I have "CA", I have recently applied to the social fund for a community care grant because i want to buy an adjustable bed as i have trouble getting in/out of bed and also lying in a flat position.
Today i got letter of refusal stating that its because i don't receive a qualifying benefit, because i have worked in the past and paid my dues (tax &NI) they pay me "Contributions based ESA" and they say you need to be getting "Income based" benefits.
I had a medical assessment with ATOS several months ago and they agreed with my consultant that i am not fit to work anymore, I was placed into a so called "Support group" by DWP which means i get an extra £30+ pwk Esa but it also means that i can now stay on "contributions based" Esa indefinately and i'm not bound by the usual 12 months limit which is the norm.
This means i cannot apply to the social fund for help (isn't that why they are there?), Has anybody else been refused like this? It seems they are penalising me for ever daring to work and then i dare become disabled!
Seems like DISCRIMINATION to me