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  1. I do most of my Council stuff online via their web portal, also most of my GP stuff via (use to be EMS) https://www.patientaccess.com and book my next hospital app via their online bookings system so bonza! PIP appeals https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-online-service-launched-for-pip-appeals Check area availability as it doesn't cover all areas atm MoJ is also trying and failing atm to launch a PIP appeal via video link service. I've been having a few barnys with NHS services over disability accessibility/adaptation well lack of it. So think this is a good thing? ESA appeals on line https://www.gov.uk/appeal-benefit-decision/submit-appeal England and Wales only Upload your fit note https://www.gov.uk/send-fit-note I think one complaint for all is that is doesn't send you a copy of your submission but you should be copy n pasting to a word doc (or what ever you use) for your own records anyway. Imagine if the fully online Universal Credit service could do that? Well apparently it might do in 2020 (only 6/7/8 who knows years after launch) but you might at present be able to ask your work coach for a 'to do' whereby they can enable a one off upload function on your journal.
  2. Good morning, I have outstanding balance with EON for £624 and have done since 2016. I have always disputed this balance as it appeared far too high for 2 months bills where I was not living in the property due to renovations work. The last payment on the account was in September 2015. To cut a long story short, I was due to set up a payment plan with simply past due credit who put the account on hold after I questioned EON sharing 6 late payments on my account in 2016. EON refused to refuse the payment markers and I wrote to the past due credit in February 2018 again asking to set up a payment plan but received nothing back. Last week, out of the blue, I received a letter from EON requesting a the full balance by 31st January or a default would be put on my account or if I did pay monthly by arrangement, "we will share the information about the arrangement with the CRA". My credit files are squeaky clean and near maximum with both agencies apart from the one with Equifax which bizarrely after 2017 showed payments on my account to EON then last month it showed a late/missing payment in December 2018 despite no arrangement being in place. I want to pay the full balance but am worried about how negatively it will impact my credit history as I've heard that "settled" can be viewed very negatively - some also say that a payment arrangement can be almost as negative as a default! Could anybody kindly give me some advice please?
  3. Decree awarded in absence. I have been advised to recall decree using a reponing note. I am looking for advice or a template for this note as there is no standard form available from the scottish courts service
  4. hi. i had my esa assessment last Wednesday,and am waiting for the out come, but in the mean time my sick note as expired,should i see my doctor for another fit note to send, or will they just keep paying me the esa until they reach there decision.
  5. A week or so ago a regular contributor on here (Dodgeball) started a discussion thread on the subject of when a bailiff should legally be able to charge a 'Sale Fee' of £110. The importance of this subject prompted me to approach CIVEA (The Civil Enforcement Agency) and yesterday they provided me with a copy of their official Guidance Note on the subject. A copy of this should be featuring on their website this weekend. Dodgeball's important and interesting thread on this subject has run to 5 pages and with 100 replies, I thought that this Guidance would get better publicity if it was posted on a separate thread. The original discussion thread can be found under the following link: http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?453200-Removal-for-sale-fee-when-can-it-be-charged
  6. Hi everyone, I've been on ESA in the Support Group for the past 2 years and today i received a capability for work questionnaire through the most that has to be returned within a month. I am just wondering how long after you send the questionnaire back do you hear back from them with a possible face to face assessment date and do you still receive your normal payments while this process is going on?
  7. For the full story : - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-40069986
  8. Came home and found a folded bit of paper in my porch thought its another flyer but before consigning to bin unfolded it and it was a note headed HM Courts and Tribunals Service xxxx Combined Court The Bailiff needs to serve you some paperwork please call the Bailiff to arrange service Name.....xxxxxxxxx........... If this person no longer lives here please advise the Court immediately Case Numberxxxxxxxxxx Big letters URGENT CONTACT REQUIRED xxxxxxxxxx Court Bailiff The person named has never lived at my address and is not on electoral roll and I have never had any paperwork for that name When I rang Bailiff started that you need to prove they don't live here er no I don't did you do any checks i electoral roll er no so why are you leaving details about someone else at my address didn't seem to think there was anything wrong with doing this despite the guidelines Examples of unfair practices are as follows: acting in a way likely to be publicly embarrassing to the debtor either deliberately or through lack of care, e.g. by not putting correspondence in a sealed envelope and putting it through a letterbox, thereby running the risk that it could be read by third parties. not impressed
  9. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/police-warning-after-reports-of-fake-new-5-notes-in-circulation-a3514691.html Got that wrong then, didn't they ?
