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  1. When filling out DLA forms you need to inform them of your worst and better days, and how frequently each occurs. Giving a snapshot of your average day probably lead you to not getting the money you're entitled to. E.g - my Mum has a degenerative disk disease. She is in constant pain but usually manages to get about ok. 3 or 4 times a year her back gets worse and she ends up bedridden for 2 or 3 weeks, sometimes hospitalised. She gets the higher rate of both care and mobility. If she were to only have described her average day she would only get the mobility component, which pays
  2. No, I don't rely on them either, they clearly can't be trusted. But for some benefits to have stopped when OP started work (assuming not just tax credits) then the DWP must have been informed somehow.
  3. i'll call tomorrow to ask. Is it the disability policy which puts you off going to legoland or is there another reason?
  4. Have you enquired about an evaluation for austism? Or is it something you would rather not persue? I wouldn't like to go back but my daughter would love to. She knows about the annual pass and also knows that it's "Mummy's Illnesses" that stop us going.
  5. I was thinking the same thing about autism. I have a friend whose son is autistic and rules are set in stone for him. It was not only the girl at the booth who mentioned autism but also the lady I spoke to on the phone. So clearly this is part of their training. They're very righteous about the whole thing, which I find strange, as I am a disabled person who is telling them how I feel, yet they argue with me because they think they're "right". I have spoken to other disabled people about this today and two of the four mentioned that they just won't go there. One had been before and had a
  6. You're right, it's always best to inform the different departments, and you're also right that they will argue that they would never advise to call TC. But it's still worth taking legal advice. Afterall, the OP did pay the money back before it went to court and she did own up to the fact that she got confused. It is sad, that one mistake could have cost her job. I mean if she wanted to work illegally and claim benefits there are far less risky ways to do that. As you have said, the magistrate probably did consider that OP took the time to contact HMRC and obviously some information trick
  7. That's not strictly true, whenever I've had a change in circumstances with any benefit I have called Tax Credits to let them know and they have told me that there is no need as DWP will inform them of any changes. I have always rung to be on the safe side, but I can see where confusion and the assumption that all information is shared would originate.
  8. Hello Honestly, I don't know. And that's not to say that I don't think you have a right to sue them, because I very strongly think you do. But I am not legal-minded. My advice would be to seek proper legal advice. Best of luck, what a dreadful experience!
  9. But the people doing the medical examinations for ESA generally aren't doctors at all. Mine was conducted by a nurse, who had never even heard of one of my illnesses. She argued that it was impossible for me to have brain damage from an underactive thyroid being undiagnosed for several years. I produced a letter from my neurologist which stated that I had brain damage from my underactive thyroid going undiagnosed for several years, and she completely discounted it because she had never heard of it! It meant that none of my problems related to the diagnosis were considered during my assessment.
  10. Isn't there a question on the form for your practitioner to answer, which asks if the patients condition would improve in the foreseeable future?
  11. I wonder if a sensory disability would be covered under the description... but I suspect not. Its also very strange because if you compare it to other Merlin attractions such as Sea Life and Chessington, they have a very disability-friendly attitude (they also don't offer a pay-for-shorter-queues service).
  12. Their justification is that they offer a wheelchair, they let you bring a carer in for free (I have a disabled annual pass which lets a carer in free to all attractions) and some of their rides have some seats at some points in the queue...
  13. Nystagmite - that is the whole policy, it seems. Only people who have autism or similar are given an exit pass. The only thing they offer someone with a physical disability is the "complementary" wheelchair.
  14. Exactly GBarbm - They keep telling me that this policy is "right" for people like me but it makes me feel awful. So how is it right for me?
  15. Thanks, I'll try writing a letter. When I've mentioned all of this to the customer service staff they tell me that the policy has been checked by several disability agencies and deemed a good one. I find that hard to believe because of the fact that it makes me feel so uncomfortable that I won't visit the park... and surely that's wrong?
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