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'work capability assessment process'
Until recently I was on ESA (due to pain from extreme scoliosis). I came off it for a brief period and went back into the work place, but the pain proved too much. I got told I now had to go on Universal Credit and, at the same time, was given a 6-week sicknote by my GP. When on ESA, all I had to do was upload my sicknote on the Internet. But the jobcentre tell me I have to bring it in because I also have to "go through the work capability assessment process". As I understand it, this is not a medical assessment by a medical person, as you would have with ESA, so what is it? It seems counter productive for me to make a 15-mile roundtrip on a bus with my pain. Moreover, there is apparently something called "New style ESA". If instead of Universal Credit I was on that, is it similar to the 'old' ESA, in that I wouldn't have to attend the jobcentre whilst I had a sicknote? If so, how do I get myself on it?