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TOPIC: Completing the AA Form

Completing the AA Form 7 years 2 weeks ago #12992

I have just joined the Benefits and Work Guides and have one main question to ask.

I am very concerned that if I was to use some of the suggested answers in my claim which do 100% relate to my medical condition, will the Decision Makers be wondering if Ive just used your stock answers to fill out my claim. I am sure many people must be using these guides, all using the same Terminology! This is a worry to me.

Have you heard of anyone being turned down through using the guides because Decision Makers have heard the same answers/terminology by thousands of applicants. Sorry to appear negative or should I say paranoid, but getting this right is so important to me as I really do need to get help with my day to day living and I am completely hopeless in completing and wording forms like this.

I also suffer from severe chronic arthritis in my hands feet, knees, back and neck and cannot even hold a pen some days! I have no idea how I am going to be able to get through this form with my arthritis!

Many Thanks and look forward to your advice
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Re:Completing the AA Form 7 years 2 weeks ago #12997

Hi Brassedoff,

Hi Brassedoff,

No we've never heard of anyone being turned down on the grounds that they'd used our guides.

But if anyone did actually just copy text wholesale from the guides it wouldn't be at all surprising if they were turned down - particularly as our guides cover so many varying conditions.

Nothing in the guides is intended to be stock answers.

Rather, the guides offer a step-by-step method for providing evidence and give examples of how that method works. But they stress, for example, the importance of giving frequent examples from your everyday life, so everyone's claim pack should look very different when they follow our suggestions.

So, i don't think you need to worry about that.

I wish i could offer a helpful suggestion re the problems with completing the pack with severe arthritis.

Anyone else any thoughts?

Good luck,

Steve
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Re:Completing the AA Form 7 years 2 weeks ago #13002

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See A - Z of Medical Conditions
and look at the various types of arthritis.

It contains background information on the more common medical conditions in DLA/AA claims, their treatment, the likely disabling effects together with the likely impact on ability to self care and get around.

This is used by DWP Decision Makers & Tribunals to help them assess care needs for AA and care and mobility needs for DLA.
PLEASE READ THE SPOTLIGHTS AREA OF THE FORUM REGULARLY, OTHERWISE YOU MAY MISS OUT ON IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems
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Re:Completing the AA Form 7 years 2 weeks ago #13004

Hi Pat,

Sorry, didn't make myself clear there. I didn't mean writing about your arthritis - there's lots in the guides that would cover that. I meant the actual problem of holding a pen and writing on the form when you have severe arthritis in your hands.

Steve
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Re:Completing the AA Form 7 years 2 weeks ago #13013

Hi
Can you use a computer? When I filled my form claiming ESA I typed up my responses, easy to check and amend, and then printed out the statements. I did measure the boxes and changed the font size so that all of my statements would fit in the spaces available. Cut out the statements and stick in. This way you can do a bit at a time. You may find a helpful young person who is computer savvy and likes to cut and stick (a lot of that goes on in schools these days)to give you a hand.
Good luck
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Re:Completing the AA Form 7 years 2 weeks ago #13056

Hi,
Thanks to all for their help in this matter. My wife, who is typing this reply will do as firebird suggested, type and print the statements for me and stick them on the form. I have completed the easy parts by hand but this has taken me so long to do as I cannot grip a pen for long at all! Great suggestion, thanks Firebird.
John
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