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TOPIC: The Effect of Moving on DLA Renewal

The Effect of Moving on DLA Renewal 7 years 5 days ago #13240

  • Melanie
Hello Members and Moderators,

It has been a while since I have been on the forum. I hope everyone is coping as well as can be with their benefit applications.

The Moderators may remember of the difficult time I had applying for DLA due to poor advice and treatment by Welfare Rights and Citizens Advice. Well, I currently have HRM and MRC which is due to run out in August 2010. I am planning to move back to London (I live in Birm), but I am very worried of the effect that doing this will have on my renewal application.

My Fibromyalgia has not improved but my anxiety has worsened. I have a brilliant GP and I am afraid that the new GP I may get would not be supportive. Also, if I move to London, I will have to wait to be referred to a pain management clinic etc and hope that they are supportive. I will probably not be moving to London until June/July (my award ends in Aug). What can I do to ensure that I have the best shot at having a successful renewal despite moving?

What I am thinking is that if I complete the renewal pack in May and get evidence from my GP and Pain Management Clinic that is up-to-date then I may be ok.

Also, because of receiving support from my carer, having the money for more treatments and medication, having the car and not having the same amount of stress that I had when I first applied, I appear to have improved. But I haven't because the second this support is taken away I go back to how I was without the DLA. How can I document this on the DLA form? How do I say that I seem better BECAUSE of the support of the DLA, but in reality have not actually improved? If I keep a diary of my symptoms and the support I receive and how essential that support is, would that be useful?

Thank you for any advice you can offer.

Mel xx
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Re:The Effect of Moving on DLA Renewal 7 years 4 days ago #13259

  • pata1
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Hi Mel,

I think you answered your own question when you state:

I appear to have improved. But I haven't because the second this support is taken away I go back to how I was without the DLA. How can I document this on the DLA form? How do I say that I seem better BECAUSE of the support of the DLA, but in reality have not actually improved?

You haven't improved, DLA is paid for the level of care and mobility needs that you have, which by your own admission have not improved.

In a forum like this, it's impossible for us to give individual advice, or to tell members how they can fill in their DLA claim form, as we don't have access to your case papers.

For this, you need 'face to face advice' from a benefits adviser who can talk to you and go through your case papers with you, and help to complete your DLA claim pack. See PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING in the Spotlights area of the forum.

As you've aleady stated you're not happy with your CAB I can only advise you to contact Community Legal Advice should be able to help you find an adviser in your local area.

Good luck.

Pat
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:The Effect of Moving on DLA Renewal 7 years 4 days ago #13264

  • Melanie
Hi Pat,

Sorry I hadn't realised that we couldn't ask about these things anymore.I am so scared about the DLA renewal as I had a horrendous experience before and only had the advice on this site to help me understand what I had to navigate through. I will use the guides to complete the form. I am just so nervous as I have to move to London and I don't know who my GP will be nor what his polical opnions are about DLA or about Fibromyalgia. Has anyone succeeded in a DLA application without the support of their GP? Have you ever seen a case like that?
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Re:The Effect of Moving on DLA Renewal 7 years 4 days ago #13266

  • pata1
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Hi Mel,

We've never been able to provide advice about individual claims, since it would be impossible to do so in an open forum.

All our moderators with the exception of the site owner, Steve Donnison have chronic ill-health and/or disability themselves, plus we're all just volunteers.

See this post from Steve HERE which is over a year old and explains why.

Good luck.

Pat
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:The Effect of Moving on DLA Renewal 7 years 4 days ago #13267

  • Melanie
Ok,

Well I've just subscribed again for the year and I will definitly be using the guides. What am I allowed to ask the moderators about? I'd appreciate knowing this as I am on my own in this DLA process. I know that you cannot say do this or do that because you would have to know every detail of the case and as was mentioned in Steve's post, the forum is only a courtesy, but if I need clarification on a point of law or eligibility, can I ask about this? I knopw I will have to do the work on my own, but sometimes those with more experience can suggest other avenues of getting evidence, for example.

I know that you are all suffering with ill health and I know that it is difficult to respond at times. I give advice to members of a charity and struggle myself at times. So I don't want you to think that I am trying to be demanding. I just like to know the resources that are available to me.

Is it possible for you or any othr moderator to tell me if they have heard of a DLA case being successful where the claimant's GP was not supportive?

Thanks, Mel
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Re:The Effect of Moving on DLA Renewal 7 years 4 days ago #13268

Melanie wrote:
Ok,

Well I've just subscribed again for the year and I will definitly be using the guides. What am I allowed to ask the moderators about? I'd appreciate knowing this as I am on my own in this DLA process. I know that you cannot say do this or do that because you would have to know every detail of the case and as was mentioned in Steve's post, the forum is only a courtesy, but if I need clarification on a point of law or eligibility, can I ask about this? I knopw I will have to do the work on my own, but sometimes those with more experience can suggest other avenues of getting evidence, for example.

I know that you are all suffering with ill health and I know that it is difficult to respond at times. I give advice to members of a charity and struggle myself at times. So I don't want you to think that I am trying to be demanding. I just like to know the resources that are available to me.

Is it possible for you or any othr moderator to tell me if they have heard of a DLA case being successful where the claimant's GP was not supportive?

Thanks, Mel

One of the problems with an open forum is that some members are minded to give a detailed account of their medical condition, which invariably invites a detailed reply.

Unfortunately, when you do not have access to all the evidence and are relying on what a member says in their post, it would be most unwise and indeed quite wrong to give a definitive response. That is why we can only deal with general enquiries about in the main, the procedure and the law relating to disability benefits. However, members are at liberty to share their own experiences which may assist other members facing a similar problem. This is another advantage of an open forum such as this one.

On the question of claimants succeeding with DLA claims/appeals following an unhelpful report from their own doctor, normally a DLA decision maker will place considerable emphasis on a GPs report, but if a claimant disagrees with what their GP has written about them, if they attend an oral appeal hearing to explain the reasons for the disagreement, the tribunal may very well be persuaded to accept the direct evidence given by the appellant, in preference to that of the GP.
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Last Edit: 7 years 4 days ago by Crazydiamond. Reason: Further info. added.
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