Colin is a single parent with a son aged 16 living in Social Housing and receives Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support, Child benefit and Child Tax Credits.
He suffers from a shoulder injury for which he is awaiting surgery and takes pain killers which cause drowsiness. He cannot use his left arm due to a dislocation with the slightest movement causing pain. David also suffers from a long standing knee injury which cannot be operated on.
Colin was claiming ESA and had a Work capability Assessment carried out on 10/02/2014 where he was found fit for work with 0 points. At his previous work capability assessment he had scored 21 points Colin sought advice from Bolton CAB and was recommended to request a Mandatory Reconsideration which are supposed to take no more than 14 days. This was submitted in March and was still outstanding 3 months later.
Because of the need for money to live on Colin has registered for JSA in the meantime. Whilst claiming JSA David has attended job interviews as required to do so and appears to have been declined due to his unsuitability as a result of his health. When the outcomes of his interviews were subsequently discussed with his work adviser he was told to go and get a doctors certificate and claim ESA due to his condition.