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  1. Hi elche, I realised the sticky point with my less than one years service. I can't turn up at my old work because i did a job that requires legal sign off (specialised department) so i can't do my job any longer. Even if I could do it I can't get to old work, i can't drive and it's over 40 miles away from home with no public transport on a Sunday which was/is one of my contracted days. They are still paying me so I'm not fired and according to HR at my old work there is defo a transfer at the new place. I called ACAS and they said that they shouldn't be paying me out of holiday but do i challenge that now or after i sign my new contract? Don't want to end up out of work through this!
  2. I work for a large supermarket chain and i've had the job since July last year, i recently finished uni and wanted to transfer my job back home. I discussed this with my line manager (A) who spoke to his manager (B) about it. Manager B then called the store nearest my home address and made enquiries, i was told that there was a position available for me there and given forms to fill in. I duly filled in the forms and returned them to A who signed them and sent them to the personnel manager ©. The next time i was in A asked me to confirm with C that the forms were recieved so I called her department and I was told that the form was on Cs desk. On my last day at the store I was told that there was no longer a position for me at the store i wanted to transfer to by C so C arranged for me to meet her after my shift to discuss my options. When I went to meet C she had gone home early and had not left a message for me. The next day I went to the store to talk to C and she told me that she had found me a job at another store which was on a public transport route from my new home, she said that someone from this store would call to talk to me. That was 19 days ago, I have been calling C but she rarely returns my calls so on Tuesday I went to my old store (which is miles away) and spoke to C, she gave me the details of the contact at the new store. I called the new store on Wednesday and was told that my contact was not in, i left a message for her to call me back and when she didn't call me back today I called the store and spoke with someone else from personell who did not know anything about a transfer. I called C again and was told that the person I called was indeed in the know and C promised to sort it, she hasn't called me back. Meanwhile the company are paying me out of my holiday allowance, i don't like this as I am going away in August and would like my holiday time then. I'm at my wits end, what can I do? I am a member of the legal club which i paid through my wages but i now realise that i was never given the contact details to get in touch with a lawyer, I am not a member of a union. If anyone needs to know what company i work for i am happy to tell through PM.
  3. No they're loathe to do an EP study because they're convinced that they got all the answers on the tilt table but that was about 5 years ago now. It was an unmedicated tilt so they can't even put the rate drop down to the spray or anything. The pacemaker was always set on preventing brady episodes as it's usually rate drop that causes my syncopes; with the new episodes in mine there's now debate over wether i need a different model but they wont fit one while my scar is still keloid.
  4. You should definately see someone from welfare rights if you can, I want to say that IBS with lowered mobility due to back problems may be an issue but you never know how they'll look at it. Best you can do is appeal and get them to relook at the award
  5. you can't get budgeting loans to clear your debts, you may get some for your daughters clothes but then they may tell you to use her child benefit money for that. The household items - well it depends on the area and what you ask for but you'll be expected to buy the cheapest you can find and use that.
  6. that's called fraud. The jobcentre would want to know why she hasn't returned home. Anyway a partner can be anyone with a financial link so they may have asked for your brothers details anyway. The jobseekers on entitled to is usually the contributions based one that you only get for 6 months and is based on national insurance record, the one that your brothers partner is claiming must be income assessed due to them taking notice of your brothers details so the figures may be different because of this. You should tell your brothers partner to apply for income support.
  7. no the pacemaker hasn't really helped the episodes at all, it did for the first month or so but that's been put down to the fact that i had nil stress and no life as i was just in my mums house, off work and uni with no big responsibilities. The minute i went back to real life the episodes were back and i was re-medicated so i'm back to the same amount of episodes with the same severity. The pacemaker was never meant to cure anyway but rather give a look in at how my heart has been responding and now it looks like i may have POTS as well because the pacemaker is catching tacchycardia as well as bradycardia episodes which co-incide with my fainting diary.
  8. I posted a shorter version of this on the disabilities board but thought i'd post here also just in case anyone here could help. Been on DLA for 4 years due to having a condition that's like epilepsy but isn't. I also have a "dyslexia like learning difficulty". I have a pacemaker and work 16 hours a week in a large supermarket that supports me by placing me in the clothing department and making sure i work in a team and, if possible, with the first aider so I get the disabled rate of tax credits. I reapplied for DLA with the new style form and didn't really understand the box system but i gave it my best shot as the CAB in my old area didn't fill in forms. I moved and recently got my knock back in the post. On one page it said that i didn't black out so didn't need accompanied when i'm out and on the other page it said that i did black out but i was aware of danger when i do - i am definately not as i am completely unconcious. I called the DLA helpline and they advised me to go to CAB in my new area, due to their caseload being too big they couldn't help me but they gave me the GL24 form. I called the DLA helpline again and the case is being re-looked at based on details taken over the phone, i also requested that my GP be contacted but as she's a new GP i'm not sure how much use she will be. I realise i'm not at the appeal stage yet but need to know what other organisations can help me with the GL24 and the appeal if needed? I live in West Lothian.
  9. from what i gather it's standard procedure to base income based job seekers on the income of the claimant and their partner. Your brothers girlfriend needs to get a job (any job) quickly or your brother should get a new job that pays more. You can always try plugging their details into Start Calculation to see if there's anything else that they should be claiming.
  10. I was in the middle of moving house when my DLA renewal form came through. Seeing as the form has changed of late I filled it as well as i could with the old form there as a basis (CAB didn't have any appointments). It came back that i was knocked back on the basis that i don't black out (when i do). I went to CAB in my new area and they said they can't help with an appeal because they don't have the staff (typical) but they did give me a GL24 form to fill in. I currently live in West Lothian, would anyone be able to point me in the direction of a company that can help? Currently the award is being reconsidered after i called and explained the situation.
  11. TheKLF as an adult you will not be entitled to the high mobility component as you can walk. The criteria for children recieving high mobility is different to the adult criteria. To be honest from your description of yourself I really don't think you should be driving, phobia of trains or not! What if you get distracted and knock over a kid?
  12. Not much, she is suspended on full pay pending at the moment but the lawyer dealing with it said that because no one died or needed surgery or hospitalisation then it's going to be a smack on the wrist if any action at all is made. She'll probably be sent on some course to get her recording skills up to scratch.
  13. she said it could take months as they are moving between hospital trusts and parts are being removed and edited because my last GP was found to have meddled with my notes to cover her back.
  14. well your own OT should be supportive and might already have the form filled out when you get there! (apparently it happens).
  15. Oh and I'm on middle care yet I work part time and study full time. That doesn't stop me needing walked to work, accompanied across the road, someone to cook for me, someone to watch me in the bath (not actually sit and stare at me lol) etc. Having a disability doesn't make you a write off it can actually entitle you to disabled element of tax credits (which you need DLA to claim which confirms you can have DLA and work). Again, good luck!
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