I'm a Happy Old Lady . just received my Brown Letter. Nearly 4 weeks of extreme stress with everything , but been put in Support Group middle of next month . Your all first to know before I tell my family & friends. Feel elated but also a little sad my working days are over but in so much pain lately with fibro arthritas failing eye sight & mobilty like a stiff porker.Failed in PIP where everything was twisted awaiting tribunal date which is still a black cloud on me. Anyway I just wanted to share my Good News & Thank you for listening to my fat between posts xx

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  • not Fat Far* Oops πŸ˜†

  • It will be a weight of your mind.

    Good luck with the tribunal, if you know your entitled to the help just keep applying until someone sees the reality of your situation.

  • Thank you for your reply RayB I will try my best explaining just apprenshive Waiting for date of tribunal x

  • Remember when you are answering their questions that the benefit is not paid for the condition but how that condition affects you in your daily life. I suggest you look at the criteria before your tribunal and compare it with the information on your application. It will leave you better prepared for potential questions.

    I think the same thing applies in these tribunals as in school exams,,, listen to the question,,, don't be afraid to ask them to repeat the question if you are not sure or confused as to what has been asked.

    I noticed that the vet I worked with always became a bit deaf before any court appearance as a professional witness,,, I was never sure if it was an act or not, to give him thinking time!

    Perhaps it was just persistent earwax but he came from line of barristers going back about 6 generations.

    Best Wishes, Ray

  • Thank you RayB for taking your time to explain the criteria of PiP . The Assessor who assessed me seemed to be very nice but I was aware they put on false friendliness , still amazed how everything was contradicted eg well presented , bent for handbag , took out paperwork by opening zip , refused medical all fibs . Not sure if I go through the tribunal but CAB helped with the procedure. x

  • Good news and good luck with the tribunal xx

  • Thank you Lou 1064.

  • Good to hear your news. All the best for the assessment .

  • Thank you Betty67. Hope you have a lovely Bank Hol x

  • Lovely news 😊. Thank you for letting us know. Good luck with your Tribunal.

    Blue xx

  • thank you Bluemermaid1.. Hope you have a pain Free weekend xx

  • Wonderful news it must have been such a relief for you. I am starting to winder what everyone has to do to get Pip as it is so difficult to be put in the Support Group that you would have easily got at least LR Pip. Do hop hope you are successful when you go to Tribunal.x

  • Is it hard for the support group ?

    I didn't have a medical ,I took my sick note to the job centre and they asked if they could help me and I was having such a bad day ,I said if you can help me then please do ,to cut a long story short he new he recognised me and when I told him how and what was wrong with me he just turned round and said good god it's you and your to il to work as I hadn't realised that's what he had in mind , , he helped me out of the building opening doors for me and two weeks later I got a letter from the job centre saying I epwas in the support group with the disability bi as well


  • Yes it can be very difficult so many people have had to go to tribunal and have ended up still in the working group. I am so glad that you saw someone who recognised you from when you were fit that must have made such a difference as he woule be able to compare the two. I am so glad that you did not have to go through all the hoops. Just to get to the basic ESA took nearly two years for my husband and two tribunals I would not wish that experience on my worse enemy. What made it awful was unless you are in support group and it is contribtion based ESA you get only 12 months and his was contribition based. They changed that rule whilst he was fighting his case so he won at tribunal only to have it taken off him 6 months later!

  • That's arwful , I don't get how all this works to be honest . I don't understand how fit able body people can make the decisions they do and discriminate against the ill and disabled vulnerable it goes against all my moral codes ,life is hard enough as it is and people with no understanding or empathy just make it worse .

  • I had the same experience as Shadow years ago before ESA. The member of staff, who helped me into and out of chairs, doors etc. put me on Incapacity is still my go to person for any DWP advice :-D

  • it's good to hear that I am not the only one that has been treated with dignity and compassion .my advocate was really surprised I had been treated so well .

  • Hi shadow I didn't have to apply they put me in support group after 3 years of having fibro. It seems I am pretty fortunate as I got full DLA first time and also PIP.


  • That's brilliant , it's nice to hear that sometime things work out out well xxx

  • Just dreading it .... Hear so much about being humiliated , scares me. Thank you for your wishes rose wine x

  • I am I like you got my ESA and support group and disability but didn't get pip . Am know doing a second application ,with disabilities advocate have had a brilliant letter from my GP the open sentence reads as follows

    I fully support Ms Evans for her pip application ,

    He then continues for the rest of the A4 sheet to say why πŸ˜€

    Shame he my GP and married πŸ˜‚

    Anyway congratulation so pleased for you

    Shadow x

  • Yes the best are always taken.x

  • Wishing you the very best of luck :) xx

  • Thank you ryanbone. Brilliant wishes , fab web site x

  • Haha πŸ˜„ Thank you for your reply. My surgery is pot luck who u can see & then if u express I new issue they look at you as if u growing horns lol one thing at a time so haste many visits xxx

  • I'm so so pleased for you that this morning brought you such good news. It must be a huge weight off your mind, so my fingers are doing a happy dance for you......... πŸ’žπŸŽˆπŸ‘πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸ˜ƒπŸŽˆπŸ’žπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

    I understand your anxiety about the appeal, the people running the assessments are to my mind inept if not completely negligent in the way they treat people.

    I'm sending lots of positive prayers your way πŸ˜€

    Foggy x

  • I am genuinely delighted for you and I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck.

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken x

  • Thank you Ken πŸ˜€ you awake like me , legs & neck playing up & feels like ants crawling over my itchy lumpy face 😞

  • good to hear your good news.

  • Thank you lilian68. I thought I'd sleep better with the worry relished but have had bad nights with leg pain. Hope you a lovely Bank Hol x

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