Well as above I too have just had the pooh scared out of me.. I called my neighbor who helps out and asked him wtf as I have a broken spine. All medical proof and something you cant fake! Anyway I thought what is going on here when I read the letter saying "we have recently recieved information which casts some doubt on your continuing entitlement to DLA" Then of course it goes on by saying they wont tell you what or who it came from because of the section 30 freedom of information act.
I just cant believe this.. I am scared out of my head.. and I phoned the guy up and he just said fill in the form.. no "customer care" so to speak.. and very grey on the phone.. I googled this and lucklily found that I am not the only one in this boat.. which makes me think its just a review and they really need to work on there wording!
John, please download the full repot from here and tell us about the new anti-fraud initiatives and anything you know about the new Benefit Intergrity Centres. I have had a letter from one and I am worried by the report mentioning that they will be contactng those deemed at high risk of fraud. How doe th BIC's relate to the rest of the set up? What information do they share, and is a Benefits Integity Centre the place that opeates the national fraud snitch line?
Fear of the new and unknown...
I to have recently recieved one of these letters , and have completed and returned it. However i am a war veteran with arthritis on knees and spine along with prolapsed disc, I also suffer from ptsd and boy has this letter kicked that of big style, if this is just a way of reviewing claims then the sick so and so who drafted this form needs to send out written apology's to all concerned..
I completly agree, I have filled in the form, due to be sent off. but decided to give them as much if not more information than they can handle.. a medical report ad ltr from my GP. letters supporting my claim from friends, news papper articals where I have been featured in as a avocate for disabled people. I would love to see what type of reply I get.
I have never suffered from stress or depression although I think I am starting to feel it... I really do feel ill!!!!! this whole process has caused me to go through a rollercoaster of emotions.
I will keep writing and let everyone know what has happened..not just drop off the face of the earth so to speak.
I have had a reply asking for my address and details.. looks like they will have a look at least and are not just flobbing me off. Considering I have been on the BBC and in local news papers with a "obvious" disability I think my MP Mr Davis might look upon this as serious.. I am hopefull to say the least.
Organisers of an online campaign to raise awareness of the importance of disability living allowance (DLA) in the face of government cuts and reforms say they are “overwhelmed” by its success.
The One Month Before Heartbreak< “blogswarm” encouraged people to post blogs about disability over the three days from 14 January – one month before the end of the government’s consultation on its DLA reforms, on Valentine’s Day.
More than 170 blogs have been posted and read by thousands of people, although the final figures have not yet been compiled.
Kaliya Franklin, who blogs under the name Bendy Girl and helped run One Month Before Heartbreak, said: “What we are doing is reaching people who wouldn’t traditionally have engaged with disability rights, people who would not have seen themselves as disabled because they are ill.”
The posts will be used to inform an official response to the consultation, being put together by disabled campaigners from The Broken of Britain< blog.
One blogger, ‘Jimboeth’, wrote: “DLA is not allowing anyone an outlandish lifestyle (unlike say, bankers’ bonuses). It merely allows a small number of people in this country a life. It allows them to live. That’s what the ‘L’ in DLA stands for. Living. As in ‘not dying’.”
‘Latentexistence’ wrote: “Disabled people were treated badly enough by the previous government. The actions of this one in cutting benefits and making the criteria even stricter are despicable.”
Tim Rushby-Smith wrote: “It’s easy to shout loudly about benefit fraud and the ‘Nanny State’, but a small amount of scrutiny soon reveals that the majority of those affected by the cuts will be people who depend on relatively modest state support to allow them a reasonable quality of life.”
And Sue Marsh posted about “the culture of fear” created around so-called “benefits cheats” and her right to take advantage of the rare moments when she is well enough to dance, play with her children, or take a motorbike ride with her husband.
Franklin said she was “overwhelmed by how well it went”, with almost 20,000 blog pages viewed so far, and this number rising all the time.
She said: “I don’t believe the British public want this at all. They believe that people in need will be protected.
“David Cameron should look at this and hang his head in shame. The way the students are personally angry with Nick Clegg, disabled people are angry with David Cameron.
“Disability is like an international family, it links us. Ivan (Cameron’s disabled son, who died two years ago) was very much part of that family, and there is personal betrayal felt by disabled people of all kinds of political allegiance – we all had a degree of trust in David Cameron because he was Ivan’s dad.”
I will happily scan this if you want to see but in short it states that he is unhappy with the situtation and will approach the mp in parliment who deals with dla issues... and ensures me he will reply personally again once he has a answer as to why so many people are being sent this form.. And also the wording.
