I had to have the first 2 weeks of April off work as I had a chest infection. As my boss doesn't pay me for being sick, I asked the benefits office if I was entitled to any financial help from them. Yes, no problem. Just fill in this form. They paid me for the 2 weeks minus the first 3 days (even they couldn't tell me why I couldn't be paid for the first 3 days) and then I went back to work. I told them in 2 places on the form that I would be back at work by the 3rd week in April.
A couple of weeks after being back at work, I received another form asking me if I could dress myself and prepare my own meals etc. No covering letter to say what it was for. I thought it couldn't be because I'd had those 2 weeks off surely. I did have 2 weeks off last year because of the RA so I thought it could be a request for an update. So I just filled in everything to do with my chest infection and my RA.
A few days ago, I got a letter saying I have to go for a medical examination now to determine if I was actually ill back in April. They already have 2 medical certificates (one a self-certificate and 1 from my GP). Do they not believe my GP? How do I now prove that I had a chest infection back at the beginning of April?
I deliberately didn't ask for full housing benefit (I do get a little help already) because I know how difficult it is filling in the forms. The benefits office must have told them without my knowledge because I got a letter from them saying I was now on permanent full housing benefit. As it only came a few days ago, it means they have overpaid for 2 months (they pay it straight to the housing association) so now they have to recover that money and I have to fill in the form all over again and send in my wageslips again.
Do they do this to deter people from asking for help?
To top it all, my boss, who gives me a handful of wage slips every couple of months, deducted 2 days holiday (Good Friday and Easter Monday) while I was off sick. He's away just now so I've asked his wife to tell him he can't do that. I mean, he only used to run a business with over 100 employees producing payroll software and now has a new business with maybe a dozen employees. How is he supposed to know the rules and regulations about pay and holidays?
Sorry for writing a book on the subject.