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  1. Thank you Mikey. I went to se my GP last night about my carpal tunnel syndrome (right hand/arm now completely useless, am typing (slowly) with left hand only. Mentioned how I had failed to get enough points and IB cut off in Feb and told I am "fit for work", and her eyebrows shot up into her hairline! She said "That is wrong, very wrong, whatever were they thinking?" and said she would speak to the senior partner to see if there is anything the practice can do. But I know from reading on this and other forums, they never, ever speak to GPs. It's made me realise that ONLY GP
  2. Hmmm. but it's ok for the rich to ask how to "hide" money from the taxman by doing all sorts of clever things with their money to evade tax liability. Message received.
  3. Hi Aviva Your first sentence is the first useful piece of information I've had. Now you have told me they want to see 3 months statements I will move the money today so I can start claiming in November. Your second point: I could say the money was previously under my mattress and someone persuaded me to bank it. Third sentence: I don't know my neighbours, I don't sit around chatting in pubs or cafes, I spend 90% of my time alone, and not one person in my life, not even my close friends or my family (all distant) know that I have ever claimed benefits and I would never tell them.
  4. Ain't life a b****? The last few days I have been clicking on and reading then closing down numerous PDFs all found on the official govt benefits website. I most definitely read that ruling on one of those. But when I began this thread it never crossed my mind for a single split second that anyone would need me to name the exact domument. If it had, I would have taken note. All I can say is that the PDF was something to do with ESA. Probably.
  5. Thank you everyone and sorry to Antone for flying off the handle. From your responses I think I need to make it clear which I have omitted to do that the DSS (or whatever they are called these days) do not know that I have this money. So it's not like I am going to say to anyone, "oh, last week I had 64k and this week I only have 16k so can I have my benefit please." They do not know I have this money and the only way they could find out would be by getting access to my b/s or possibly via the tax office as I do declare the savings on my tax return. I am guessing that they don't
  6. Jack - Failed PCA (if pca means medical?) foreign doctor with very poor English who conducted my yearly examination on behalf of the govt. seems to have written down something other than the answers I gave him. Each year I got something like 15 points then suddenly he gives me 3. I no longer qualify for IB, even though my GP says she will sign any certificate to say I am unfit for regular paid work. The govt are not interested in the judgment of a GP who has known me 17 years just the foreign doctor with poor English who saw me for 5 mins. I understand that the govt has told the peo
  7. Thanks for the responses. Because we don't know if we are going to get a nice or a nasty, we have to prepare in advance. I will write down all the things I have wrong with me (is there enough paper in the world?) and read the list over and over on the train journey there. During the medical I was so taken up with standing and sitting and raising my arms up and down like a semaphore signaller that I forgot to tell her about my stress, depression, anxiety, social phobias, sporadic sleep apneoa, unstable blood glucose leading to sleeping fits, weeping fits, etc. On top of that I now hav
  8. I have finally found the clause in the t & cs Your Room Cancellation Insurance This policy wording along with Your Confirmation Email/Certificate forms the basis of Your contract of insurance. Together, these documents explain what You are covered for. The policy wording contains conditions and exclusions which You should be aware of. You must keep to all the terms and conditions of the insurance. So I guess that is it. They "told me": "Your Confirmation Email". That's it then. Always read the small print. Thanks folks.
  9. Judging by what I see on these boards these tribunals are horrible. Eeek! Apparently they deliberately try to rile you up and when you get really cross and tell them to eff off, they say you are perfect for a job on PCWorld's complaints hotline!
  10. Erika - that is not what it says in the printed document I have before me. It says you have the right to be recalled. End of.
  11. Hello Antone Sorry to say but I think you have a coupla things wrong here. You said... "The benefit system is intended as a last resort, so I'm not sure that it's in principle all that bad to ask you to spend your own money to support yourself...I'm just pointing out how it's seen by the government." If this were the case, and if this is "how the govt sees it", how come when I was on Incapacity Benefit I discovered that (1) Any amount of unearned income from any source, which (I asked and it was confirmed in writing) includes lodgers in ones own house and rent from another
  12. Email arrived from them this moment saying that the hearing has been postponed! That is GOOD news. Now, how to prepare myself and my case? Will there be a doctor on the tribunal? Will there be a medical exam? Will they ask me questions to try to trip me up so they can try to "prove" I am fit for work? I feel very intimidated by them!
  13. Well this tribunal is going to happen and all I can do is be warned, prepare, take advice .... I am feeling desperate to get someone to come with me. I have very few friends and of them, none can come with me because they live so far away, are working full time, or are unsuitable (i.e. foreigners with poor English). I've asked at CAB, the local indie advice centre and even at M.I.N.D. for some advocate to come with me, but no one can come. I am racking my brains to think of anyone who could help me... I used to be a union member and now I miss having the support and representati
  14. Hi Fenris I am glad to have your support on this. I am in fact so dumb that I didn't realise that IB is higher than ESA and so IF I won at the tribunal I'd get more. But IF I lose at the tribunal I won't get ESA backdated to this week, of course! I rang the tribunal clerk and asked her twice to confirm whether their rules say they can hear the case without me and twice she cannot/will not tell me. She said its up to the judge ... but I am not allowed to speak to the judge! So I asked if my reason for postponement was sufficient, or did she needs me to send some docume
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