DWP told me I will not be invited for work capability assessment
I was recommended to see my hospital benefits adviser but I am unable to get an appointment till after a month of the due date to send my completed ESA50.
I was told at the hospital to phone the DWP and request a deferral.
I phoned the DWP and I was told that I will not be required to attend a face to face assessment and implied that they will perform a paper assessment, they just want the form back to update their records, he told me not to worry about seeing my benefits adviser. He asked me about any new new conditions which I gave him over the phone. He sounded reassuring, I told him that I don’t trust the DWP following bad press, he told me not to believe everything I read. He told me that I must send the completed form on time and they cannot defer.
In my last face to face assessment two years ago – surprisingly by a very compassionate and understanding DWP doctor – the doctor wrote ‘The available evidence suggests improvement is unlikely in the longer term’. Could this be the reason the DWP are carrying out a paper assessment as they assured me? Or are the DWP trying to mislead me and not seek professional advice so that I fail the ESA review?