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Even if nothing has changed and you tick - has stayed the same I would be inclined to put a story somewhere on the form rather than trust dwp.

That's the only sentence where Trust and DWP can ever come close to each other!

As to the form: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/386829/response/935884/attach/3/PIP%20AR1%200316%20watermark.pdf
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Disability Talk / Re: Doubt this could happen in the UK
« Last post by JLR2 on August 19, 2018, 02:16:53 PM »
Hi Fiz, the way things appear to work in Germany sees folk making some kind of percentage contribution. Quite how much this contribution is I don't know there are however other issues with the physio company involved.

When my friend approached the physio company's office near where she lives they told her it was another branch, the central branch in the city, that deals with home or care home visits and that she would have to ask them about her concerns. Odd then that the billing that she has received is on the local office's headed paper rather than the office in the city's paper. In effect they are trying to give her the runaround, it is things like this that has me so frustrated as were I in Berlin now I would wipe the floor with these people.
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Cafe / Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
« Last post by Fiz on August 19, 2018, 10:25:28 AM »
I'm still gathering spoons following my London trip on Monday, I'd assumed that 6 days on I'd be ale to do more/something.

Therapy tomorrow but I'm really unsure about going. We all had a 1-2 session with the two psychotherapists last week instead of a group session about whether having had the 4 sessions of theory (I only went to the last 2 as I had no transport for the first two) we felt the therapy would be beneficial to us and whether or not to continue. At the 1-2 session on Tuesday I said I'd continue as I'd try anything to shift this ruddy depression that I'm completely stuck in. But ever since I've been mulling over one thing the senior clinician said to me. She said my main pain is the fact that basically I'm estranged from my children and grandchild, I am fortunate if we gather for a Christmas day on a date within a week from or before the actual Christmas day. On every single actual Christmas day I'm alone always. None of my children respond or reply when I try to make contact with them and basically I am not in their lives. The therapist said given that is my main pain, she worries how I will feel at the end of the compassion focused therapy when my pain is still there and just as strong and painful.

I really don't know whether to continue with it or not. The clinician implied that being in the same pain at the end of the therapy could do more harm than good.  >erm< 
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Disability Talk / Re: Doubt this could happen in the UK
« Last post by Fiz on August 19, 2018, 10:02:21 AM »
Will this bill be covered by the insurance company? If so I'd include a letter stating that she was with her father every day between X and y and therefore no physio could have been completed during those times and that she believes the bill to be inaccurate.

Did you friend order the physio or sign to say she would fund it? Otherwise I can't see how she would be liable to pay the bill and why it was sent to her.

I expect medical services are very different than in the UK so apologies if my questions are totally irrelevant or inappropriate.
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Disability Talk / Re: disappointment
« Last post by Fiz on August 19, 2018, 09:50:22 AM »
Bule, just a thought. It's possible that paper petitions may now be affected by GDPR. 

When people are signing are they also signing giving you permission to keep this data (and you'd need to state the purpose you're keeping their data) and also allow you to show this data with the general public? I would think this consent may now be needed. For example if there is a sheet of paper where people write their name and address (so its clear that they are real people) as well as signing their agreement on the issue you are concerned about, can the next person who comes along see other people's names and addresses above their line on the form? If so that would not be breaking the GDPR rules protecting people's data.

As monic has said, parking on pavements is already illegal. The way forward is to ask your council to either erect signs that say it is illegal to park on pavements and the maximum penalty charge for doing so wound be ** or take other measures to prevent this illegal problem occurring. If your town council won't help you, escalate it to both your local authority and to your MP.

My local councillor has regular complaints about problem parking in his area of town but he says try as he might, the town council won't agree to fund a traffic enforcement officer (traffic warden) so basically in my town cars can park where they like! And the do! So I hope you have more joy getting your town council to fund a traffic enforcement officer who can give every vehicle parked on the pavement as they're all breaking the law.

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Disability Talk / Re: disappointment
« Last post by JLR2 on August 19, 2018, 04:55:10 AM »
Just wondering, might it be the case that the trust property hasn't provided enough parking places at their property and are content to see folk visiting their property parking nearby on pavements?  It might be that they see your petition as possibly having an impact on their own failure to provide adequate parking for visitors to the trust's property.
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Disability Talk / Doubt this could happen in the UK
« Last post by JLR2 on August 19, 2018, 04:33:55 AM »
As I have mentioned my friend in Berlin recently lost her father, his dying on the 4th of August, over the past few days I have been speaking with her (pretty much all I can do as I'm unable to leave the country again for a while) about how she is managing.

