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    • civil12345
    • By civil12345 8th Jun 17, 9:52 PM
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    Meeting with job coach
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    • 8th Jun 17, 9:52 PM
    Meeting with job coach 8th Jun 17 at 9:52 PM
    Hi, asking on behalf of my mum.

    She's been on sick for years due to complicated mental health issues. I think she had a work capability assessment about 3 years ago and hasn't heard from DWP/Job Centre since. She's on ESA.

    She's received a letter saying she has to go to a meeting with job coach next week, to look at what sort of things/training they can do to get her back into work.

    I'm looking for any information and thoughts on this. She's quite upset about it and feels she's going to be pushed onto JSA and/or back into work.

    Any thoughts or comments would be great thanks.
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    • HB58
    • By HB58 8th Jun 17, 9:57 PM
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    • 8th Jun 17, 9:57 PM
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    • 8th Jun 17, 9:57 PM
    Your mother cannot be 'pushed onto JSA' without having a reassessment. This would be initiated by DWP and carried out by a company called Maximus, the Job Centre and their advisers will have no input into this.

    It is possible that the adviser will push your mother to try and find a job. She should keep in mind that she cannot be required to work or seek work whilst in receipt of ESA.
    • civil12345
    • By civil12345 8th Jun 17, 10:02 PM
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    • 8th Jun 17, 10:02 PM
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    • 8th Jun 17, 10:02 PM
    Thanks HB58. She's really worried about the meeting next week and feels she needs to prove that she's still unable to work. Can the work coach recommend or put her forward for a reassessment? Is that part of what this meeting is about?
    • Diary
    • By Diary 9th Jun 17, 7:48 AM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 7:48 AM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 7:48 AM
    Hi, asking on behalf of my mum.

    She's been on sick for years due to complicated mental health issues. I think she had a work capability assessment about 3 years ago and hasn't heard from DWP/Job Centre since. She's on ESA.

    She's received a letter saying she has to go to a meeting with job coach next week, to look at what sort of things/training they can do to get her back into work.

    I'm looking for any information and thoughts on this. She's quite upset about it and feels she's going to be pushed onto JSA and/or back into work.

    Any thoughts or comments would be great thanks.
    Originally posted by civil12345
    If she's in the support group of ESA she does not have to attend the job centre and should be careful not to set a precedent if she does go.
    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 9th Jun 17, 8:51 AM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 8:51 AM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 8:51 AM
    Some info here:
    https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/employment-and-support-allowance/esa-glossary/1483-work-focused-interview
    • civil12345
    • By civil12345 9th Jun 17, 8:20 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 8:20 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 8:20 PM
    Thanks all. She thinks she's in WRAG but is going to check...
    • civil12345
    • By civil12345 10th Jun 17, 7:59 AM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 7:59 AM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 7:59 AM
    OK so confirmed she is in the WRAG group. Any further advice please?
    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 10th Jun 17, 10:27 AM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 10:27 AM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 10:27 AM
    She needs to attend.

    Has she looked at the link referenced in post 5?
    • civil12345
    • By civil12345 10th Jun 17, 5:39 PM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 5:39 PM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 5:39 PM
    Yes thanks and she's still freaking out about it
    • nannytone
    • By nannytone 10th Jun 17, 5:50 PM
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    if she's in the WRAG, it is mandatory.
    she can also be asked to attend courses and complete voluntary work/work experience.

    the only thing they can't ask her to do is take paid employment.

    she needs to look at the support group descriptors to see if she meets any of them
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