  10. Hi. A new sick note was due from 16th November, GP surgery said they couldn't/wouldn't issue one any earlier and to email them requesting a new one. The email was sent on 14th to request note from the 16th. Yesterday we were told 'it was still with the doctor for action' today we are now told the GP wants a telephone appointment before he can issue the sick note. The earliest one available is Tuesday 22nd so now way are the dwp esa going to get the sick note in time. The next esa payment would be due on 24th. Do we ring to ask them to keep claim open?...will they?.....any advice here welcome.
  11. Hi, on the 13th August I was referred to Ingeus by my JSA Advisor and told to expect a call off them. On the 15th August I had a severe epileptic seizure caused by stress and was given a sicknote for 12 weeks by my doctor. He thinks, due to me being severely depressed and prone to more seizures, that I should be on ESA. I closed my claim for JSA on the 17th and opened my claim for ESA on the same day. Later that day I had a letter from Ingeus telling me to attend on the 27th. There were no mentions of sanctions or anything like that, but it caused me to become very agitated. I called the number on the letter (their general enquiry number I think) and the man, without asking for any details, told me I still had to attend. Is this correct? My JSA claim is now closed and my ESA claim is being processed. I've never met nor spoken to Ingeus before, so do I still need to go? I'm very ill at the moment and this might make me worse I fear. Obviously in 13 weeks if they put me in WRAG, that's a different situation but right now I am very ill. Any info on this would be very very appreciated!
  12. There continues to be confusion about the charging of 'multiple fees' by bailiffs when enforcing more than one warrant (or Liability Order) at the same time. This confusion has lead CIVEA (Civil Enforcement Association) to seek legal opinion on the subject and as a result, they have issued the following Guidance to all their members. CIVEA Guidance Notes are designed to address issues which have arisen on the proper interpretation and implementation on a particular part of the regulations (in this case, 'multiple charging'). PS: CIVEA represent the interests of all private certificated enforcement agents in England and Wales. http://www.civea.co.uk/editorimages/Multiple%20Instructions.pdf
  13. (For someone else) I started claiming universal credit a few mnonths ago after being on JSA. The advisor do you have any health problems? I said yes (alcohol problem) so she asked me to put a sick note in and I handed it in (3 months ago) and I havnt heard anything back, any advice on where to go from here? Thanks
  14. Evening all, I was in a bad motorcycle acccident in April 2015, this kept my off my work, an oil Rig Worker offshore in Scotland/Aberdeen, due to mulitple broken bones etc. Come July my GP suggested i could return to work on an ammended duties note, basically so i could work in my employers yard doing 'light duties' untill i was fit to return offshore. My healing didnt go to plan, and after many visits to hospital and x-rays, the consultant doctor opted i would need more surgery. This lead to me being sign off unfit to work again in September. I had surgery in November, and remained absent from work until March 2016. During this time, in January 2016, my employer decided to start redundancies, paying off 30 guys. I was put at risk, even though i was still signed off, the process went into full swing, but near end of the period, i was informed un-offically that i was exempt to the redundancies process due to my ill health. Near the end of Febuary, literaly a few days after finding out my job was safe on the 26th of Feb, I was visiting my GP to get a new sick note. Once again my GP suggests returning to work on the 'ammended duties' Fit note starting March the 1st 2016! I agreed to this, as i would have lots of computer based competancy and safety courses that would of expired. Then as i am preparing for my return to work, spoke to my line manager and informed i would return Monday 29th Feb, my employer announces more redundancies. So once again i get the at risk letter. 43 people in total to go, 5 from my department of 38 people. So i am at work for the few weeks into March, on this 'ammended duties' Fit note from my GP, and i am informed that i am one of the 5 to be made redundant. The selection criteria my employer used is based partly on skills and reporting, also compliance to there safety and competancy computer based training certificates. The periods they looked at these is the whole of 2015 and Jan, Feb of 2016. So they cant possibly score me fairly on this selection criteria as i have not perfomed my usual job for a year due to ill health. I have not yet seen how they scored me, but my manager told me that they have tryed to score me fairly based on some averages. No idea yet what averages, but to me it seems like they have just fabricated a score for myself. Bearing in mind i am still not fit to return to my usualy job, i have follow up appointments in April to see my health, but i am in high spirits this would be a good visit. So am i being treated unfairly? Is my employer allowed to use this skills/reporting/compentancy matrix to get rid of me? Also not once during my return in July 2015, or March 2016 on the ammended duties note, did my employer send me to any occupational health assements, or review my working enviroment to make sure it was suitible. What would you do in my situation? What do i do about this? Any help, advice or similar stories would be greatly appriecated. Thanks Bob
