Universal Credit


I am new to this forum and have been diagnosed with Aspergers. I work part time and have avoided claiming benefits previously as the whole system terrifies me, but I am struggling with my finances and I finally have my first appointment next Wednesday as I can't avoid it any more.

Is there anybody who can tell me what will happen and what it might be like? I know I have to bring ID with me. I am worried that my anxiety will completely overwhelm me and their expectations of my ability to work will be too high. I currently work 20 hours a week and find it very overwhelming. I am not looking to work more hours than that, perhaps just slightly better pay in a job I can cope with but I have read that many of the people there don't really understand Asperger's so I'm scared they might tell me to find any full time job.

I am getting more and more anxious the closer it gets and considering cancelling my application. I know that would cause problems, but it honestly feels so much less stressful. Any information from anybody who has been through this process would be really appreciated.

Thank you.


Parents Reply
  • Thanks, I’ll have a look. I’m not sure what they’re doing ~ the work coach explained it to my support worker for me. Basically I said I don’t want to keep going into the job centre anymore, I don’t have to look for work but on universal credit (which is what I’m on now) you still have to go in every so often, which I don’t want to do anymore, it’s not helping me so they said they will put me into a group where I don’t have to look for work, I don’t have to get sick notes and I don’t have to go into the job centre and when I’m ready to work, I can just stop the benefit altogether as I’ll have my own money.

    I wish so much that I would in situation like that. I would be able to be alone and enjoy peace.

    I am so desperately tired to be forced to be around and meet people.