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Welfare benefits questions.....

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you’re all well.

Just a reminder that welfare advice is available on our helpline, along with any other questions you have concerning living with a lung condition.

If you're in UK and recently diagnosed, struggling to juggle work and illness, already on a benefit and worried about losing it or facing the daunting process of phasing from DLA onto PIP, I can certainly listen, and offer advice on where to go and what to do.

If you have a questions, please private message me with your phone number and I’ll get back to you.

I work -

Monday 9-3.45

Tuesday 9-3

Wednesday 9-5

Thursday 9-3

Friday 9-3

I look forward to hearing from you, Biddy, Specialist Adviser, 03000 030 555

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Thank you Biddy. Xxx

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Good to know Biddy. Thank you. xx

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I remember you went to a lot of trouble for me regarding work uni and benefits your help was very appreciated...thank you xx

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Good to hear Angie, you know where I am if you need anything else.

Biddy

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Thank you Biddy, I may take you up on that. x

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Yes, please do!

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I may also take you up on that as I am now unable to work .thank u.

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Hi Lyn, yes, give me a call when you're ready. Or PM me your phone number and I'll call you back.

Biddy

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That's lovely and very helpful but most of our problems seem to come from the so called professionals who have the power to make decisions about our welfare but are ignorant of the facts which apply to our particular situations and needs. In consequence they make us jump through unnecessay hoops, subject us to distressing anxiety and invade our privacy.

Do you have anything to deal with that.

We would all be very grateful

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I take your point, the whole process from application to award, can be fraught with difficulties and communication break down. There are agencies that offer specialist advice, assistance and advocacy to help you through this, admittedly they are few, and vary from area to area. I'd be happy to chat if you want to give me a call on 03000 030 555

Biddy

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Thank you Biddy. I am waiting to see if I get the Badge now and then I am going to compile a dossier against them. It is a very lonely and frightening process with nobody to support a person against the arbitrary power which these people have. Warwick have created a complex system whereby there is no set procedure for obtaining and most particularly, renewing the BB. It is all smoke and mirrors and they demand multiple and repeated proofs of eligibility. The vicissitudes of this make it very difficult to verbalise what they are doing and how badly they are treating disabled people.

I shall give you a call when I have sorted it all out in my mind.

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OK.

This may help, if you find you have to appeal a decision on the BB.

It's the DfT guidance notes for the blue badge scheme. The sentence referring to lung conditions is on page 22. It may be useful to quote this if you find you’re not successful with your application.

gov.uk/government/uploads/s...

Best of luck. Biddy.

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mel163

what's happened 2u if u don't mind me asking?

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We have a jobs worth in charge of Blue Badges at Warwick. In 2014 she decided to send me to be assessed even though I had had a badge since 1998.The assessor was so cross that she told me to apply for a PIP because if you get enhanced mobility award it is an automatic Blue Badge. I passed that with enhanced mobility. When I came to renew the Badge this year she refused to process it unless I sent the breakdown of all of the points as she did not believe that enhanced mobility gives you 8 points. I have 12 points. I was forced to send in a document which gives a lot of information about me which she is not entitled to read. She is breaking the data protection act by demanding it. If she had any common sense, 19 years of needing a Blue Badge should be enough to allow a renewal without all of that nonsense. She now says that she will process the badge in early November just before it expires. Once I have it in my hand I am going for her!

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u go for it my friend they r breaking data protection big time. Can u record on ur phone if u can then record conversations with this person then go c a solicitor. she has took a liberty with u, proper abuse of position.

I feel 4u!!

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still waiting on the walker they found a couple of i' s I didn't dot. have 2wait till next week 2c my OT(she'll b getting sacked just now) no wonder n.h.s lose no waste so much money

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hello m8 jus logged back in ive been sick.ive had pneumonia 4basically 3.5.months and i been sick wid my sats 4times been admitted lowest sat reading 21 the other 3times just slightly higher. sp thats were ive been.

thanks 4asking

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just noticed it's been a while we're u successful?

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not really but im tired rite now so i txt u 2moro.

goodnight my friend

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I may be touch too, would you recommend taking someone with you to pip interview?

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Hi, you can take someone with you if you wish. I think this is a good idea as you'll have two sets of ears and eyes to take in everything that's been said and done. They can also make notes during the assessment if you want them to. This may help when you get the assessment report back at a later stage.

Here's some information on the assessment. citizensadvice.org.uk/benef...

Give me a call if you want to chat about anything.

Biddy 03000 030 555

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I'm always having medicals won't leave ma alone even seen me said contact in 3yrs had enough I will not apply for anything I'm better if I lived on streets pressure makes me worse cut wrist last Xmas but never mind but do they think we're all spongers I know loads but never say anything. How do they get away with it. Sorry to go on take care xx

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True. Sam

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Hi my mane is lorraine petrie . I have copd. Anx wear and tear in my hip and back . I get middel pip. I have a care but i am unsure what other help is ther for me

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Hi Lorraine, I'm happy to give to a call for a chat to discuss what else there may be for you. Please PM me with your phone number and I'll give you a call.

Thanks, Biddy

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Hi my name jean having a bit prob going from DLA to pip

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Hi Jean, the phase over can be a tricky time I know. Would you like me to call you for a chat? If you would, please PM me with your phone number.

Thanks, Biddy

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Hi Biddy. Have had COPD for some years. Would like to get some advice too. Thank you.

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Good morning,

Please PM me with your enquiry or phone number and I'll get back to you.

Biddy.

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Dear Biddy

After being a very active, positive and healthy person, I have suffered ill health for the past 17 months. I am a busy Assistant Head in education and during this period I have had a lot of time off work, (including a 5 month stretch. ) No one has given me a straight diagnosis but I have persistent chest infections.

I am independent and therefore worry about my ability to hold down my demanding job. I enjoy my work but it requires long hours. What are my options? Can my health issues be considered a disability? (lasting well over a year and preventing me from having a normal life and being able to carry out my work.) I fear that the anxiety surrounding the pressure of being financially independent, is not helping my condition. I have always worked and have no knowledge of the benefit system. Please advise.

Megan Barnet

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Hi Megan,

There is no quick answer to this but I'd be happy to chat with you. Are you able to phone me? Or PM me your phone number so I can call you?

Thanks,

Biddy

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Hi Biddy, I was turned down for PIP to DLA last September the lady in the face to face said she wasn't a doctor and she would not examine me, I tried to show her all my latest reports from a chest hospital on top of my other disabilities I now have asbestos lung disease but she said she did not need to see them! The following day I was sent to see a DWP doctor for Industrial disease benefit she looked at all my consultant's reports and give me a good examination and put me at 55% disabled, yet the DWP took my DLA mobility away and refused my PIP on what the first lady wrote, Yet they upped my daily living benefit to more than the mobility ? I have just been told my tribunal case is on 3rd Jan 2018 not giving me much time to prepare for it, I don't have transport and don't have anyone to help me at the Tribunal please can you point me in the right direction, How can one person working for the DWP who was not a doctor put me at zero percent and a DWP doctor the next day put me at 55% because of my asbestos lung disease ? many thanks Paul

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Hi I've been on pip 3 Ur now and employment support I'm having to fill another email form in, I suffer anxiety I have self harm problems it's causing me anxiety I'm scared of being left with nothing I also have fibromyalgia astma colitis IBS arthritis loads I can't cope now please help I'm so worried xx

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Thankyou the info at the moment is pretty scarce. Sam

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Hi Buddy how do I PM you? I would like a call when / if you have time please.

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