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Can i change early time slot?

dompain9yearsdompain9years Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi all, I have just recirece my next review of my ESA , I am currently in the support group and have been for the past well coming up to 4 years 
I am deeply concerned that they are just wanting to take my benefits away from me
My condition is severe, I have 2 life ending diseases and if I'd a huge struggle to get ready in the mornings 
It takes me approximate 3 hours to get ready I .The morning but with this review they have placed me at 9.30am now I have contacted them and edplainex my situation but they have simply said that they will not change my time slot and if I do not attending even if I am late my benefits will stop
Can anyone on here help????

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  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @dompain9years

    Welcome it’s great to meet you this evening.

    We have got lots of info & advice on here for you.

    I am very happy 😃 in helping you with these.

    There is also a number of “Benefit Advisors” on our “Community” 

    Please please let me know how you feel???

    @steve51
  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @dompain9years, and a warm welcome to the community!

    Thanks for sharing this with us, and I'm so sorry to hear about your situation. I'm unsure of the answer to this myself, but hopefully some of our members will be able to advise.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    You can change the appointment date/time once, if you haven't already changed it then there's no reason why they should refuse to change the time for you.

    If you've already changed it then unfortunately you'll have to attend this appointment. You're right if you don't attend then you'll be found fit for work for failing to attend and your money will stop.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • dompain9yearsdompain9years Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi Steve appologies about the delay
    Been having a really bad week tbh pain is well just **** and my body has decided it's not going .to behave this week unfortunately
    What help can you provide on here?
    Cheers 
    steve51 said:
    Hi @dompain9years

    Welcome it’s great to meet you this evening.

    We have got lots of info & advice on here for you.

    I am very happy 😃 in helping you with these.

    There is also a number of “Benefit Advisors” on our “Community” 

    Please please let me know how you feel???

    @steve51

  • dompain9yearsdompain9years Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi,

    You can change the appointment date/time once, if you haven't already changed it then there's no reason why they should refuse to change the time for you.

    If you've already changed it then unfortunately you'll have to attend this appointment. You're right if you don't attend then you'll be found fit for work for failing to attend and your money will stop.
    Hi hmm well I tried asking for a change in the time for the appointment and they outright refused saying if you don't attend then your benefits will stop
    Tried to explain that my carer won't be present during that period in the morning as he has in interview to attend between 8-10 which means there's no one to help me get ready, so I said would you mind switching the time till past 11 maybe 12 as with a carer it takes me about an hour to get ready but takes me at least 3 without 
    So I'm sort of screwed tbh 
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