I had one of 'those brown envelopes' in the post this morning. My heart sank and I could feel my anxiety rise as I had reapplied for DLA 3 weeks ago. Having had such a struggle with them previously ( haven't we all?!) I was ready for more stress. But, they have put my claim through for an indefinite period at the same rate as last time, just over a year ago. I thought I had demonstrated that my condition had worsened significantly in the last year but I guess I should be grateful for the crumbs they throw me.
Just to give you a laugh, when I was claiming in 2012, I was in a cast for 4 months ( see pic) and then went back into hospital for 2 weeks rehab, then a very lengthy period of outpatient rehab.
My claim for DLA was refused!!!!! They said I had no need for help with personal care, I could bath or shower myself ( errrrrrr, I couldn't bath or shower for 4 months at all!!!) I could prepare a meal etc etc.
I had to go to a tribunal looking like this and feeling dreadful - I had had major surgery and it wasn't easy hauling the cast around with my seriously dodgy spine.
Needless to say the Tribunal didn't say much but looked horrified and overturned the DWP decision. I had even sent photographs of me in the cast when I asked for re decision before the tribunal.
Don't they put us through it when we are least able to manage?
I shouldn't feel grateful to get the pittance they have granted me, I've worked for 40 years but hey 😁
Hoping everyone having a comfortable day as possible