I have my Work Capability Assessment (WCA) on Sunday.
Yes, you read that right: A Sunday. And, yes, 2 days before Christmas. I presume Atos are working weekends in order to claim overtime expenses from the DWP.
I've read news reports about people getting all precious and going to the press saying "why would they want to assess me? Look at me... I'm clearly not fit for work." Erm... that's the point of the assessment: To look at you.
But there was something in the envelope that made my jaw drop in disbelief: A suggested journey plan.
"What's wrong with that? Surely that's Atos being helpful in giving you directions to their centre..."
They told me to take a route that's not wheelchair accessible.
First of all they tell me to walk 16 minutes to Kings Cross tube station. I'm not going to get pedantic about that; I talk of going for "a walk" despite being a wheelchair user. They tell me to take the Circle Line to Edgware Road and then walk another 9 minutes to the testing centre.
Edgware Road has no wheelchair access. In fact the closest wheelchair accessible tube station is Kings Cross.
You have to remember this isn't just a random travel leaflet shoved in with the letter; this is a tailor made journey plan for someone coming from my address to the testing centre at that specific date and time.
Atos haven't seen me in 4.5 years. It's possible that some of my health problems may have changed. But one thing that has not, and will never get any better is my lifelong mobility impairment.
Atos and the DWP know I'm a wheelchair user because of an incurable impairment. My impairment's incurableness is the reason I have an indefinite DLA award.
Further proof that Atos believe in miracles.