Former teacher, Marlene, has MS, and retired five years ago on health grounds. Her GP says she is not well enough to work, and she had received Incapacity Benefit for five years. When she was called to apply for Employment and Support Allowance instead, she was assessed as being fit for work. She says, “I found the assessment very stressful. I have a copy of the assessor’s report, which places huge emphasis on how well I looked and how well turned out I was.” She has now been moved onto Jobseeker’s Allowance, losing around £28 per week in benefits, and now required to search for work. She is appealing the decision. Marlene says, “My fear is that this whole experience will trigger a relapse. The emotional stress has been enormous and has had a detrimental impact on my health.”