DWP recognises Fibro
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has restated that they recognise Fibro as a potentially significantly disabling condition. This isn't the first time they have officially stated this, but up-to-date reiterations of this can't hurt when people with Fibro are still being led to believe that Fibro "doesn't count" when considering eligibility for benefits.
David Morris MP (Morecambe and Lunesdale, Conservative) asked the question:
"To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has considered recognising fibromyalgia in the benefits system."
Maria Miller MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Disabled People), Work and Pensions; Basingstoke, Conservative) responded on 18 June with:
"The Department recognises fibromyalgia as a potentially significantly disabling condition.
Where a clinical diagnosis of fibromyalgia has been made, full account will be taken of its disabling effects in determining eligibility for benefits."
For further information on benefits, Work Capability Assessments, DLA Medicals and more, see:
ITS about time too!!
hugs poppy xx
I wish they'd inform their assessors of that !
It's progress but still far too much down to individual interpretation for my liking .
That is good news for all of the people like me going through an appeal for esa.
thanks for posting x
Ive just emailed my mp through to above link theyworkfor you,about the dla precess, Il let you know if I hear anything
great stuff hun ive been turned down for esa an dla since 2010 an now appealling again saying i was fit for work ,an i have a stick hardley go out always in pain an many other things i hope they do recognize that it is a disabling condition at last ,someone should go on this morning awsell as if i had someone to go with i would tell them about firbo an me i suffer with on loads of medication an they say im fit to work thanks
I would go on with you,not sure what area you in,? I think it would be the cost getting down their I would struggle with x
Actually DLA is for anyone that needs any help (whether personal help or aids, and whether or not they get this help or not) in either getting around or looking after themselves, whether because of a physical or mental disability. It was always meant to help with the extra costs of being disabled.
May I ask why you think it is inappropriate for those with Fibromyalgia to get DLA and why you find it to be a joke?
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is not given for a specific condition, you don't get DLA just because you've been given a certain diagnosis you get DLA because you have specific care and/or mobility needs. DLA isn't just for those with severe problems getting from A to B, it is to help cover the additional cost of being disabled.
DLA has 5 different components, 3 for Care (HRC, MRC & LRC) and 2 for Mobility (HRM & RM). It's only the HRM component that covers severe problems getting from A to B. DLA is an "In Work" benefit which means that you can still be in work whilst claiming it and in fact there are many disabled people who rely on DLA to get them into work or to stay in work.
According to Government statistics DLA has a Fraud rate of 0.5% - which is less than the errors made by their own Department.
The new rules don't come into force until next year when DLA is phased out and becomes PIP so perhaps the new rules the chap with the "pain full (sic) wrist and arm" experienced weren't for DLA but another benefit.
The new rules for migrating those currently on Incapacity Benefit to Employment Support Allowance (ESA) an "Out of Work" benefit are already in force, the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is not a Medical and is widely known to be flawed, so flawed in fact that the British Medical Association has asked that it be stopped forthwith.
The successful appeal rate for ESA due to the flawed WCA is 40% but if a claimant is represented by the likes of the Citizen's Advice Bureau then this rises to over 70% (one MP said that he has helped over 80% of his constituents who appealed their ESA WCA to overturn the decision). The Ministry of Justice produced a video of how to appeal but the DWP minister had it pulled - not once but twice - because, according to a Freedom of Information request, it contained too much information about how to improve your chances of winning!
I really don't understand why you are on this forum it is for people suffering a very painful and disabling illness.I myself have just joined and have spoken to lots of lovely people who are here to help and offer support,So i think it's best if you join some other group where your pathetic nasty little comments will be more appreciated.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion but unless you are in someone else's shoes you really are no judge as to the need of an individual for assistance. I do hope you are not a DLA Assessor.
I have had to retire due to my health, but believe me I would much rather be back at work and enjoying my old lifestyle. Enough money to live on, doing the things I wanted to do, when I wanted to do them. Not having to rely on anyone to help me with simple tasks such as shopping, cleaning, getting around etc. All the activities I took for granted before FMS took over my life. Enjoying the benefit of private health cover, a great social life, being able to run up & down stairs, dance till I drop, run around with the children etc. etc. etc.
Now I live in constant pain. Holding a telephone to have a conversation hurts. As for daily activities that were taken for granted, the frustration at no longer being able to do them without excruciating pain is something I guess you don't understand. If you did you would not make the comments you have.
FYI DLA was not meant for people with severe problems getting from a to b alone. Also it isn't an 'exam'. It is a medical assessment that defines your entitlement. Also you have to be clinically diagnosed, not just have a painful wrist, I agree there are many people who receive DLA who do not need it, but a wide sweeping statement such as "I dont think any of you should get DLA for fib its a joke" is uninformed and shows a relevant amount of ignorance. Why single out FMS sufferers alone in your statement?
DLA CARE COMPONENT:
* People who need help with things such as washing, dressing, eating, getting to and using the toilet, or communicating your needs
* need supervision to avoid you putting yourself or others in substantial danger
* need someone with you when you are on dialysis
* be unable to prepare a cooked main meal for yourself (if you have the ingredients),
DLA MOBILITY COMPONENT:
Disability must be severe enough for you to have any of the following walking difficulties, even when wearing or using an aid or equipment you normally use:
* Because of a physical disability, you are unable or virtually unable to walk ***without severe discomfort***, or at risk of endangering your life or ***causing deterioration in your health by making the effort to walk***
* you have no feet or legs
* you are assessed to be both 100 per cent disabled because of loss of eyesight and not less than 80 per cent disabled because of deafness and
* you need someone with you when you are out of doors
* you are severely mentally impaired with severe behavioural problems and qualify for the highest rate of care component
* you need guidance or supervision most of the time from another person when walking out of doors in unfamiliar places
* you are certified as severely sight impaired by a consultant ophthalmologist, and you were aged between 3 and 64 on 11 April 2011; you must also have a best corrected visual acuity of less than 3/60, or you must have a best corrected visual acuity of 3/60 or more but less than 6/60 together with a complete loss of peripheral visual field and a central visual field of no more than ten degrees in total
Many people diagnosed with FMS also have other illnesses, these combined can & do put the sufferers into 1 or more of the above criteria, therefore making them eligible for DLA. Virtually everything a FMS sufferer does can cause **severe discomfort***, balance problems can cause endangerment to self due to constantly falling. I personally have fallen over many times and cause myself physical injury, broken bones, sprains, bruises and such. I cannot speak for everyone but I can speak from personal experience, and my experience is that people with uninformed opinions are the ones who make others lives a misery. I do hope your health stays well enough for you not to need DLA or any other form off benefit, but am sure if it doesn't your views will change dramatically.
Have a nice Day.