  15. My employer is telling me I need to go to see the doctor (I agree due to stress related migraines). He is also saying I need to show them a note to say I am fit for work, as in his own words (in email), he doesn't feel I am fit to work. 1. Do doctors even issue a fit to work note after a couple of half day absences? 2. If my employer is telling me he thinks I am unfit to work, should I be going to work? (He thinks I should ) 3. Can my employer force me to present a fit to work note from my doctor? Thanks
  16. OK, I have phoned the DWP to put in my claim for ESA (on 11 February). I obtained a fit note from my GP for the period 11 February until 11 March. I sent the fit note to the DWP and received a text to confirm they had received it on 17 February at 17.54. However, today I received a letter in the post dated 17 February, stating I need to get a new fit note if I continue to wish to claim ESA, as the one I sent to them ran out on 18 February. This letter was sent second-class, so hardly much time for me to act upon the information - I only received it today! Anyway, I'm assuming this letter and their acting upon my GP's fit note crossed, so I don't need to do anything? Is this a standard letter that gets sent out by the DWP (I know that you can self-certify your condition for the first seven days of the claim). I think the letter is very badly worded as it suggests I have already sent them a fit note, even though they don't seem to have dealt with it until the end of the day on 17 February (and their letter was sent to me dated the same day). I tried phoning them this morning to clarify the situation, but there was an automated message saying they couldn't answer my call and to try later. Should I try phoning them again on Monday? Thanks
  17. I want to make clear I am NOT offering legal advice here - I wish to draw people's attention to an area of law that the general public are often not aware of - but the DVLA exploits this lack of knowledge to often bully people into submission for the vast majority of their fines. I have seen countless examples on here, and I myself have also been on the receiving end of it, and the routine typically goes - 1. DVLA threatens to prosecute driver for alleged offence (late licensing penalty, keeping an unregistered vehicle on the public road, various offences under VERA, etc.) 2. Initially they scare the person by claiming that they could be subject to all sorts of criminal penalties and maximum fines if found guilty 3. Then they offer some reduced out of court settlement offer that if you pay on time will let them agree to close the matter 4. Some people scared pay up immediately, others who begin by making their case only continue to be threatened and ultimately pay in order to avoid the fear of going to court In the vast majority of cases the result is the same - the driver gets fleeced by the DVLA. What I want to bring to your attention is that all offences DVLA can/threatens to prosecute people for in relation to vehicle registration are SUMMARY OFFENCES. Please do not be confused with motoring offences prosecuted by the police such as driving under the influence, failing to name a driver, etc. as these can be either way offences. SUMMARY OFFENCES Under Section 1 of the Magistrates' Court Act 1980 proceedings for a summary offence must be commenced within 6 months of the alleged offence being committed. In my case they contacted me last November threatening to prosecute me for an alleged VERA offence that took place in January (11 months prior). I told them that despite the fact that I protested my innocence they would not be able to prosecute me as they had not commenced proceedings within 6 months for this Summary offence, so I would not be entertaining their allegations. I continued to receive threats for a while but ultimately they shied away and said the case had been closed giving no reason - the reason was because they knew all along they were unable to prosecute me at that time and their threats were nothing more than hot air trying it on to try and extract some money from me. In a great number of cases I have seen people post on here the offence being alleged occurred much longer than 6 months ago and they are still playing ball with DVLA who are simply trying to get them to fork up for something they no longer have any authority to prosecute. LIMITATION PERIOD - 6 MONTH RULE I have to make it clear that if DVLA are contacting you within 6 months of the offence they are alleging then please do not misunderstand what I'm saying - DVLA can and do prosecute people where they are able to AND THE TIME LIMITS APPLY! If however you are like me and many others on the back end of DVLA's inefficient backlog, and they are contacting you about an allegation that occurred more than 6 months ago then keep in mind they are now statute barred from bringing any prosecution against you so their threats are effectively lies to get you to pay them as there is very little action they now have the ability to take against you. In this case, I would always simply tell them that I'm innocent however as the limitation period has now expired for them to commence proceedings against me I will take any further threats of prosecution in these circumstances to be false statements and I will not be entertaining this matter further.
