Patricia Pearl - Small Claims Procedure - A Practical Guide


An excellent guide for the layperson in how to use the County Court - a must if you are intending to start a claim.

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    Default Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    Just got my award notice telling me what I will be getting to live on from April 2012. My ESA is going up from 99.85 to 105.05, but I won't be getting any more because the top up payment I also get to make up for the drop in income I got when changing from Invalidity Benefit to IB, is going down by the same amount.

    And for the first week in December a Christmas Bonus of 0.00 will be paid.

    I used to get 10 every Christmas, but I suppose they are looking for ways of funding tax cuts for those earning over 3000 a week. What fairer way of funding cuts for the best off than in true Tory fashion by taking money from the worst off?

    I won't be sending DC or NC a Christmas card this year.

    No sure if its being stopped for all the other qualifying benefits, or just contributionicon based ESA. There is no mention of it on my wifes pension award letter, and not as yet had letters about my DLA and Carers Allowance.

    Its bad enough the way they are treating the sick and disabled, but his is just mean. What's next on the agenda, special squads of "officers" on housing estates to take sweets of the children of single parents?


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTax...me/DG_10018704

    Christmas Bonus Who is eligible?



    To get a Christmas Bonus you must be a resident in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, any EEA country, or Switzerland. You must also be entitled to at least one of the following benefits in the qualifying week (normally the first full week of December):
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Carer's Allowance
    • Constant Attendance Allowance (paid under Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes)
    • contributionicon-based Employment and Support Allowance (once the main phase of the benefit is entered after the first 13 weeks of claim)
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Incapacity Benefit at the long-term rate
    • Industrial Death Benefit (for widows or widowers)
    • Mobility Supplement
    • Pension Credit - the guarantee element
    • State Pension (including Graduated Retirement Benefit)
    • Severe Disablement Allowance (transitionally protected)
    • Unemployability Supplement or Allowance (paid under Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes)
    • War Disablement Pension if over State Pension age
    • War Widow's Pension
    • Widowed Mother's Allowance
    • Widowed Parent's Allowance
    • Widow's Pension



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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    Yes I looked that up to, but that would be what applies now (christmas 2011) and does not include the changes due in April 2012.

    They do make mistakes though, I was told I hd been awarded DLA for Life and Dave said they would look after the most vulnarable in society.


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    There doesn't seem to be anything on Google about this.


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    Edit.

    Forget question, as see you're in the support group.


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    I may have jumped the gun, but the way this government seem to be intent on destroying all that my father and grandfather fought for, I am always thinking the worst. it may be that I'm going to get it in relation to my DLA or CA, and not ESA, just that it seemed strange to make a point out of saying I would be getting 0.00 as a Christmas bonus.


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    10? good to see its kept up with the inflation rate.

    How long has it been going? and its still a tenner? (if you get it)

    Good God.


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    Well, I used to get the 10 pound xmas bonus, ummmm, gosh, 6 yearsicon ago my sons DLA & my CA stopped? Yep, it's gone up a bit since then hasn't it! lol


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    yes, it's still a tenner.


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    I wonder why they said mine will be 0.00


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    Okay the way it was explained to me is that benefits are ranked. Highest ranked benefit pays the bonus.

    In the game of Benefit Top Trumps ESA main phase (i.e. in WRAG/SG) trumps DLA. Whilst DLA beats ESA in assessment phases.

    2010 I got a Christmas bonus paid by DLA.

    Didn't get one this year so phoned up DLA. DLA told me that as I'm in main phase ESA it's they who pay it.

    Called ESA who said no it hasn't been paid expect a call back.

    ESA call back 1, No your not eligible as although you get both Conts and Income ESA it's the Income one that takes president so you will not get one.

    Okay I think fair enough DLA premiums each week or 10 a year ~ no contest really.

    ESA call back 2 (10 minutes later), Sorry we were wrong and you do qualify for it.

    Next thing you know a notice arrives through the post saying Congratulations here's 20.

    So the moral of the story is...... I don't know!


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    That's ridiculous, Speedfreek. Would be much better for both departments to communicate with each other.


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    Mystery solved, they didn't pay me any Christmas bonus this year; what mean ****ers.


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    My DDicon receives DLA, IS and CA and didn't get a xmas bonus, should she have done?


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    We get IB DLA CA and IS and we both got 10 weeks ago

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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    Just checked and we got christmas bonuses.


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

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    My DDicon receives DLA, IS and CA and didn't get a xmas bonus, should she have done?
    Yes. I got mine a few weeks ago.


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    I wonder if her 10 was combined in with either her IS or CA is that possible? She says her payments for those vary from week to week so she never knows what will arrive. She certainly hasn't had an individual payment of 10 at all.

    Did everyone get theirs as a separate individual payment of 10 or was their paid with their benefit?


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    Mine was separate and always has been. Did your daughter receive a letter about this?


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    Default Re: Humbug; they've even stopped the Christmas 10 bonus!

    Got mine for the first time this year, it arrived separately.
    I know I've asked a couple of times but am yet to procure an answer. Why is the bonus paid to CB ESA claimants but not to IR ESA claimants? I would have thought the latter needed it more.



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