It would appear the DWP are up to their tricks again – threatening sick and disabled people with withdrawal of benefits unless they attend Work Focussed Interviews – Even those of us in the Support group!
Below is a Calling Notice from DPAC –
DPAC have been getting information that people in the ESA Support Group are being required by JobCentre Plus offices to attend Work Focussed Interviews, under threat of benefits being withdrawn if you don’t go.
According to the DWP Webpage, if you are in the Support Group you “You don’t have to go to interviews, but you can ask to talk to a personal adviser. “, which should mean that they cannot require you to attend.
We are going to look closely at this and do whatever we can to get this stopped, but in order to do that we first need to gather information about how widespread this is, which areas it is happening in and how long it has been going on.
DPAC are asking for people to come forward – if you are in the ESA Support Group and have been contacted by your Jobcentre to attend an interview, they would really like to hear from you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will get back to you.
DPAC will deal with all emails in Complete Confidence. If you or someone you know has been called for a Work Focussed Interviews Contact DPAC as soon as possible.
Don’t let the DWP Bully you