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Welfare Rights / Re: Working Tax Credits disability element criteria
« Last post by Fiz on Today at 03:32:52 AM »
Thanks.

A surprising thing happened yesterday the DWP phoned them and 'made and offer' of standard living which they would backdate to April 5th last year. My friend's husband who's the ill one just wants to accept the offer as he's really suffering with physical problems enhanced by all the stress of this and all the money they owe various people because they've had to borrow to live for a year now.

But my friend phoned her MP who suggested that they contact the DWP on Monday to ask whether they could receive the money from the offer but intend to continue to Tribunal as they know that her husband qualifies for enhanced for both living and mobility. Personally I'm wondering if they accept the standard living for now then that would be seen by the tribunal panel that they've agreed with that decision for standard care, whereas they're not agreeing that standard living is the correct award.

The MP's caseworker is accompanying them to the tribunal. He used to be a DWP decision maker and says that my friend's husband qualifies for enhanced in both living and mobility and that's the claim being made and he's set out the paperwork explaining the points he should be awarded for each element and describes the physical difficulties he has.

Before the change over from DLA he was receiving highest level care and lower mobility.

Basically years ago he was driving and was attacked while in his car by another driver in a road rage incident and was repeatedly hit over the head with a hammer leaving him brain injured. He is constantly dizzy and has vertigo all the time but every single day he blacks out and falls to the floor unconscious and because of this he cannot be left at all. Many days he's too debilitated by his condition to do anything. They have all the information on brain scans and all the neurological injuries and full info on the care he needs. My friend used to get carer's allowance for caring for him but of course everything stopped a year ago with the lack of any award for PIP by the DWP. 

My worry is if they accept the back dated money for standard living that then means they can't argue for enhanced living at tribunal as it might be seen that they've accepted the DWP's decision for standard on care. Funny that having waiting a whole year for this tribunal date that the DWP suddenly has 'an offer'!
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uhmm... am I the only buffoon who glanced at the thread title and just for a second or two, read it as:-

'Alleged hacker with Asparagus spared US extradition'
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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by SteveX on February 23, 2018, 08:15:39 PM »
flintstones



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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by huhn on February 23, 2018, 08:10:15 PM »
cave man
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Non-disability News and Current Affairs / Re: Cross your legs, chaps...
« Last post by huhn on February 23, 2018, 08:09:32 PM »
 >lol<
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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by oldtone27 on February 23, 2018, 08:04:57 PM »
Caves
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Non-disability News and Current Affairs / Re: Cross your legs, chaps...
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on February 23, 2018, 07:41:47 PM »
 >biggergrin<
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Non-disability News and Current Affairs / Re: Cross your legs, chaps...
« Last post by Monic1511 on February 23, 2018, 07:37:57 PM »
Now Sunny
no need to worry about dust - its just a different canvas for your artistic development.  >biggrin<

My mum always gave me a row for drawing pictures in the dust on the shelves.  >confused<
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Kizzy
I saw that other article but was a bit scared to click the link just in case it had graphics  >lol< >lol< >lol<

There are some funny stories there and on metro.

others are more  >doh<
Monic
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Welfare Rights / Re: Working Tax Credits disability element criteria
« Last post by Monic1511 on February 23, 2018, 07:28:52 PM »
Now they have their appeal date they can look at their submission and make sure that they cover all the points they want raised.

I do a written submission and only put it in front of the panel just before the appeal, the panel will want it 14 days before the date but if that's not practical you can go on the day and just read the submission to the panel if they wont accept a written copy.  We have to do this if there is a visually impaired member of the panel.

Once / If the panel makes an award DWP have 28 days to challenge it after that it should be another 2 weeks before they money goes to their account.  If DWP are going to challenge a decision they don't process the payments but if they accept the decision they just process the payment.

Good luck to them anyway
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