I had a work capability assessment for ESA yesterday; it was absolutely awful.
The assessor was either staggeringly incompetent or dishonest. I suspect both.
I began to meltdown and told her that her assessment was incomplete, unprofessional and that she was dishonest.
I found the whole experience very distressing and the distress is still ongoing over 24hrs after the event. It reminded me of being bullied in the workplace when a previous employer refused to put reasonable adjustments in place. I felt like I wasn't believed and the awful doctor was trying to 'trip me up'.
What I find most frustrating is that I'm expecting to have to face an appeal simply because the assessor is not fit to practice.
Does the Equality Act and Autism Act not apply to DWP assessments? How can they be allowed to discriminate, refuse adjustments (we had requested a home assessment). I wish I had recorded the assessment; I'm very lucky that a support worker came with me - she was wonderful.
I wonder if it is worth submitting a statement answering the questions the assessor missed? I feel like I want to do something but I don't know what?
It may be worth having a look at https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/ . My partner subscribed to this site (£20) and found it extremely helpful and comprehensive for her claim (non-autistic disabled). They have guides on the appeals process, and their guide for filling in the ESA50 was very comprehensive.
In our area we have access to autism social workers who help out with dealing with ESA claims and the like, though such help seems to depend on the area where you live.