Not sure what to say. i havent worked since dec 2014 due to arthritis- its in every joint it feels, most days i cant even open doors. i also have mental health issues, severe anxiety about going out. i live alone and cope. i cant cook, my hands are usually too bad to lift a saucapan from cupboard or even turn swtch on stove.
ive been living on savings but they ran out and im desperate. i applied fro jobseekers as its the only benefit ive ever heard of but they refused as i cant hold a pen to sign and i couldnt sit long enough to do the interview.they advised look at ESA which i applied for and got, and they said look at 'housing benefit' which i got because of ESA so im not homeless yet.
Now I have to go for an assesment and im terrified. i have to take 4 busses each way which means i wont eat this week or next. and im so scared of the bus cos i cant hold on so if it moves when im not sitting ill fall. i feel so dumb.
if they refuse i lose housing benefits i think. so i lose my home. im asking for any advice. i googled arthritis uk and found this forum. mine is rheumatoid, and im 33.
now i see so many posts about pip can anyone tell me what that is? no one mentioned that before. i dont want to be on benefits, but i feel i have to. i just want enough to cover rent and maybe if im lucky food. i live on 20p packets of crackers and richtea cos i can open them on a good day and eat all week. and i know where they are in the shop so i can go strait there and back.