  18. Hello. I am currently getting income based JSA for about 1 year now. I stay with my mum, But all of a sudden my mum is saying i need to pay £27 towards to rent as the council will only pay £109. So why now do i need to pay. I have a brother who gets ESA, and my mum gets income support. What are causing the housing benefit deduction, My brother only started claiming ESA this year in march, And all of a sudden the housing benefit is cut. So could someone help me because i am getting the impression the cut is because of me but i have been getting jsa for around a year and my mum has been getting full housing benefit since untill now.
  19. The foreign exchange said they wont take it as it is ripped and the only option is to exchange it when I go back to Canada. Never been to Canada, unlikely I will ever go. Anyway to exchange it in Britain? Thanks
  20. I was/is on SEETEC, but my doctor told them that I was travel sick, they've given me 3 sets of tablets to help me. I do 9-5 job search which is 5 days a week, Thursday and Friday I go to a city 45 minutes away via bus. They knew I was travel sick, but ignored the doctor's note, I wasn't well. On Monday I was ill and kept retching, I told the receptionist that I felt ill but had to wait for the manager. Well, she came back and told me I had to stay at tehe centre till 5pm, it was 12.30 and my stomach wa shurting and I felt sick. So I walked out and had a doctor's appt and he gave me the 7 day sick not which has ran out. Because I have now got the month long one I can sign off JSA and onto ESA.. I'll ring them on Monday, but I don't understand if I have to continue with the job search or ring SEETEC to tell them I won't be in. I will on Monday as they need a copy of my sick note. Can anyone help me? The doctor wrote down anxiety as cause for me being off sick. He also said this place is stressing me out and making me ill. I would gladly get myself a volunteering placement myself.
  21. Hi, I failed my WCA at ATOS and I am appealing. I saw a doctor at my surgery (not my regular one) yesterday to get a Fit Note as I have now had my ESA re-instated pending the appeal hearing. But, the Fit Note says I'm not fit for work because of the following conditions: Appealing WCA I went back to the doctors this morning as asked if it was correct to put: Appealing WCA as the reason I am unfit, and not Depression which is the real reason I cannot work, but the doctor said that's what they always put on Fit Notes when your appealing a WCA decision, is this right? It is also recorded as Appealing WCA on my medical notes which I have a copy of. My medical notes will be used as evidence in my ESA appealing hearing, as well as my PIP Appeal hearing. I'm concerned that this might negatively effect the outcome of both hearings. I'm I just worrying too much, or is this likely to be a problem?
  22. My current sick note runs out on Tuesday 17th which was signed from the doctor. I am right in thinking the DWP always give you a weeks grace and would therefore put expiry at 23rd. I am due at my local Job Centre on Monday 16th to see my ESA adviser. Do you think its wise to order a sick note on Thursday 12th to be able to take to the Job Centre on the 16th. I don't always have to see doctor to get note it can be signed then left at reception after a request has been made. Usually takes 24 hours. Or should I wait till I receive a letter saying my sick note is about to run out please return another sick note by the 23rd(more than likely date). I am due to get paid on the 17th and 31st March then on into April 14th. I may then be in the same dilemma next month as would run out on 12th or 18th to DWP in April if give 7 days grace. My doctor gave me a note for a month last time and did say on the note he would not require to see me to issue the next one or however it explains it on the note.
  23. Hello I have a fit note expiring soon and an ESA payment due a few days afterwards. I'm going to be caught on the hop as: (a) problematic getting a GP appointment around the right time (b) getting it to DWP quickly and actioned in time for my next payment. © worried claim might get closed if fit note gets misplaced! Meanwhile my positive tribunal decision is caught-up in an uncertain back-log.
  24. I have just had a return to work interview where I was off sick for 9 days in total. I have been told by my manager that due to company procedure that due to me being off sick on more than 3 occasions in a 12 month period they will not be paying me the days I was off sick. Their company procedure states that: "The Company reserves the right to limit the number of absences in any 12 month rolling period to a total of 3 periods of absence. At this time the Company will review the application of the sickness scheme and reserves the right to withdraw the entitlement to OSP at any time" I had followed procedure and had contacted them keeping them updated of my illness and I went to the doctor on the 3rd day of me being off sick and I have a doctors note for the period I was off apart from the 1st 2 days. My question is, where do I stand, are they allowed to not pay me anything? What do I do now?
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