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Welfare Rights / Re: First time esa form
« Last post by pjd on November 21, 2017, 12:45:20 PM »
Hi, I sent my form in 5 days late on saturday after asking for extra time but yesterday I received a letter sending me for a medical in 10 days time.  They won't have even read my form yet so why have they sent me for a medical. - is this normal?
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Cafe / Re: Is anyone there?
« Last post by Frances on November 20, 2017, 04:35:26 PM »
They make an apt but only for 30mlns  so then they don't get back when we phone or someone comes but says I haven't time I need a double. We had to phone at least 10 times. But this time Ryan actually got through to the supervisor, So today a nice lady came and actually rang them and got extra time here. Ryans case is very complicated.  Lets hope it all goes OK. >x-fingers< What happens with me I don't know as I am an OAP and on Disability stuff as well. I have no idea whats happened, I have a bit of memory that says it was done but I can"t find any paper work as all sorts of people were in and out while I was in hospital from early Feb to early July I still seem to be getting DLA payments into my account.  >confused<
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Cafe / Re: Is anyone there?
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on November 20, 2017, 03:21:35 PM »
I don't understand.  Is that travelling to see them for help with the PIP application?  Is ti the advice people that are cancelling advice appointments or the PIP assessors cancelling assessments?

I don't mean you've phrased it badly, I mean my brain's in go-slow today.
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Cafe / Re: Is anyone there?
« Last post by Frances on November 20, 2017, 02:49:07 PM »
One day is like another Xmas or not. (Pain ! Frustration ! No help from anyone really). I am supposed to have 12 hours care a week . Lucky if I get 5. But still get charged 49.Plus per week regardless.
 Now they are going to stop Ryans 5 hours a week, even though he has to pay 52. every week. His income is just the disability stuff.ESA seems OK at this time.  But they are reassesing him for PIP at the moment. 5 cancelled appointments cos they said he was to complicated and needed double Apt. Which has taken 6 months to arranged.  I am getting to the end of my Tether. They arranged some one to talk to as we are both falling to bits. But its run by a Charity and they have lost funding, So they no longer can come to us, We have to travel an hour each way to them.
So as a Taxi is far to much of a drain on our Money or our strengh there is no way we can do it.
 >crying< :-( >thumbsdown<
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Cafe / Re: Is anyone there?
« Last post by lankou on November 20, 2017, 09:33:23 AM »
Just letting you all know I'm still here  ;-)  Dare I ask...anyone started to prepare for Christmas yet?

In my case no you daren't ask.

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Cafe / Re: Is anyone there?
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on November 20, 2017, 09:16:06 AM »
Just letting you all know I'm still here  ;-)  Dare I ask...anyone started to prepare for Christmas yet?
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Cafe / Re: The grim reaper
« Last post by Monic1511 on November 17, 2017, 08:03:37 PM »
sorry it was only when I read your answer I could see Theresa May's face.
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News and Current Affairs / Re: 75000 ESA Claimants underpaid by 500 million.
« Last post by Monic1511 on November 17, 2017, 08:02:35 PM »
This is likely to be the disability premium of 15.75/week which in some cases would have entitled the claimant to income related ESA on top of a probable award of contribution based ESA.

This then has a knock on effect for other means tested benefits like housing and council tax benefits.  I often come across claimants who are not being paid severe disability premium of 62.45.

The daft thing is DWP staff who would tell claimants they were due additional premiums would get pulled up for deviating from the script.
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News and Current Affairs / 75000 ESA Claimants underpaid by 500 million.
« Last post by lankou on November 17, 2017, 07:58:09 PM »
Yet another major DWP cockup:-

More at link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42012116

Mistakes in benefits claims could cost up to 500m

By Michael Buchanan
Social affairs correspondent, BBC News 1 hour ago

Mistakes in paying out benefits claims could cost up to 500m to put right, the BBC has learned.

The errors identified by the Department for Work and Pensions affect the main sickness benefit, the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

The BBC understands that assessors wrongly calculated the income of around 75,000 claimants.

Ministers say that they are aware of the problem and that repayments have begun to be made.

The department, which says it discovered the mistakes last December, is understood to have contacted about 1,000 people so far.

It says it is still trying to understand the scale of the problems with ESA, which is paid to about 2.5 million people, and will contact anyone affected.


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Cafe / Re: The grim reaper
« Last post by lankou on November 17, 2017, 07:54:18 PM »
Why did you post this Lankou?

Because it is apt and funny. Theresa May as the grim reaper.
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