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Cpino1234
Cpino1234

Hi everyone am new to site I've recently been dignosed with fibro I've reduced my hours 40to 10 a week at work I was advised to apply for pip and universal credit also its been so hard trying to a just my life am mentally exhausted as well as physically exhausted tgats even before start on how much pain this illness has caused me just try cope with financial change I applied for pip 4wks AFO still not heard anything I was only offered £240 for month off universal credit cause I've earned £487 that month which totally shocked me I don't have enough cover my rent now so now am going in to dedt cause of this so I would appericate any help or advice on this matter thanks in advance xx

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Hello and welcome! May I suggest that you contact the fmauk.org Benefits Helpline on 0300 999 0055 which is available in Monday and Friday morning from 10 - 12.00. You may also consider contacting Citizens advice, but not sure how they are working with the current virus situation. Take care xx

Cpino1234
Cpino1234 in reply to phlebo123

Thank you x

skit
skit in reply to Cpino1234

Phlebo123 face a good reply.Our Fibro benefits advisor is good.With our present state of uncertainty due to Covid some benefits will take longer to process.

PIP works on a points criteria.A site called Benefits and work is helpful source about OIP It's independent of this forum and nothing to do with DWP.

Gentle hugs

Cpino1234
Cpino1234 in reply to skit

Thank you x

Hi .you can phone universal credit i would ask them to pay your rent direct so your covered from your next payment ,and double check with them on the phone about the rent,you can get the advance payment as well you could get that if you want it if so ask on phone and if you may get more advance patment if you wait for next months payment or just take wot they offer just now if there is a advanced payment there, your pip i woukd just forget about that the now it can take a long time

Cpino1234
Cpino1234 in reply to Ajay575

Thank you x

Ajay575
Ajay575 in reply to Cpino1234

When you log in to your universal credit,sometimes there is a button at bottom of page somewhere where you can click and see if a advanced payment is available you just click it ,or you can phone them

Cpino1234
Cpino1234 in reply to Ajay575

Thanks this all new to me appericate everyones help x

angelm54
angelm54 in reply to Cpino1234

Have you applied for a rent rebate from your council, you should get a fair amount of it paid for you x

Cpino1234
Cpino1234 in reply to angelm54

I have applied for exceptional hardship fund also a discretionary housing payment I was advice to do this by citizens advice so just waiting game now but thank you for advice

hansrey64
hansrey64 in reply to angelm54

no new claims for housing benefit it will be uc

Cpino1234
Cpino1234 in reply to hansrey64

Yes that's write I've had go on universal credit as all benefits are changing over to uc.

angelm54
angelm54 in reply to hansrey64

Does that include housing benefits though

Cpino1234
Cpino1234 in reply to angelm54

Yes its everything x

hansrey64
hansrey64 in reply to angelm54

its called housing element on uc and no element is protected

The advance payment is a loan .when you get universal credit but when you get your first payment Jc they take your loan of to.you don’t get any money for first five weeks on us that’s why they offer you advance but esa you get money when your sick note gets assessed .really if you’ve just stopped work esa would be better but get advice first .sometimes your health centre has people who give you welfare advice in there ask health centre .usually wit pip your usually claiming one of the other benefits as well for evryday living .pip is monthly on top of that but it does not affect your other benefit .

The advance payment is a loan yes to get you tgrough the first 5 weeks and you pay it back in small amounts usually over a year interest free

I’d go to go and get on the esa .sick it’s better than us .i think .if you get esa you go in either support group or work group if they decide support group you don’t look for a job £73 pounds a week .if you go in work group you see a work coach .but better getting advice but if yor unfit for work you usually go for esa sometimes you get help with rent and universal credit ..I’d go to welfare rights or cab .you can apply for pip but your better gettting someone to help with form .but you are allowed us or esa and pip but you need to apply for esa or ucc as well that’s your benefit after you stop working your entitled to one of these .get advice first .as soon as you can but if you feel you are not fit to work I’d get sick line of of doctor .

I am on uc I have applied for pip they Saudi I couldn't have ESA cause I have universal credit account

Cpino1234
Cpino1234 in reply to Cpino1234

They winter let me go on ESA I've tried.

Cpino1234
Cpino1234 in reply to Cpino1234

Won't I mean lol

Hello, reference PIP, it normally takes up to 8 weeks to hear back about your PIP assessment date once you have sent in the application form with your supporting documents, evidence and information.

Cpino1234
Cpino1234 in reply to Farmerboy

Thankyou for information

Go to citizens advice you have to make appointment but they sorted my friends benefits out quickly.As for fibro had it 14 yrs its dreadful illness I've just had treatment at Simply Treatment after trying everything and pain getting worse takes 4 weeks for full effect praying in works

I did get in touch with citizens advice did a live chat they advised me on what to do apericate everyone's help x

do u have children? if u dont then its correct what they have taken off from uc as u dont get work allowance.

Cpino1234
Cpino1234 in reply to hansrey64

I do but no young children all over 18 now

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