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TOPIC: New Illness

New Illness 7 years 8 months ago #12896

  • tchristian31
Hi. I was awarded DLA, HRM and LRC 3 years ago at a Tribunal after first being turned down. This was for 2 years, upon my renewal, i was awarded HRM and HRC as i had added a new illness (Fybromyalgia), for 2 years again. One week later i received a letter saying they were withdrawing this award and giving me the original award indefinately. You can imagine my shock! I rang them and was told to appeal which i did. I was told it was after looking at my Dr's letter they had decided to reverse the award. Why did they give me the higher award if they hadnt looked at my Dr's report first? I enclosed Hospital Rheumatologists report and diagnosis in the renewal and DLA had written saying they would make a decision as soon as my Dr's report was received so i dont understand why they raised the award and then took it away. I had to accept the award as it was 'indefinate' and i am very aware that we can lose everything if we 'rock the boat'.

Now i have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Symdrome too and i am very unsure about whether to inform DLA because of the consequenses. I know i am entitled to HRC and HRM, i am not stupid and read everything but how do i get it? My local BWO is useless, i took them to the tribunal with me and they asked the panel to award me LRC, at which i was dumbfounded! I really do not know what to do. I am very poorly and cannot face another trinunal or the loss of what benefits i have now.

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Last Edit: by Crazydiamond. Reason: Full email address removed - member informed.

Re:New Illness 7 years 8 months ago #12912


I'm afraid we can't offer advice about your specific claim.

However, in itself a different or additional diagnosis would not necessarily constitute a change of circumstances if a claimant's care and mobility needs have not changed.

There is no way of asking for an award to be looked at again that doesn't involve some degree of risk, as you are clearly aware.

Is there another agency that provides welfare rights specialist support in your area that you could try?


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Re:New Illness 7 years 8 months ago #12979

  • tchristian31
Thanks for your response, How can a government dept. be so inconsistent and unfair? Disabled people are the last ones who should be subjected to this stress.My Dr. wrote a private report for me and they ignored it, there is nothing i can do.

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