Sarah’s story

Fit for Work contributor

I have been in receipt of ESA since May 2014. I am a single parent with no financial support from my daughter’s father. I had to give up work in May 2011 when my daughter was diagnosed with cancer. I have cared for her for 3 years, thankfully she is well now & is no…

Elizabeth’s story

Fit for Work contributor

I am an epileptic sufferer but have tried to work since the age of 17 but recently my epilepsy has got a lot worse and I have been signed of work by my GP. Unfortunately I did not qualify for SSP from my employers so applied for ESA on the 10th of October 2014 and…

Josh’s story

Fit for Work contributor

After six years of suffering with a varied onslaught of mental health problems (namely a form of depression possibly linked to bipolar, anxiety, and body dysmorphic disorder) I have found myself applying for ESA. I had been on JSA for a long time prior to this, and changed to an ESA claim in the hope…

Daniela’s story

Fit for Work contributor

Hi, This is my story… It is difficult to start, well I had bad experience with the people who work for the department of ESA, while waiting for more than 6 weeks for a decision to be made in my circumstances. They stopped the house benefit, my ESA benefit was stopped because they thought that…

Shannon’s story

Fit for Work contributor

I injured my right shoulder at work, my main job is lifting people and equipment. I’m now 14% disabled in my right shoulder and unable to continue in my present job position. Because I’m still employed, ‘not getting paid’ and I am able to move my left arm normally, I can not claim unemployment or disability….

John’s story

Fit for Work contributor

I was first awarded ESA Support group (from IB) by scrutiny in 2011. I had a face-to-face and again was awarded ESA Support Group. I then had another scrutiny and was awarded ESA Support Group and now following another face-to-face I have been found fit for work scoring 0 points. I have asked for a mandatory…

Jackie’s story

Fit for Work contributor

I got involved in helping a friend sort out his ESA claim back in May 2012, when the system first changed from Incapacity benefit. By mischance, he was actually moving house when the first ESA questionnaire was posted to him. His background: S. is a 25 year old man, who has had serious health problems…

Chan’s story

Fit for Work contributor

At the end of June 2014 i was advised by the job centre to sign off of JSA and apply for ESA as i suffer from depression. I agreed that i would do that as the pressure of looking for work doesn’t help with my depression and anxiety. I might add that I also mentioned…

Linda’s story

Fit for Work contributor

I went for the ESA work capability assessment and I have been told I cannot be migrated from incapacity benefit to ESA. I have not been assessed on my illness at all I have Cervical Dystonia a Chronic Neurological movement disorder with no cure. I have to have Botulinium Injections every 3 months for the…

A story from Emma, CAB adviser

Fit for Work contributor

Our client has worked all his life and is in his mid-fifties. He was diagnosed with severe kidney disease and limited kidney function at the beginning of 2013. He was assessed by ATOS in early 2014 for the highest rates of both components of PIP. He made a claim for ESA last June and was…