I've been on Income Support since early 2005 when the Labour government put me on it because I was on medication for a mental health issue, ie. anxiety, and I've been doing voluntary work almost all that time since. I've been aware, as everyone has, I think, about the Government's changes to the benefits system to make work work, so I knew this day would come. And now it has. I've only just gotten the preliminary letter, and they haven't even called me or sent the questionnaire yet (the phone number for me is wrong, so I'll have to call them tomorrow about that) and it's far too early days yet for the ATOS assessment, if there is one. The thing is, I wouldn't really class myself as disabled, except for the anxiety and paranoia issues I mentioned, and a hiatal hernia and stiff knees, but I'm fully mobile otherwise. I was able to do many of the laborious lifting in the voluntary workplace (PDSA charity shop) and only getting on my knees was hard. I can already say that I will be passed as fit to work, and in a way, I am actually glad, because I left PDSA in 2011, and apart from one afternoon a week at Mind Cymru (the mental health charity), I have been bored crapless the rest of the time. I only hope finding a job after eight years or so will be easy, and that anyone will even take me on, because unfortunately I am going to be on a much-reduced benefit of JSA (and possible Housing Benefit reduction as well) - has anyone been put through this, and how are you managing? Also, I've heard horror stories that the benefits for a person are usually suspended for up to a few months whilst the assessment is decided - how do people manage in those situations? In either case, it's about time I got down to paid work - it's just I suck at interviews and filling out the forms, but I'm sure I'm not the only one.