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  1. Hi, Thank you for your replies. Benefits for 2020-2021 was £130.65 per week, I received a letter this year in March 2021 for the same amount. Then I received another letter in April 2021 for a reduced amount of £114.10 per week, £16.55 less than the previous year. I’m in Support Group, components I have requested Job Centre Plus for a mandatory reconsideration, it’s been six weeks and I haven’t had any reply from Job Centre Plus The letter was sent by registered delivery Can you please check if I’m getting the correct amount of benefit? I don’t know why it has been reduced from the last year My circumstances haven’t changed since last year. I used to get letters from Department of Work and Pension regarding the benefit and now I am getting letters from Job Centre Plus, have the rules changed? I appreciate any advice. Thank you.
  2. Hello, I hope someone can help me. I have been on Contribution-Based ESA for a long time, in the support group. I had 2 letters from Job Centre Plus. One in March 2021 which shows the correct amount of benefit I should be receiving (£131 a week) In April I received another letter, the benefit was reduced to £113 a week. I have disputed this amount as my circumstances haven't changed. I telephoned Job Centre Plus last week to find out why it's been reduced. I was told two things; 1) They have sent me out a form to fill. I never received the form. 2) When my partner received permanent stay in the UK, I haven't notified them. My partner came to the UK 11 years ago, I telephoned DWP and told them my circumstances have changed (My partner is living with me) they sent me out a form to fill. In the form I stated in that form that I do not wish to claim any benefits for my partner. I had a few more forms sent to me later on in the years, which I filled out my partners details and stated that I do not wish to claim any benefits for my partner. I had a telephone call from Job Centre Plus late last year, asking me why I'm not claiming for my partner. I said she is looking for work and I don't want to claim for her. He said he wants me to close the claim and claim universal credit with my partner. I declined. I feel Job Centre Plus are trying to force me onto universal credit and cutting my benefit. Job Centre Plus are doing this just to keep their books in order and move me onto universal credit which I understand is a different department. I will be asking for reconsideration for this decision, and wait for what Job Centre have to say as I have had nothing in writing stating why my benefit has been reduced. I appreciate any help and advice. Please note my son is typing for me, so there may be a delay in replies. Thanks.
  3. Benefits errors trigger £5,000 refunds for ESA claimants https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45892109#
  4. A distressed daughter presented her mother’s ashes as evidence to a doctor who was sent round by benefits inspectors to assess if the dead woman was fit to work. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/daughter-mothers-ashes-benefits-inspector-fit-to-work-proof-hatti-louise-broxton-wolverhampton-a8264636.html
  5. Thousands of sick and disabled had benefits underpaid Around 45,000 sick and disabled people may be entitled to around £2,500 each but a small number of people could be owed £20,000. https://news.sky.com/story/thousands-of-sick-and-disabled-had-benefits-underpaid-11298559
  6. Disability benefit claimants believe assessors deliberately tell lies about them https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/disability-benefit-claimants-believe-assessors-14284994
  7. Every person receiving Personal Independence Payments (PIP) will have their claim reviewed, the Department for Work and Pensions has said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42862904
  8. Ministers back down in legal battle over disability benefits http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42745616#
  9. 'Selling everything' because of universal credit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-41590794/selling-everything-because-of-universal-credit
  10. Hi everyone, Just an update I've been to the tribunal last week and my appeal was allowed. The tribunal transferred me back to the support component and recommended the department does not reassess me within 24 months. I hope the government do something to sort this problem out and not waste taxpayers money. Thanks to everyone who helped me.
  11. Punished for being ill: ‘Benefit changes made my illness much worse’ Read more at: http://www.lep.co.uk/news/health/punished-for-being-ill-benefit-changes-made-my-illness-much-worse-1-8752619
  12. "Barbaric" 50-page PIP benefits application was reason disabled woman took her own life, claims sister http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/barbaric-50-page-pip-benefits-10403682
  13. Disability benefits: PIPs assessment firms 'to get extra £200m' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39599331#
  14. DWP asked disability benefit claimant why she had not killed herself http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dwp-benefit-sanctions-mental-health-suicide-killer-herself-assessments-pip-a7682991.html
  15. Spending freeze to cut extra £4bn from benefits as raft of new benefit cuts kick in http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefit-freeze-cuts-austerity-measures-welfare-state-inflation-a7661196.html
  16. Hi all, I had a letter from tribunal to inform me that they have received my appeal form. How long will it take for the hearing date? I hope I am successful, if not whats the procedure for upper tribunal? Thanks.
  17. http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/HMCTS/GetForm.do?court_forms_id=3038
  18. Any advice how to fill SSCS1 Form section 5 grounds for appeal?
  19. reallymadwoman Thank you for your reply. I checked that link, 5 paragraphs applies to me number 8, 11, 12, 13 and 14. I'm filling in the SSCS1 form, in section 5 grounds for appeal, do I just put those 5 paragraphs? Thanks.
  20. Which form is this, what will be on this form and how do i request this form? Thanks.
  21. Thanks for your replies I just googled and it says you need 15 points to be placed in support group. Do you think DWP made some sort of mistake? If I was given 18 points by them, surely I should be in support group.
  22. Yes that's what I'm thinking, I have 18 points according to the letter, I was placed from Support Group to Work Related Activity Group, and I am appealing to stay in Support Group. So you think the 18 points is enough to place me in the Support Group? and why are they saying in the letter that they are unable to change their decision?
  23. No I don't have any notes from Atos/Maximus, I only have mandatory reconsideration notes. Could you please answer my above question about the points? Is it possible to request from DWP for Atos/Maximus notes now? I only have one month to send the appeal in.
  24. Honeybee thank you for your reply. I am finding it difficult to do an appeal form, I will try to find someone who can help me with this form. Just don't know how to start. I hope someone will give me a rough idea, what to put in grounds to appeal? Just reading mandatory reconsideration notice, it says, quote "You were awarded 6 points for the activity initiating personal actions. 6 points for the activity for going out. and 6 points for the activity coping with social situations." How many points does that give me, doesn't that take me over 15 points?
  25. Speedfreek Thank you for your reply. My problem is, i'm not very good at writing letters, filling forms and explaining things in writing. My son is typing but he only types what I tell him. I will do my best to put my case forward and I will ask my doctor for another letter, problem is doctors only write basic letters they don't go in full details. Last time I was in a similar situation about 3 years ago, I took a basic letter to the tribunal, and the appeal was in my favour. I been long term ill suffering from depression, anxiety, diabetic, high blood pressure, neck pain, arthritis, liver issues etc. My condition slowly has been worsening in the past years, I believe DWP are treating me and others with ill health unfair. I went to the assessment, I was given only 2 weeks notice, the assessment was nearly 3 hours and i was in the centre for nearly 4 hours, there were 2 ladies in the assessment room one was typing, the other one was sitting on a chair taking notes, the one on the computer kept asking me questions sometimes the same questions after a bit, i was so tired and mentally unstable and could not answer questions correctly. I broke down during the interview, and had to go to the toilet and come back and carry on with the interview. I believe the system is unfair to disabled and sick people. No matter how much evidence you take, they make their own rules. I would like everyones help on this forum to put a strong case to the tribunal so that the appeal is in my favour. I have been going to citizens advice bureau, they shut their doors early because of work overload.
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