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Old 01-08-2018, 16:48   #1996
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Re: The state benefits system mega-thread. Many merged.

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By bus: able to navigate on public transport, offer correct change, not affected by crowds, able to understand and read timetables, able to accept changes caused by delays, able to step up to enter the bus and step down to leave it.

By car: able to drive independently and safely, navigate and comply with the rules of the road... or... able to enter and leave a vehicle as a passenger, not suffer from anxiety or other distress as a passenger.

There are other indicators they look for, but these are the main ones IMHO.
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Re: The state benefits system mega-thread. Many merged.

My daughter's ESA reassessment went well. The lady was very thorough, digging deep into all aspects, and was pleasant throughout.

But what she wrote could be entirely different as I have experienced.

Now it's just the wait for a brown envelope with the decision.

And next week her twin brother goes though it.....
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My daughter's ESA reassessment went well. The lady was very thorough, digging deep into all aspects, and was pleasant throughout.

But what she wrote could be entirely different as I have experienced.

Now it's just the wait for a brown envelope with the decision.

And next week her twin brother goes though it.....
Good luck with that.

Post Brexit, when the economy nosedives, just wonder if the country will be able to afford to help all those that need it. Doubt whether Farage/Boris care.
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Well good news. Got a call on Friday afternoon from the DWP and it was to say they have looked at my application again and are giving me the standard payment for daily living and mobility. Backdated to March.

If I accepted they would contact the tribunal to say it's closed. They clearly don't want it going that far.

I'm happy.
Great news Stephen.
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At long last got a home assessment down in a couple of weeks time. Just want to get it over and done with now.
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At long last got a home assessment down in a couple of weeks time. Just want to get it over and done with now.
Good luck peanut at my home assessment the lady witnessed me being sick and asked me if I wanted to continue and I just said yes as most days are like this for me, needless to say, I was awarded PIP standard rate for both and as you are far worse than me you should have no problem at all in getting your award but Good Luck anyway.
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At long last got a home assessment down in a couple of weeks time. Just want to get it over and done with now.
Good luck peanut..
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Re: The state benefits system mega-thread. Many merged.

My daughter is to remain in the ESA Support Group after reassessment.

But they have noticed that she has still not been "invited" to move from DLA to PIP.

The PIP form is on its way.
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My daughter is to remain in the ESA Support Group after reassessment.
That is good news Taf.

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But they have noticed that she has still not been "invited" to move from DLA to PIP.

The PIP form is on its way.
Sadly there are some still on DLA as its taking much longer then the DWP predictions were about the planned migration from DLA to PIP.
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I imagine that most people would be pleased about not being changed over and want to put it off for as long as possible!

Figures on BBC Business News this morning showed that 25% of the country is in poverty. Of those, 50% were disabled.

Pensioner poverty has decreased though. This is probably because pensioners were exempt from the benefit cuts, whereas the disabled weren't. They don't want to go upsetting all those Tory voting pensioners do they

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A neighbour got his "invite" to PIP last week after decades on Incapacity Benefit. His Specialists all say he should get it for physical and mental reasons, but now that I know the questions they ask (and the questions they don't ) I doubt he will qualify even after a Tribunal.
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I imagine that most people would be pleased about not being changed over and want to put it off for as long as possible!

Figures on BBC Business News this morning showed that 25% of the country is in poverty. Of those, 50% were disabled.

Pensioner poverty has decreased though. This is probably because pensioners were exempt from the benefit cuts, whereas the disabled weren't. They don't want to go upsetting all those Tory voting pensioners do they
If this is based on the Legatum report, the figures in the reports are a bit different - 50% of the families in poverty had a disabled person as part of the family.

http://socialmetricscommission.org.u...ULL_REPORT.pdf

Executive Summary, key findings, page 7
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Under the Commission’s new measure:

ƒ 14.2 million people in the UK population are in poverty: 8.4 million working-age adults;
4.5 million children; and 1.4 million pension age adults.

ƒ 12.1% of the total UK population (7. 7 million people) live in persistent poverty, (over half of those who appear in our new in poverty measure). This means that more than one in ten of the UK population are in persistent poverty.

ƒ More than six in ten working-age adults and children who live in families more than 10% below the poverty line, are also in persistent poverty. For those less than 10% below the poverty line, the figure is four in ten.

ƒ Of the 14.2 million people in poverty, nearly half, 6.9 million (48.3%) are living in families with a disabled person.

ƒ Far fewer pensioners are living in poverty than previous measures suggested. Poverty rates amongst pension-age adults have also nearly halved since 2001 (falling from 20.8% in 2001 to 11.4% in 2017).

ƒ The majority (68%) of people living in workless families are in poverty. This compares to just 9% for people living in families where all adults work full time.

ƒ Around 2.7 million people are less than 10% below the poverty line, meaning that
relatively small changes in their circumstances could mean that they move above it.

ƒ There are 2.5 million people in the UK who are less than 10% above the poverty line.
Relatively small changes in their circumstances could mean they fall below it.

ƒ There is a “resilience gap” between those in poverty and those not in poverty.
Across a wide range of factors that impact upon families’ lives, there are measurable and significant differences between these two groups.
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I only personally know of a scant few families with a disabled member that are not finding it financially very hard at the moment. Increased rents and Poll Tax hammered most of them. Then up went gas and electricity.
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Former watchdog chief labels disabled benefits process a 'hostile environment'

https://www.theguardian.com/society/...nvironment#_=_

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McDonald described the assessment process undergone by hundreds of thousands of chronically ill and disabled people each year as crude, unprofessional and Kafka-esque in its complexity.
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“I was shocked by the way this was being administered against the interests of some of the most disadvantaged people in the country,” he said. “PIP is beset by profound administrative failures which work to the disadvantage of disabled people.
Pretty damning but not surprising sadly given the many personal stories l have read in these past few years.
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Re: The state benefits system mega-thread. Many merged.

Huge backlogs are also dogging the system, the worst being how long claimants have to wait for tribunals. Often with no income at all, as payments stop the day the DWP decide the claim is not at the levels required.

On a good note, my daughter was kept in the ESA Support Group after reassessment recently. And her twin brother was moved from WRAG to Support also. And both award letters had a line at the end "We won't ask for you to go for another assessment unless there is a change in your health condition".

But then a letter "inviting" our daughter to claim PIP arrived.
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