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Lady with physical and mental health problems loses ESA claim

Our agents contacted us about a lady in her 50s, with various physical health conditions, including alopecia, depression, anxiety, diabetes and arthritis, and self harms as well.  She had lost her ESA claim.  She'd been instructed by the DWP  to attend an assessment, but her agoraphobia had prevented her being able to leave her home and attend the assessment.  The DWP registered her as a "no show" and immediately stopped her award without referring back to her.  Our agents are helping her with this, but being agoraphobic means she is unable to sign on for Job Seekers either, and her nerves have meant she has picked her skin raw, which has become infected, so they are trying to appeal the ESA decision on her behalf.

They wanted to know if we could help her, but spread any help we offered over a period of time, to allow her enough to buy food and put some money on her energy meters.  We have agreed £150 of help, sent across at £30 a week for five weeks only.  This is not something we normally do, but this was a case where the agency have specifically asked for this type of support.

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