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  1. I had my PIP assessment in July 2018 and was award 0 points across the board. Fast forward to my tribunal on Tuesday. I was able to submit all my medical evidence, present my version of the assessment, and today received the decision to award me standard rate of living and mobility for 4 years from the original decision. I missed the top rate living by 4 points, mobility by 2 points. I now have, as I see it, 2 options: appeal the tribunal decision, or refuse the decision altogether, and reapply immediately. But is there a third option? The reaso
  2. Yeah I've since come across others who have had the same issue. Interesting as well that the text came from Royal Mail with no associated phone number.
  3. I got a text message from Royal Mail last Thursday to say they would be delivering a package to me that day. I was out with my wife all day, and got another message later that day to say the package had been delivered to me or a "neighbour". When we arrived home, no card had been left by RM, so my wife checked with all our neighbours to se who it had been left with. But it hadn't been left with any of them. The text message also had a tracking number, and when I checked the RM tracking site it just said "The system is currently unable to confirm the status of your item with referen
  4. Just a quick update to close the topic. I submitted the a for a statutory reconsideration, as advised. And a couple of days ago I received a letter saying I would no longer be required to repay the amount overpaid "due to a change in circumstances". The letter doesn't say what the change in my circumstances is. So its a win on that front. However, it is pathetic that they can't, or aren't allowed to, admit they were responsible for the events which led to the overpayment in the first place. Many thanks to everyone who responded to the original post.
  5. I told the guy I was speaking to that I would have had no problem with the overpayment, only the original letter was worded in such a way that I was the one who had caused it by not supplying the information. If they apologised and said that it had happened due to an error on their behalf that would have been fine. And I would have had no problem discussing a payment reschedule. But again, that was imposed on me on their terms, and without waiting to see if the reconsideration was successful. Riding roughshod over the vulnerable in society as usual.
  6. I got a letter a few weeks ago to say I have been overpaid ESA by £68 and that it had to be repaid. The letter stated that this was due to a change in my occupational pension in April last year, which they weren't made aware of until September last year. That all sounds pretty reasonable. Until you know the full story. So I was pensioned off from my job in the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) due to ill health (life changing injuries in a motorcycle accident to be precise) and I get a monthly pension from the NICS. If a payrise is given to staff at my grade, my pension increas
  7. Thanks guys. Yeah it is cdw and sli. But Alamo themselves state that these are not compulsary and that it is fine with the basic insurance. But I've been recommended to check out a company called questor. I've got a quote for annual full insurance, including cdw an sli, for 2 drivers, for £52-odds. So I'm gonna go with that to be safe.
  8. I'm not sure if this should be in here. If not feel free to move it to its proper home. Okay, so we're going on holiday to the US in a couple of months, flying with Virgin Holidays. We've also hired a car for the duration of the holiday. I was on with Virgin yesterday about airport assistance and the rep I spoke to told me that the car hire doesn't include insurance, and if I can't show the hire company, Alamo, that I have valid insurance then they will charge me for it when I get there. I see there are companies here which provide international car hire insurance for a
  9. And thank you for all your advice. I wouldn't have known even how to begin the negotiations without it.
  10. Okay so this is what is happening - I spoke to CDA. They were shocked that the repair should've failed so soon. They said that normally they would repair the fridge again foc. However, once the gas leaks for a second time (it is the gas leaking which causes the compressor to burn out) it cannot be regassed again. Not good. However, and this was very unexpected, we were offered a brand new f/f, the newer model of the broken one, with a discount of almost £600 (£799 as opposed to around £1380), with free delivery. This also covers the loss of the food. After checking other brands wit
  11. Yeah it was CDA (the manufacturer) themselves who did the repair and a new part (compressor not inverter as I previously said), was fitted. That was in July last year.
  12. Sorry its a CDA fridge freezer. I don't know where I got TCL from. The f/f was left in our house by the previous owner. It was less than a year old when it broke down the first time and CDA wouldn't transfer the warranty, so we had to pay for the repair. The retail price was almost £1500 going by internet prices last year but I don't know where it was bought from. I've no way of contacting the previous owner. Ironically, the engineer who repaired it last year said that the inverters are notorious for lasting less than a year. But we don't have the money to buy a new, mo
  13. We had to have our TCL fridge freezer repaired less than a year ago when the freezer inverter stopped working. It was out of warranty and we had to pay £300 + vat for the repair. Now the same thing has happened again. An entire freezer full of food is ruined now. Is the manufacturer liable for the repair this time, and can we insist on compensation for the loss of food?
  14. I had a (private) podiatry consultation yesterday. I was told I have arthritis in both feet and will need a set of "Richie braces", which cost 2 fortunes, regular hydrocortisone injections in the bone joints of both feet, and most likely surgery to remove excess bone growth, which will leave me in plaster for around 3 months and could result in me permanently suffering more pain as a result. What I find strange is that my assessor never picked up on any sort of issues with my mobility.
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