions about my finances at the first WFI was that the advisor was checking to see that I was receiving all benefits I was entitled to. Maybe I'm a gullible, fool, but I felt that she was actually being supportive, in that she did identify a benefit I was eligible to apply for. Also, perhaps she had some influence on appeal at reconsideration stage after meeting me and observing that I did actually meet the descriptors for support group that I had included in my claim but the ATOS assessor had not considered when doing the paper assessment.

Or am I being lulled into a false sense of security here?


I do not think so. All of my dealings with the DWP and JC+ have been professional and helpful.

Gordon
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WFI not what I expected 7 years 8 months ago #98117

Don't forget that the majority of DWP/JCP employees are just ordinary people, doing the job to the best of their ability :)
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WFI not what I expected 7 years 8 months ago #98131

Hi PC
Seems to be a few posts here now since you replied to mine on thre first page, yes, seems we are along very simular lines and at simular stages of the process, my age is close to yours also.

I am sure that JCP are more keen to get younger people back into work rather that the ones nearer the end of there working life, not to say that more mature "customers" are any less valuable in the job market.

Did your advisor give you any clue to when your next WFI would be even if its over the phone ? as my advisor did not give any time scale.

I do hope that your WFI path is calm and you get left alone even for a short period of time as that looks like all it will be in the vast majority of cases.

Regards, Derek

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WFI not what I expected 7 years 8 months ago #98135

Derekq wrote: Hi PC
Seems to be a few posts here now since you replied to mine on thre first page, yes, seems we are along very simular lines and at simular stages of the process, my age is close to yours also.

I am sure that JCP are more keen to get younger people back into work rather that the ones nearer the end of there working life, not to say that more mature "customers" are any less valuable in the job market.

Did your advisor give you any clue to when your next WFI would be even if its over the phone ? as my advisor did not give any time scale.

I do hope that your WFI path is calm and you get left alone even for a short period of time as that looks like all it will be in the vast majority of cases.

Regards, Derek


Hi Dq,

PC has now been placed into The SG, so they cannot be compelled to attend WFI & WRA anymore. :)

See this post from PC's other topic thread : www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/forum?view=top...96483&start=12#97919

bro58

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WFI not what I expected 7 years 8 months ago #98140

Hi Bro58
GREAT news, thanks for letting me know about PC being placed into the SG, good to hear some more positive news.

Regards, Derek

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WFI not what I expected 7 years 8 months ago #98148

Hi bro58 and Derekq

Indeed I have a letter telling me I am in support group. I also have today received a letter dated 4 days later telling me my ESA rate of benefit from April, and reminding me that my ESA will be time limited as I am in WRAG CB. I am hoping that someone was a bit slow in communicating between DWP offices, but will follow this up in the next few days if DWP doesn't send a corrected letter.

Derekq

The JC+ adviser did not know when I had the first WFI that I would on appeal be moved to support group, though she did anticipate it. She told me that if I had not been placed in support group she would be carrying out the next WFI in approximately 3 months time by phone.
I had hoped that by reporting in forum my experience at wfi others going through the process would be less anxious about attending them. As Mrs Hurtyback and Gordon have commented, DWP and JC+ staff are ordinary people doing their job to the best of their ability. I think they are sometimes demonised for just operating in a system that is very strained and in my opinion, seriously flawed. I was certainly treated with utmost respect and courtesy, by JC+, for which I was very grateful.

Best wishes
PC

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