Today I got a new set of DLA papers to be completed for renewal I think they call it. I was in bed at the time and when my husband came to wake me up he told me that it had arrived. I knew a great guy called Dave, who works as an advisor at a place that deals with Employment & Welfare. He's absolutely brilliant, has helped me with two DLA forms so far. My first form went through an appeal process which I later won, the second one was a bit more straightforward and went through quite quickly. Now today I found out that where he works doesn't get any funding and now to fill forms in etc he now charges £125! That's if you win of course. As anyone in my position knows being on benefits certainly doesn't mean that I have money to burn. I have two children and a mortgage to pay for, I struggle just to have any more left at the end of the month so where in the heck am I supposed to find this money? I know that the CAB are available but my local one is being closed due to lack of.. you guessed it funding!!!. Luckily, I have photocopies of my original form that was used for the tribunal, which my husband can now go through and make the necessary changes. It astounds me that people like myself and others in this group need advice and help and where are we supposed to go now??
Sorry for this rant peeps I'm just so unhappy. Wish me luck for my renewal xxx