Feels like it should be at least half way through Thursday by now, if not next Tuesday. We finally got Greté’s ESA submission completed and sent off. It arrived on the 8th December, just in time for Christmas. So thoughtful of them. As usual, the mere existence of the form made a big dent in Greté’s confidence and overall management of her depression. Being asked to describe how bad your illness is so that someone else can judge whether it’s bad enough to deserve welfare isn’t exactly the most confidence building of actions. Doing so when you’ve had to appeal and subsequently win twice previously just makes it all the harder.
I’m still not convinced the financial cost of processing the ESA submissions and subsequent appeals outweighs the financial cost of just paying anyone who applies for it in the first place (never mind the health cost to those affected). There’s a flat percentage of people who’ll take the piss, and they don’t mind lying on the forms. Most honest people who aren’t trying to deceive anyone are honest on the forms anyway, and still get rejected until the appeal stage. I don’t see how anyone wins at this process.
Anyway, we’ve filled in the forms, honestly, and we’ve included the letter we sent in for the 2013 appeal, and we’ll see what that results in. We’ll keep trying to manage the impact on Greté’s health and hopefully get her back to a more stable position.