One of the issues that has come up is in relation to services he received whilst in the care home for a few weeks. Under the German system and through the insurances my friend's father had in place he was able to receive a service called 'Ergotherapy'  a physiotherapy which although in the main would be covered by his insurances there was still a portion that he would have to contribute. Well the physiotherapy company has sent my friend their bill for the services her father received, a bill not far short of 700 euros. One of the problems with this bill, which also gives the dates when an ergotherapist visited her father in the care home, is that the company providing the service has claimed to have provided the service on the 3rd of August. On the 3rd of August the man was in hospital dying and under the German health system no therapies such as the one being provided by the physiotherapy company are allowed so that means the claim is wrong.

It is not just this one day of the physiotherapy company's claim that is out of order, they have also claimed for days when though my friend was with her father virtually all day and no ergotherapist appeared to have been at the care home they still put a claim to say they had been there. Going by what I myself saw of my friend's father condition I doubt anyone could engage with him to do any sort of physiotherapy related exercises. To give an inkling as to how bad things were it could take my friend up to 2 hours to spoon feed her father a small tub of yogurt. The majority of my friend's father's day was spent sleeping, he was confined to his bed for all the time he was in the care home as his health never improved to the point where he could be moved to his wheelchair again. The picture that sticks with me of the last time I saw my friend's father was of him sleeping open mouthed looking to the left of the bed he was in. He was completely oblivious to the world around him for much of the time he was there so the idea that any sort of physiotherapy was going to benefit him is something of a joke.

I don't know if there are private companies in the UK who provide such physiotherapy services in UK care homes and would wonder if they, like the one involved in what I have been talking about, make spurious claims for services they never actually provide? 

It may be possible through the paper trail, if I can put it that way, that my friend can show proof that the physiotherapy company is making claims for services they have never provided but surprisingly one of the problems in sorting out things is the lack of help from the insurance companies involved as even though they will pay the bulk of a claim and therefor stand to lose most money they apparently tend not to question the bills they pay out on as, from what my friend has explained, they find it too costly to question the bills. Just seems that between the companies providing services to care homes and the insurance companies they look on dementia sufferers as cash cows. The insurance companies due to the German system have more or less a captive market, folk have to pay their health insurance, and companies such as the one involved in my posting count on dementia sufferers being unable to explain to their families what's been happening from one day to the next. Many families of dementia sufferers in care homes are unable to visit their relative (father/mother)  as often as they would want to due to their own work commitments and looking after their children and it is this that many companies in the car home sector are exploiting. Unfortunately for the physiotherapy company and the care home involved in my friend's father's case my friend was able to visit her father and did so every day for many hours each day, even when I was over recently, so they cannot hide things so easily including explanations as to why various staff at the care home signed off ergotherapist visits to my friend's father when no therapist turned up.

Sorry my posting is so long but I feel a bit better this morning for having posted it now.
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Welfare Rights / Re: My call-up papers have arrived
« Last post by ally on August 18, 2018, 01:43:19 PM »
although I've had six spinal operations to date, including a spinal cord stimulator implant, and, a hip replacement where I fractured my hip due to a fall, I didn't claim for mobility.  Over the last few years my mobility  worsened to the extent where when out, I'm mostly in a wheelchair.  I had standard dla care for being deaf, and, I left it at that.  I didn't want the hassle for f to f and proving my disabilities  etc.  Due to the change over to pip, I finally decided to claim for what I should've claimed for years ago.  However, I've always had a blue badge.  I scanned all my gp, consultant, and hospital letters and give it to the council that was responsible for the blue badge in my area.  Due to being in a social services wheelchair, and, my limitations, Ive never had, nor needed  a physical assessment.  I was given a blue badge without a quibble. 
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Welfare Rights / Re: My call-up papers have arrived
« Last post by neurochick on August 18, 2018, 01:41:10 PM »
Fiz - that was the point I was making to Auntie - you have had your Blue Badge for the last 6+ years under the Discretionary Rules where a form and medical evidence could be sent to the Local Authority and they could agree to issue you one either with or without a physical assessment. 

She has lost her automatic right to receive hers (without going through the process that you did) as it is a passported benefit she was entitled to due to her DLA award.  Because she lost her DLA award, I was suggesting that she apply under the Discretionary Rules like you have done in the past. 

In Scotland our government also introduced Transitional Rules to protect people who had lifetime DLA HRM awards but who lost their automatic rights to a Badge on their transfer to PIP so I was also suggesting that she check to see if anything like that was available in England. 
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Disability Talk / Re: disappointment
« Last post by oldtone27 on August 18, 2018, 09:51:12 AM »
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Hello Monique 151

Iwas sat outside the local Co-cop + I had permission so no way was I on Disability Trust property

(I think this reply might be intended for me.)

In which case I see no reason why the Disability Trust should be involved nor why you should not continue with your petition.

Its your choice of course, but I would be asking them to explain themselves.
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