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About SquishySummer

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  1. Ok, so I have received my over payment amounts. In total, it is £3088.47, this is so much less than what I originally thought it was going to be! Can I assume this will not get me a 24 week prison sentence??
  2. I went for an IUC 2 weeks ago, They wrote why I was being called on the letter they sent. When I got there, they put the recorder on and told me exactly what it was about and then told me I had the opportunity at that point to end the interview and seek legal advice if I wanted to. I chose not too, and continued with the interview. So, if your friend doesn't take a legal rep hey may be able to stop the interview once he finds out what it is about and seek legal advice, if he thinks he needs it. Be warned though I am still seeking legal advice and its been 2 weeks!! Good luck
  3. That is your opinion and you are entitled to it...I'm not arguing with you.
  4. Ok, you are right. I cannot label you all the same. And yes, all my experience is with call centre staff, I just find it hard to believe. Never mind. Yes, I have looked at my figures again & taking off underlying entitlement using the HB online calculator. HB would only be £480 (give or take a few £) And Esa would be nearer the £4000 mark. Which I am aware is still over the prosecution limit. And I have gone through everything, and spotted my mistakes. On my phone bill for May '14 I made a phone call to HMRC (on the day my husband started working) the phone call was 42 min
  5. Yes, because you can't make a sweeping generalisation. Because of the different benefits and reasons. You most certainly cannot label a sick person with the same brush as a JSA claimant who refuses to get off their ass and work (this is a minority of JSA claiments) At DWP call centres, you all have the same info & rules. Some just decide to read off or deliver information very rudely. I have never had the pleasure of speaking to someone from a dwp call centre who has been polite and kind, such as yourself. And until I am actually proved wrong, this is my opinion. I am very polit
  6. Well, I can say, In the years I have dealt with the DWP the two ladies I met yesterday were the only ones I can say were nice. That's it. Now I speak to lots of people from the DWP, mostly Via phone. Over the 8 years I have had a claim with them..I would say I have spoken to, at the very least 100 people and out of all the 100 people 2 were nice. I have been called a liar. I have had one woman say, and I quote "If you just got over your illness, you wouldn't have to keep ringing, as you wouldn't need to claim" - And because I got angry with her and swore out of frustration, I got sent
  7. I am not sure, The woman I spoke to today seemed to think my calculations were too high and It would be worked out on a number of things, so I am hoping she is right!
  8. Not, even slighly harsh, not one bit! Yep! its has been all over the TV. That one poor bloke who had a heart problem was told he couldn't claim, after his medical, and so he got a job, 2 weeks later he died of a heart attack! Do NOT get me started on the points system when going for a medical exam...That, all by its self is just absolutely shocking!- I got 0 points 2 weeks after a unsuccessful kidney transplant- because I could raise my arms whilst sitting down. Never mind the fact that I couldn't walk & had to be taken to the interview 2 weeks after my transplant, because they r
  9. Ok, I found this on Gov.uk D1009 When information affecting entitlement to UC, JSA or ESA is identified, the DM must take the following action 1. except where D1036 applies, give a new entitlement decision by revising or superseding all relevant awarding decisions and 2. determine the period of the resulting overpayment and 3. calculate the total overpayment, that is, the difference between the amount to which there is entitlement or which is properly payable and the amount which has been paid and 4. where appropriate, offset the benefit paid against the ne
  10. It really wasn't that bad, and the two women who interviewed me were nice. Do the DWP not do 'underlying entitlement'? I mean I wasn't entitled to ESA but I would have been entitled to WTC. It's done now, and I really thought my anxiety would go, but I am now worried about what the outcome will be, and the wait is even longer. This really sucks. Thank you all for your help
  11. Well, I went. It lasted about 40 mins, all they had on me where statements from my husbands last employers. It wasn't pleasant, but it had to be done. I can see now that I was mostly in the wrong, but I still don't understand it fully. Now, I have to wait for a letter telling me how much the over payment is..Can anyone tell me how this is worked out, do they offset it to what you would have been entitled too, or just add it up and throw it at you? I have just been going through all my bank statements & Added everything up, using the info they gave me..and here is what I have;
  12. Ok, I am going today at 1.. I have no one going with me, I am not prepared. I just need to get this dealt with. I cannot sit with this over my head. My anxiety levels and stress levels are ridiculous, I can't eat, sleep, and am failing to function properly. I don't want to go outside because i fear here is someone watching me. There is NO way I can cope for another 7 days.... The woman who is interviewing me seemed really nice over the phone, I hope she continues to be nice when I get there..... I will update when I get back. Just in case someone is facing the same as me. This is how
  13. I did not inform the DWP until October, so I was claiming ESA while my husband was working from May- October. I didn't contact the DWP when I got the back dated tax credits, I have been very stupid and assumed that it would all sort its self out- as it did before. I cannot afford a lawyer, so this is not an option.
  14. You can ring DWP, I got a letter on the 28th Of April, stating my tribunal was cancelled & the DWP had to reinstate my benefit & pay any monies owed, I rang the dwp that day & the money, all of it, was in my account by the 6th May.
  15. Thank you, Bazooka! I know how you feel, I fought them for ages, trying to prove how ill I was, it took 2 years to finally win my appeal, and in the end I wasn't even given the pleasure of even going to a tribunal as the Judge/ decision maker didn't even understand why it had got that far. In a way I feel like they are punishing me because I 'won' and they had to pay me A LOT of money. I have no one to go with me, and from what I have read, for all the help it would be It wouldn't help me any more than taking my dog. They will not let me take my husband, as he may have to be questio
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