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TOPIC: independent benefit advisors

independent benefit advisors 7 years 2 weeks ago #12929

  • perparim hajdini
My dla is due for renewal and I've found an independent benefits advisery site.It works on a no win no fee basis.They do all the filling in of forms and correspondence with dwp.If successful I would have to pay them 40 percent of any arrears.They claim to have helped hundreds of people and got successful claims.They say some of their clients had been trying for years with no success and won their claim with them first time.Please could you advise me on this matter as I am very tempted to seek their help as I find filling in the forms very distressing.
Thank you.:)
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Re:independent benefit advisors 7 years 2 weeks ago #12953

Hi Perparim,

Can you give us the address of their website or tell us their name?

Steve
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Re:independent benefit advisors 7 years 2 weeks ago #12955

perparim hajdini wrote:
My dla is due for renewal and I've found an independent benefits advisery site.It works on a no win no fee basis.They do all the filling in of forms and correspondence with dwp.If successful I would have to pay them 40 percent of any arrears.They claim to have helped hundreds of people and got successful claims.They say some of their clients had been trying for years with no success and won their claim with them first time.Please could you advise me on this matter as I am very tempted to seek their help as I find filling in the forms very distressing.
Thank you.:)

In my opinion, I would stay well clear of these dubious outfits who are undoubtedly profiteering for providing services and from making unsubstantiated claims about their success rates, in obtaining benefits for claimants.

I think you should look no further than the excellent DLA guides in the members' resources area for completion of (renewal) claim forms, but do remember this is a personal opinion and ultimately it must be your decision as to whether you wish to enlist the assistance of the organisation in question?
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Re:independent benefit advisors 7 years 2 weeks ago #12967

  • perparim hajdini
Hi Steve.

The website is www.benefitanswers.co.uk.The address is p.o box 2040 Preston Lancs PR5 9AL.Tel:0845 6120 474
Last Edit: 7 years 2 weeks ago by Crazydiamond. Reason: Corrected URL.
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Re:independent benefit advisors 7 years 2 weeks ago #12980

Hi Perparim,

The final decision has to be yours. But I'd be concerned that nobody connected to the website is prepared to give their name or any details of where they gained their benefits experience in the About us section.

Steve
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Re:independent benefit advisors 7 years 2 weeks ago #12990

Done a little digging.

The whois information for the website in question brings up the following
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Domain name:
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Registrant:
Benefit Information Servicea

Registrant type:
Other UK Entity (e.g. clubs, associations, many universities)

Registrant's address:
Coppull Enterprise Centre
Mill Lane
Chorley
Lancashire
PR7 5BW
United Kingdom

A further search shows they have been mentioned on rightsnet http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=112&topic_id=469#470

Part of that thread mentions the director is Paul Brennan, who is director of Benefits Information Services Ltd (which is the same company name on the footer of the website in question.)

A search on him + the company shows a article entitled
Scamster is just a first-class fool, says victim

which you can read at the link below

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/2008/11/29/scamster-is-just-a-first-class-fool-says-victim-72703-22368270/


I would avoid...
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