Just to gauge opinion, and maybe get the BLF interested too. Through the various Breathe Easy groups, and individuals too, would it be possible to create a list or register of organisations and/or individuals who can help with filling in forms?
A lot of places do not have a Welfare Rights Officer, or an Age UK office, or a DIAL office or anything much come to that. CAB's are being swamped with people needing advice and are cutting back themselves, so who is out there who can help people like users of this forum who are simply overwhelmed by these forms for DLA, PIP, ESA and so on.
Although the BLF Helpline will look at Benefits, they don't seem to have a page on the website that goes into detail about what you need to do to apply. I've read the page at blf.org.uk/Page/Financial-s... which lists the various allowances. What I'm looking at is a nationwide directory (big hope!) that people can refer to and get someone to give them one-to-one assistance.
It seems that there is another Postcode Lottery with things like this. Some areas have help, some don't. I often answer messages on here and point people towards the various organisations I can find for them, if I know the area they are in (not always given on profiles). It would be most helpful if the BLF Helpline had a list they can refer to where they know they can pass people on to, rather than having to look specifically every time.
A thought - would BLF 's Comms Team be able to co-ordinate this with the BE groups? It would give the BE groups a task that helps people in their local area too.