Possibly having to come off ESA with two children as a single mother

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i am about to have a reassessment for  ESA after being put in the support group for 6months. My sons are my carers. I am also on PIPS standard living for another year and a half. My worry is if I fail, this assessment .How can I work during the school holidays with two young sons. I am a single mother and have not been able to do any physical work for 9months now. After having had shoulder surgery and I also have Fibromyalgia. If I am put into the WRAG group is it correct that as I have a child under 13 I will not have to attend mandatory interviews etc? During the school holidays?

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  • Posted

    If your children had been a lot younger you could have claimed Income Support.

    You now have two choices if you fail the assessment:

    Either claim JSA whilst waiting to put the ESA appeal in to the MOJ telling the Jobcentre of your limitations or,

    live off savings, loans or friends instead of claiming JSA.


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    I think it's terrible all this shouldn't happen at all it's as if they don't believe half of what you say to them, 

    • Posted

      ....they don't and do you really expect them to?????

      Lieing to some people is as natural as breathing. Unfortunately everyone is tarnished because of a few.

      My personal motto is (although my wife thinks that I am an old misery guts) - 'don't believe and don't trust anyone apart from very close family'. 

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    The child’s age limit is 5 years of age after that single parents are expected to seek employment, so in theory you do have another option of another child....

    If that’s not your forte then I would concentrate fully on the ESA assessment and being placed in the Support Group.

    Fibromyalgia is a pretty debilitating condition which can make employment too much of a challenge and is a condition without any reasonable prospect of recovery I would make sure you concentrate on that aspect and ensure you fit a least one of the descriptors.

    Fibromyalgia is one of those conditions which should fit nicely into to the SG but requires a little more to get over the threshold for PIP, such as its severity or in conjunction with another debilitating condition.


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