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#21 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 09:39 AM

Hello Jensue

It is hard and boy do you feel guilty! Funny that honest people feel guilty and fraudsters don't.

I do also find it hard that after working ever since leaving college and being entitled to my pension that I would be penalised for getting it by having my incapacity benefit cut. It's not like you claim IB because you're work shy!

You are right to claim it regardless of amount because of what it entitles you to.

Think I might drop my MP (member of parliament) a line about the IB and why specifically pension income is taken into account. It's not right to be financially worse off because you can't work, the benefit system should distinguish between can't work and won't work.

Well I feel better now! Take care!
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#22 debonair susie

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 07:19 AM

So true, Amanda...so true!
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Posted 09 July 2009 - 05:17 AM

i have low rate dla, but had to fight for that , I did apply for full dla but got refused they sent out a doctor to my house and he didn't see my suffering , I dont even think he knew what sclerdorma is ,he wrote a lot of things down , and looked down his specs at me , its very annoying that we have to fight what we are intitled to, we have this condition not by choice, and to suffer as we do , it really gets to me as I know people who get dla for being alchol dependent yet they choose to drink ...we dont choose to be ill but were not intitled to the benifit we rightly deserve
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#24 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 09:07 AM

Hello Jax

It is a frustrating system for sure. As you say it's very hard to be ill yet have to fight for benefits, it's enough to make you go out and get a job! :lol: If only we could..we jolly well would!

Would involving any specialist you see help your case? No one came to see me, if they had I would have insisted on them being a scleroderma expert, they took the evidence from my rheumatologist who is an expert in the field. Perhaps a letter from your rheumatologist to the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) migh increase the rate you receive. I would have thought that your rheumatologist, being well versed in sclero could easily trump the findings of their doctor.

Mind you if you haven't got the energy to do so I don't blame you, I never want to see that wretched 50 page form again! Unfortunately I will in 2011 when I'm reviewed.

Having said all that the CAB (Citizen's Advice Bureau) have people who help with completion of the form with a view to making sure the person gets the right level of disability living allowance. Maybe that would help you?

Take care.
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