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ESA Reassessment - Brother With Learning Disabilities
One of my brothers is in his 50's. He has been on ESA and DLA for
several Years. He was put into the ESA support Group as soon as we
applied for it for him. He lives with my 80 Year old Father, who had
a Stroke a few Years ago. He is more and more forgetful, which is why
have to go with my brother and not our dad.
When my brother was born his brain was starved of Oxygen, causing permanent
brain damage. He had to be educated at a 'Special School', as a result.
He cannot take in instructions or advice, and has to be told things over
and over again. He also acts impulsively, as he cannot see any danger in
what he is doing. As such, he cannot cook meals etc. He is very naive -
like a child - and several cruel people have tried to exploit him over
the Years. A shop keeper only has to smile at him and he thinks they
are his 'Friends'.
I am now greatly worried. He has been called in for a ESA Reassessment
next Week. I filled in the Form for him, and told them how my brother is,
but they seem to have disregarded it and they want to interview him.
I will have to go with him to the Interview. I'm hoping that they will let
me speak for him. He gets very confused indeed, if someone asks him a lot of
questions. I am very worried that he will say the 'wrong thing' and that
they may remove him from the Support Group. He cannot even fill a Form in,
so, he would not be able to cope with the WRAG Group. He can't even write
his name properly.
Even worse would be if they said there is nothing wrong with him and remove his
ESA completely. There is no way that he would be allowed Unemployment Benefit, as
just be having a brief chat with him shows you that no-one will ever Employ him -
which means that he'd not satisfy the 'Available For Work', criteria for that Benefit.
I'm on a lot of Medication, for Mental and Physical ailments, myself, and I'm in a
terribly nervous state, about what may happen at my brother's Reassessment Interview.
Can anyone please give me some advice about this matter? Thank You.