JSA A4E Work programme - need help

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Hello,

Just finished my 1st week on the Work Programme run by PeoplePlus (aka A4E), and I already hate it. You are made to feel like a scrounger even if you have struggled to get work due to medical conditions, as if I am not already depressed with years of serious neglect at home, being taken by the local council into foster care and seriously struggling with college (dropped out 3 times due to severe anxiety). The problem is I have given them evidence of my medical conditions, yet they have placed me on a temporary 1 week work placement doing something unsuitable (Again because of medical conditions) without even consulting me. Can I refuse to do this on the basis of my medical conditions? It's really stressful because of my situation I just can't afford to lose my JSA.
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  • paragon909
    paragon909 Posts: 1,498 Forumite
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    The only way you can get out of the work program is if you can get a sick note from your doctor, This will allow you to claim ESA for a while until you get better, But once you are referred to the work program its a 2 year referral, So even if you do go to ESA for a while as you go back to JSA or universal credit you would be sent back automatically.
  • ChrisA95
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    Thanks for the reply.

    I don't want to get out of the work programme exactly, I just don't want to do this particular work placement (for medical reasons). They (A4E advisor) asked me what kind of work I was looking for, I replied with Care/Support work or Admin. I can't see why they can't offer training for these specific roles, or at least offer voluntary vacancies to gain experience. It looks like I am going to have to find a voluntry placement to keep them off my back with jobs that are completely unrelated to what I am looking for - which I am more then happy to do.
  • paragon909
    paragon909 Posts: 1,498 Forumite
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    ChrisA95 wrote: »
    Thanks for the reply.

    I don't want to get out of the work programme exactly, I just don't want to do this particular work placement (for medical reasons). They (A4E advisor) asked me what kind of work I was looking for, I replied with Care/Support work or Admin. I can't see why they can't offer training for these specific roles, or at least offer voluntary vacancies to gain experience. It looks like I am going to have to find a voluntry placement to keep them off my back with jobs that are completely unrelated to what I am looking for - which I am more then happy to do.

    What placement have they put you on that effects your health?

    If it effects you badly, Then you would need a letter from a GP or specialist supporting your claim.

    Otherwise you have to follow their rules and requirements.
  • ChrisA95
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    Well A4E want to some kind of heavy lifting hotel clearance job. My health problems are:

    Hypertension is the main problem, at rest it is about 130-150 while just walking for 5 minutes is enough to cause my BP to significantly rise to 160 even as high as 180 and that's despite taking medication. As a result I get extremely hot, sweaty, red-faced, tired, shortness of breath and get both mild and severe headaches. I use to see a pediatrician who would alway tell me to be careful because I liked running around and playing, he would tell me to make sure I had regular 30-40 minute breaks. My Hypertension is due to kidney scarring and I have bladder problems meaning I have to have a toilet nearby, especially as I take water tablets(diuretic). I also have Aspergers and Hypothyroidism, one of them, or both seem to affect my memory and concentration. I also don't like working in a team that much (again, mainly due to anxiety), I am not ashamed to call myself a bit of a loner.
  • missbiggles1
    missbiggles1 Posts: 17,481 Forumite
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    ChrisA95 wrote: »
    Well A4E want to some kind of heavy lifting hotel clearance job. My health problems are:

    Hypertension is the main problem, at rest it is about 130-150 while just walking for 5 minutes is enough to cause my BP to significantly rise to 160 even as high as 180 and that's despite taking medication. As a result I get extremely hot, sweaty, red-faced, tired, shortness of breath and get both mild and severe headaches. I use to see a pediatrician who would alway tell me to be careful because I liked running around and playing, he would tell me to make sure I had regular 30-40 minute breaks. My Hypertension is due to kidney scarring and I have bladder problems meaning I have to have a toilet nearby, especially as I take water tablets(diuretic). I also have Aspergers and Hypothyroidism, one of them, or both seem to affect my memory and concentration. I also don't like working in a team that much (again, mainly due to anxiety), I am not ashamed to call myself a bit of a loner.

    I have to say that you sound totally unsuited (if not downright dangerous) to a care or support role.

    Do you have any experience or qualifications in admin?
  • ChrisA95
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    Do you have any experience or qualifications in admin?

    Not really, my best bet is to look for apprenticeships, or at least some voluntary admin roles to get some experience - I was looking at volunteering with the CAB.
  • tomtontom
    tomtontom Posts: 7,929 Forumite
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    Volunteering at CAB is great experience, but the problem is they need longer term commitment and you need paid employment. What experience/ skills do you have to date?
  • TigersEye
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    Sorry you are in this position, A4e are not a good organisation, speak to your doctor, as I can't see that this is doing you any good:(
    I am at a Crossroads in my life and deciding which path to take:coffee:
  • missbiggles1
    missbiggles1 Posts: 17,481 Forumite
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    TigersEye wrote: »
    Sorry you are in this position, A4e are not a good organisation, speak to your doctor, as I can't see that this is doing you any good:(

    Presumably, if the OP was eligible for ESA s/he would already be on it. Otherwise, I don't know what a doctor could do to help, particularly as the OP seems to have unrealistic career aims.
  • ChrisA95
    ChrisA95 Posts: 40 Forumite
    edited 12 December 2015 at 8:18PM
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    "particularly as the OP seems to have unrealistic career aims"

    Then please enlighten me as to what would be a realistic career aim.

    I haven't attempted a claim for ESA due to failing a PIP claim. This is mainly due to the DWP ignoring further evidence provided in favour of agreeing to the info in the assessment report made by an assesor from ATOS. I could try making a claim, but I have little confidence of success and I am worried it could affect my HB.
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