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dc1960 last won the day on August 29 2014

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  1. Fludro, you are where I was almost exactly two years ago. I hope it won't sound crass to say the difference is that I hadn't committed fraud but the facts remained; following an IUC the DWP proceeded with criminal charges and I had to find a way to survive (which might sound dramatic to anyone who has never been through similar) the two year period from the initial IUC until just a couple of weeks ago when charges were dropped, just a few days prior to Magistrates Court, after my appeals were upheld in full at a tribunal in June. I won't bore you with the whole story, there's still a summary
  2. I would be very grateful if someone could provide clarification on this please; I *think* I know the answer, but not certain. My appeal was upheld at a tribunal in June of this year in relation to ESA benefit which had been suspended in December 2012. Shortly after the tribunal I had a letter to this effect from the DWP and I anticipated receipt of backdated benefit approximately 8 weeks from the tribunal hearing. What I had forgotten, of course, was that they would need to reassess my eligibility from January 2013, i.e. immediately following benefit suspension, and I duly received an ES
  3. (Just posted this on the wrong thread; duplicating it here) Received this morning the decision notices from the Tribunal and a letter from the DWP. Both of my appeals (‘living together’ and the subsequent large overpayment of ESA benefit) were allowed. The letter from the DWP relates the same, stating ‘no overpayment of benefit’. I should be delighted but don’t seem capable of feeling anything other than, perhaps, a rising sense of anger. Like most people, I’ve had some turbulent times in life but can safely say that the last two years since the initial interview under cau
  4. Received this morning the decision notices from the Tribunal and a letter from the DWP. Both of my appeals (‘living together’ and the subsequent large overpayment of ESA benefit) were allowed. The letter from the DWP relates the same, stating ‘no overpayment of benefit’. I should be delighted but don’t seem capable of feeling anything other than, perhaps, a rising sense of anger. Like most people, I’ve had some turbulent times in life but can safely say that the last two years since the initial interview under caution have been the worst, leaving me in a limbo of depression and const
  5. Thank you both for the replies. Bit frustrated with it at the moment - the tribunal judge said I would receive his decision, in writing, within 3 days of the hearing though his clerk stopped me on my way out and said it would be closer to a week; that was almost two weeks ago and I still have nothing. Having twice rung the tribunal service I was told that a decision was made on the day and I should have had the decision notices by now and said yesterday they would send further copies. It was mentioned that they informed the DWP electronically on the day of the hearing and it was actually th
  6. I wonder if anyone can help with a brief question please? I was due to appear in Magistrates Court next month on a benefit fraud charge. However, my appeals (both heard together in relation to a 'living together' decision and subsequent overpayment of ESA benefit) were heard almost two weeks ago by the tribunal and both have been allowed. Can anyone please tell me what happens now with the court case and/or is there anything I should be 'doing' ? I know it seems an inane question but after after nearly two years of this being ongoing I've not had the mental or emotional capacity
  7. Thought I'd come back and update this for the benefit of anyone reading who is in a similar situation. I can't believe it's almost a year since last posting here and two years since my initial interview under caution; if I've learned one thing, it's however long you imagine the process might be, you can comfortably double or treble it. The initial trial date of September 2013 was put back to April 2014 due to a court backlog. My tribunal appeal was running alongside this and that, too, became fraught with problems; postponements and not being able to find any kind of representation. My
  8. Delay tactics? I think so, though it is easy in this situation to become paranoid. Regardless, there is a lot of expert opinion in the field of welfare benefits rights workers and case law to suggest that in most circumstances an appeal should be heard by a tribunal prior to a court hearing. Can but try but running out of time somewhat.
  9. I'm sorry to read that. Obviously you won't want to go into detail here but I sincerely hope that whatever is holding you back changes soon for the better. My IUC was July 2012. Within recent months I received notice that a court date was set for late December. Given that the DWP lost my appeal papers (and then continued for some time to deny they'd ever received them) from early January of this year, an actual date for an appeal hearing was delayed. I asked for an expedited hearing, didn't get one, finally had notice from the tribunal service that my appeal was to be heard three days
  10. LifeisaMess, I'm sure you must have posted on here previously about winning your appeal - no idea how, but I obviously missed it. So very pleased and relieved for you. Hopefully, mine (and the related court case which looks like definitely going ahead due to long delays in the tribunal system) will be behind me sooner rather than later. I know what a big, black could you've been living under...so glad for you.
  11. Thank you both. I'm not coping very well with this. So frustrated with myself but having spent months and months thinking about nothing else and dealing with all it brings, I seem to have run out of mental energy just when I need it. I contacted my solicitor the day after receiving the court papers - he wasn't there, no call back. Just called again, not in the office again, I've requested an urgent call back. Having looked at the court papers again the case is scheduled for 9th September. It feels incredibly unfair and actually quite orchestrated by the DWP. I appealed their 'living tog
  12. My apologies, cat on keyboard and post 'sent' accidentally. To finish - is there any way I can request that my tribunal goes ahead before the court date. I cannot see this happening as the court date is only circa 6 weeks away and I am told that the tribunal service has a heavy backlog of cases. Many thanks.
  13. Things finally seem to be moving. A month ago I heard from the Tribunal service regarding my appeal; no date has yet been set. This morning I receive a large bundle of papers from the court - the DWP are trying for prosecution and a court date has been set for mid September. I know I have read information somewhere with regard to my question but cannot now find it so may I please ask - should be tribunal hearing go ahead prior to the court hearing? I'm sure I have read that this has been (and still is) a very contentious issue and is something that welfare rights workers/solicitors oft
  14. Hello, thanks for your reply. Brain's a mush... without saying too much, you "know I am near you" ? Sorry, utter paranoia creeping in I think. Really appreciate the info on Advice Works - however, I've Googled them + my general location and drew a blank? Are you able to give any more details please? My mental health, without wanting to go into detail, is poor in the extreme. The counsellor I was seeing felt that my current (well, it's just stopped) 'treatment' with him was inadequate; he drew a halt as a result and has referred me back, urgently, to the local mental health team a
  15. LifeIaAMess, sorry, I did see your message a while back but I've been trying to take a step back from thinking about this constantly, but thank you for asking. I'm still functioning on auto-pilot and, I suppose, not doing that great. It's taking its toll. I hope you're doing a bit better. I've finally received (yesterday) a bundle a evidence papers as it seems it's finally been referred to tribunal. I've yet to receive anything from the tribunal service itself. I'm wondering if anyone can please help with some advice on how I should format my appeal? I'm a bit overwhelmed by the hug
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