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Cafe / Re: How to help a distant friend in need?
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 04 Dec 2018 03:29PM »
I hope your friend stays in touch with you and lets you help him >heart<
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Welfare Rights / Re: PIP Travel Distance Petition.
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 04 Dec 2018 03:27PM »
I signed it.

I realise there are a lot of disabled people who live in locations that make getting to assessments difficult, but has anyone mentioned how many people this is affecting. If it is a low number of people then the DWP needs to let the people being assessed have home visits and if the number is high then why not set up a temporary assessment centre at a GPs surgery or similar location.
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Talk / DWP report tampering? I didn't know about this
« Last post by JLR2 on 04 Dec 2018 03:22PM »
Has anyone heard about the DWP tampering with PiP reports?  I was reading in the National (Scotland's only Independence supporting newspaper) a story regarding audits at the DWP which routinely change face to face assessments. One remark in the story reads, ''A DWP spokesperson said the assessments had to be consistent, adding ''Both providers are working to the same legislative framework and criteria, which introduces a more objective, consistent assessment. The department are closely monitoring and auditing assessments to ensure quality and consistency. The department does not routinely provide the audits of the reports as they can contain personal information about members of staff and claimants.''

Seems to me the DWP are carrying out this 'auditing' to achieve government set targets. One of the MP's own constituents received in error their original audited report in which it was shown that the DWP auditor had reduced all awarded points given by the assessor to 0 zero and had the auditing not been carried out the claimant would have been entitled to PiP at the standard rate of 57.30 per week.

I find myself wondering now if there is any point to a face to  face assessment if the DWP auditors are simply going to decide, almost on a whim, who gets the points awarded by assessors and who doesn't?
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Welfare Rights / Re: The 1% share of housing thing????
« Last post by Paranoid on 04 Dec 2018 02:43PM »
I had to Google for more information and found this https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45176684


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The Green Paper also pledges a scheme to offer tenants the right to buy 1% of their home each year.
A Green Paper is a report made by the government which at the moment means Teresa May's Conservative government. The Green Paper is meant to provoke discussion and it's contents legally binding.


I can see how owning 1% of a social housing dwelling could give you a sense of security when it comes to your circumstance. I don't know if improvements in physical or mental health cause people in social housing to lose their tenancy hopefully someone else has more information.


Thanks for answering. I wondered if I had misunderstood though I know I had to give them alot of evidence from medical professions that my condition would be lifelong and wasn't sure if that meant all my conditions or only the one that specifically caused me to need a wheelchair at the time of applying.

As it is I think I was originally misdiagnosed however am now actually developing arthritis which does run in my family and several family members have/or have had (if they've since passed away) it. So although my physical difficulties are not exactly the same as when I originally applied for the bungalow 14yrs ago (had to wait 2 yrs to get it and move in) I am now in my 50's and have other physical disabilities such as vein damage, swelling in leg, arthritis in same knee and in finger joints, related jaw pain when the flare up is really bad also causing neuralgia and severe tinnitus on that side of face, alot of stiffness and back pain (particuarly through winter, get some respite in summer from pain/stiffness but then leg with vein damage swells more then due to the heat so can't win!) plus the same mental health issues I had when I moved in.

I still need mobility aids and use them daily, I just would no longer consider myself what most people would describe as 'confined' to a wheelchair (I hate that phrase!) and unable to get in or out of one independently. I still wouldn't be able to get in out of a normal bath or use a bathroom or kitchen wasn't adapted as I still have to sit to do things such as cook. For anything more than a few steps round the house I need an electric wheelchair or mobility scooter to get there independently or a manual one (if someone else is taking me so can push!).

I just worry as people are so quick to judge these days and people seem to be getting more and more aggressive towards disabled people in public. I'm almost scared to admit I may have a good day or two incase people accuse me of 'faking it'.

I have been through the PIP recently, they have all my up to date medical info, did a face to face home assessment so have actually met me in person and recognise I get some fluctuation in symptoms and day to day ability, on ESA so been told I won't get changed to UC until next year not before July 2019.though heard it had been back again to Nov 2019?

It would be a worry if I lost some income on UC and had already bought 1% then couldn't afford to the same the following year if things didn't go to plan.  I'm not sure what would happen then either?
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Welfare Rights / PIP Travel Distance Petition.
« Last post by Dark_Divinity on 04 Dec 2018 02:24PM »
Stop making people travel unfair distances for disability assessments.

Please clamp down on Atos, Capita and Maximus and make sure they:

- Don't make anyone travel for more than 90 minutes to a PIP or ESA assessment
- Don't require an expensive letter from a GP to prove someone can't make the journey
- Make sure that everyone who needs an assessment at home is given one

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-asking-people-with-disablities-to-attend-assessments-that-are-far-from-home-2?bucket=email-blast-8_11_2018_pip_travel_50k_flt_8_11&source=facebook-share-button&time=1543918786&fbclid=IwAR1pIHmPU5mhhgF82KiP6qjF6oRcWR6S4_tJfoBWxRwP8SwfiYtd-_vzQBo
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Welfare Rights / Re: The 1% share of housing thing????
« Last post by Spindrift on 04 Dec 2018 02:05PM »
I had to Google for more information and found this https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45176684


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The Green Paper also pledges a scheme to offer tenants the right to buy 1% of their home each year.
A Green Paper is a report made by the government which at the moment means Teresa May's Conservative government. The Green Paper is meant to provoke discussion and it's contents legally binding.


I can see how owning 1% of a social housing dwelling could give you a sense of security when it comes to your circumstance. I don't know if improvements in physical or mental health cause people in social housing to lose their tenancy hopefully someone else has more information.
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Welfare Rights / The 1% share of housing thing????
« Last post by Paranoid on 04 Dec 2018 11:32AM »
I read somewhere about social housing tenants getting offered the potential to buy 1% of their property a year.

If mine is a 'social housing disabled bungalow' does that change its legal status?  Will it then just be a normal 'part-share' property (that you don't necessarily have to be in a wheelchair or disabled to live in - some are family homes, some are over 55's) like my neighbours properties and I'd be expected to pay for things for boiler servicing and repairs etc myself? 

Would it apply to my property?  as it was built for wheelchair users? I was under the understanding that you had to be a full time wheelchair user to get it, so was greatly surprised to see my neighbour in the 'wheelchair bungalow' next door walking round the garden without even a walking aid. I thought I'd have to leave if I ever recovered mobility so this has confused me as I've had 3 sets of neighbours in the 'disabled bungalow' next door, (over 12 years) all of whom I've seen walking about without any aids at some point, so wondering if I misunderstood the tenancy/name/purpose of property?  (I do have Mental Health issues too and tend to think very literally).

I wondered if anyone on here might know more about this 'part-share' thing legally? As I don't want to ask unless I know i could afford to buy 1% each year and whether this would give me any benefits I don't currently have or make things more complicated/leave me worse off? And when it might be happening?  who or what properties it would apply to?

Thanks

P


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Cafe / Re: How to help a distant friend in need?
« Last post by SteveX on 04 Dec 2018 10:50AM »
Thank you for that and yes I will remind him (again) of my past experiences.
and thanks for the book link!
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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 04 Dec 2018 10:02AM »
Noisy
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Cafe / Re: How to help a distant friend in need?
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 04 Dec 2018 09:32AM »
We don't seem to have the night owls posting like we used to but maybe more people will reply today.

Given that your friend is a 'recluse' it is important that you are a friend first and an advisor second. After you let him know about your appeals online help sites like Scope, Turn2Us and RightsNet you might have to be around as he does things a different way, whatever his way is until there comes around to asking you for help.
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