I started writing on this topic and the post became too long, so I’m splitting it. I am one person, affected by a welfare benefits overhaul, who doesn’t know how to feel yet. So, first part:
There is a massive change in welfare benefits in the UK at the moment, which is of concern to anyone who is already claiming sickness related benefits or will shortly need to.
If you are in the process of being assessed or wish to download the forms and information guides, then the dwp website has the links if you click—–> here.
Since there is the whole country to get through, people must feel the impact, for good or bad, at staggered times.
It’s my turn to be staggered.
Well, I completed the limited capability for work form, within the month, as required. I then awaited for the results.
A few days ago I got the decision letter telling me that I had been placed in the work related activity group (as opposed to the ’support’ group, which is reserved for those with limited capability for work related activity - KEEP UP, WILL YOU, this stuff is reviting. I’m about to RIVET you.
I was totally anxious when I got that letter. I’ve not had time to read through the time-consuming, dreary particulars, which I am endeavouring to do, one clause at a time, but it really set me in a tail spin of anxiety when it hit me that I knew nothing about the new structure.
The greatest fear comes from simply not knowing.
I only knew the true extent of my not-knowing, when I received the decision letter, which helped to clarify that I was in a very vague category, with vague responsibilities to attend and take part in job focused interviews (or my benefit could be affected). That last part was pretty clear.
Phrases like taking reasonable steps, seeing a job focused adviser at regular intervals rang out crystal clear, like piccolo song across a frosty lake.