Migrating to UC problems
Am on CTC and ESA (cont) in support group. Was medically accessed for the latter as I have stage four cancer, on indefinite chemo.
I work a tiny bit of self employment under permitted work: probably on average 2 hours per week. I like it as it’s my hobby and keeps me busy, but it doesn’t really make any money. Can’t work more hours due to health.
Being migrated to UC. No change of circumstances. I ticked the boxes saying self employed and permitted work.
In the journal I wrote to them saying communication can’t be by phone as I struggle too much as a result of chemo side effects. Happy to communicate via email, journal or post. They confirmed receipt.
Earlier today I was in bed feeling shocking. Got a phone call from the job centre saying he wanted to discuss my self employment. I explained that I had requested no phone calls as I was not well enough, and that today I was ill, recovering from chemo and asked he communicate via email or message as requested. He pressed me to continue with the call. I again said that I was not well enough due to having had chemotherapy for cancer treatment. He again said it was in my benefit to continue the call. My head was spinning and I said to him politely that I was not well enough to do so and asked him to communicate another way, and said goodbye.
I’ve now received three messages in the journal saying that as I “declined the call”, he has established that I am “not in gainful employment” and that I will therefore be expected to seek work, keep a full journal of how I am doing so, and all receipts and income to be reported each month.
I am simply not well enough to do this. I am not well enough to work more than a few hours per week and nobody is going to employ anyone who has to have every 2 out of three 3 weeks off for chemo recovery + other random days! This is the whole reason why I do permitted work.
I would appreciate any advice as currently I feel like giving up with the claim.
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