We have had signs recently that the DWP are getting up to their old tricks and trying to get people in the ESA Support Group to attend a “back to work” interview at their Jobcentre.
According to the DWP Webpage, if you are in the Support Group you “You don’t have to go to [back to work] interviews, but you can ask to talk to a personal adviser. “, which means that they cannot require you to attend, and they can’t stop your money if you don’t go.
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.
So we are asking for people to come forward if you are in the ESA Support Group and have been contacted by your Jobcentre to attend a back to work interview, we would really like to hear from you.
If you have had one of these letters please fill in the form below – we will always keep your name and email address confidential unless you give us your permission to disclose it
Important note: There is another sort of interview in which you are asked to take along bank statements and documents to prove your identity – you do have to attend this sort of interview. We advise that you take a friend or relative along with you.