Hi all, I first applied for DLA in October 2010, having been diagnosed with CFS and Fibromyalgia in April 2010. Was rejected straightway . So I asked them to look again, got awarded lower rate care, so asked them to reconsider or put me forward for an independent tribunal. Was told that a tribunal date would be arranged in due course. Waited and waited and waited. Nothing. So chased them up, and was told I would have to wait approx a year as there is such a backlog! So it gets to about January 2012 and I receive a letter and claim form asking if I wish to claim again? Huh, I'm waiting for tribunal date! Anyway so I fill in another form, send in the same evidence as before, still lower rate care. Ask them to look again, lo and behold I get awarded higher rate of both! So call and why I get higher rate of both now on same evidence as my first claim but initially get nothing. Am told I have to wait for my tribunal date. Really? What is with the people at the DWP? Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing! They say stress makes our condition worse, god help me! So I finally get a letter 2 weeks ago telling me I have a date for my hearing, 20th June. Exhausted, in dreadful pain, emotionally beaten down, but am so ready to fight my case. My argument is, how can I be told I get nothing, then lower rate care, then have to go for a tribunal, then the same, then higher rate of both, on exactly the same evidence! I think it all depends on the luck of who opens your application. I am conserving every bit of energy I can muster so I can give it to them on Wednesday. I have a fantastic welfare rights advisor, who also happens to be my dad, a wonderful and supportive husband, who has been my carer for over 2 years and a mum that nobody wants to mess with when it comes to her baby. So I am pretty confident that between us all we can show the panel just how incompetent some of the staff at the DWP are. Wish me luck! Gentle hugs to all. JT
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