Jobcentre request — Scope | Disability forum
If we become concerned about you or anyone else while using one of our services, we will act in line with our safeguarding policy and procedures. This may involve sharing this information with relevant authorities to ensure we comply with our policies and legal obligations.

Find out how to let us know if you're concerned about another member's safety.
Please read our updated community house rules and community guidelines.

Jobcentre request

Options
do1987
do1987 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
edited January 4 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hi,

I'll keep it as short as possible. I am a person with a stutter that is worse in social situations, especially with people I don't know. These kind of situations give me anxiety which makes my speech worse.

The Jobcentre are trying to put me on some work programme which will involve group work - is there any legislation which protects me from having to go on such a programme? This kind of thing is my worst nightmare due to my stutter.

Thanks in advance.

Comments

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,298 Disability Gamechanger
    Options
     Have you reported your health condition and been through the work capability assessment?
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • do1987
    do1987 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
    Options
    Hi @poppy123456

    Yes I have done all that. UC found me fit for work with no eligibility for LCW or LCRWA, but I have appealed to the tribunal and awaiting the outcome. It's coming up 3 montĥs since I lodged my apppeal. 

    UC awarded me 0 points for speech! (Even though I was awarded 8 points for PIP). And 0 points for mixing with others (awarded 2 points on PIP)
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,298 Disability Gamechanger
    Options
    As you were found fit for work the only issue here is that if you refuse to attend then you could be sanctioned. Unfair i know... :(
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • do1987
    do1987 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
    Options
    Yes definitely unfair @poppy123456

    UC pressured me into work around 4 months ago then in my appeal to the tribunal they have used it against me that I was working as part of their evidence! Though I had to leave as it was a toxic workplace and was damaging my mental health. (Never got sanctioned)

    I just thought there might be legislation that prevents bodies like the DWP putting you in unfavourable situations with regard to your disability. As group work would cause me mental distresss and make my stutter worse.
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 4,252 Scope online community team
    Options
    Hey there @do1987 and welcome to the community!

    I can see you're getting some top support already, but I just wanted to stop by and say hello. :)

    I hope your appeal is seen soon and successful. 
    Albus (he/him)

    Online Community Coordinator @ Scope

    Concerned about another member's safety or wellbeing? Flag your concerns with us.
    Want to give us feedback? Complete our feedback form now.
    Opinions expressed are solely my own.
    Neurodivergent.

Brightness

Complete our feedback form and tell us how we can make the community better.

Do you need advice on your energy costs?


Scope’s Disability Energy Support service is open to any disabled household in England or Wales in which one or more disabled people live. You can get free advice from an expert adviser on managing energy debt, switching tariffs, contacting your supplier and more. Find out more information by visiting our
Disability Energy Support webpage.