Been asked to go for a medical after sending in dla80 form with hospital letter and doctors comments. has anyone been on medical?
hi there....my partner has had fybromyalgia for many years....for some time it was with a carers allowance and then that was reviewed and althought it was still deemed serious enough for the higher rate of dla in mobility we lost the middle rate part and so now get low rate care. today my partner received a letter casting doubt on his eligibility to claim and saying that info had been received. It's very frightening and as my partners disability sometimes doesn't always manifest itself as always physical we are wondering whether this has been seen and reported...however, having read many other posting on this ...I guess it makes everyone paranoid and nervous....
My partner has bad depression and this has pretty much plunged him into a spiral of dispair ...to be frank i am worried for his mental health. last year he tried to start work through the shaw trust but unfortunately due to his condition has been unable to carry on and so this week we were about to contact them and tell them that he was not going to carry on.....could this be a reason for the lettter / Also last year, we had a review and all seemed fine although we mentioned that we felt it was wrong that the carers component had been taken away given the high rate mobility....the woman reviewing it said that we would be contacted at some point maybe jan 2011 so could this be something to do with it ?she seemed completely satisfied and it was several months ago.
So many questions and I don't know whether by filling out the form we are potentailly setting ourselves up for a fall. My partner has for example been over stretching himself physically even though he really shouldn't and this causes him so much pain and tiredness it hasn't been worth it....by us saying no he can't do this, do that etc....supposing they have seen him trying to do certain things which he shouldn't be able to do....it's not that he can do these things without pain, discomfort, tiredness etc ...it's that through the shaw trust he has tried to do things and has suffered for it thus why he is stopping the process....any ideas ?
I recieved a letter on sat saying that they are sending one of there health care professionals around to visit but I will hear from them soon.
typical when I googled it I found that this seems to be the case where they try to over rule your doctor/consultants decision..
hopefully its not all doom and gloom but will keep you posted.
this is one situation that is a nightmere if you ask me.
I am trying to get someone around... but its not as easy as I would have hoped.. just got a letter to say that this doctor is only going to ask a few questions and do a physical.
yes a doctor.
now how can they argue with a MRI?? this gets worst by the minute... anyway I swear I have had symptoms of a MI (heart attack) but its really just anxiety..
I dont suffer from that.
anyway will ask a friend to be present. although its kinda embarrassing.. I had being called disabled.. I feel embarressed enough.. and I would trade places with anyone in a heart beat if it meant I could go back to work as a paramedic...
life is life... will just have to see what happens.
Can I suggest you also contact your local social services and request a community care assessment; this will look at the day to day support and your personnel needs, also refer you to other agencies that can help, additionally obtain medical information to help support you and your needs.
Local Authority criteria is set by using the Dept. of Health F.A.C.T. system of critical/substantial/moderate and low and within their response this should be advised to you.
They should also be able to refer you to a local benefits advisor, OT and more, importantly I hope, support you with your DLA claim and supportive evidence.
what is ATOS medical assesment? As my husband has a degenerative illness and they have not contacted our GP, but are sending out a Doctor from their health service on Sunday.
I too have received the "Review" form. I received it in Decmber, then in the middle of January recieved a letter saying they didn't have enough info and that they would contact my GP. My GP then contacted me for an appointment to discuss the form she had received. That was returned and then I received a letter to say the info wasn't conclusive and that I would be contacted by Medical services for an appointment. I have been today for my medical assesment and to be honest I can't see what they will have learnt different to whats on my forms/medicals/GP notes. Any way lets see what happens next. I don't know what else they can require!!!
well in less than a couple of hours I will have the assessment. I have taken advice and have a avacote with me. I have proof of everything and the support behind my Doctor. He advised me that should this assessing doctor have any questions to please call.
I must try to remember to be polite... as I am still very upset that they havnt even looked at my medical records to show I can not fake or scam this condition. However this visiting doctor cant be held responsible for the goverments lack of investigating... it would have saved them alot of money.. but no.. they want to throw it away...
anyway will post again after the assessment and let you know how I feel its gone.. then the agony of waiting.
Doctor arrived today to do the medical assessment. and thankfully but not if you know what I mean.. I had a full on spasm and couldnt control my lower limbs... the doctor was actually worried and seemed concerned...
anyway the medical went ok I think.. and well there is no telling... I have to wait and see what happens.
will keep you posted as I stated before.
I posted #14 above and have an update.
I had a phone call from a disability specialist working for ATOS who organised a home visit to assess me. I Googled his c.v and discovered him to be a part-time GP, part-time medical school lecturer, part-time occupational physician for the local health board AND a part-time ATOS medical assessor.
He had a form to fill in, asked me how I lived, did I walk anywhere, which shops did I go to, did I have a garden to look after and what support I had. I broke down as I spoke of my anxiety and depression and my ASD and let him know how that affected me. He didn't even bother to medically examine me and that is my main qualifying reason for being in receipt of DLA !
That was one month ago now and just yesterday I received a letter form 'The Right Payment Department' DLA Blackpool advising me I was being paid correctly so nothing would change. Great news apart from the fact my award was due to expire this December.......so as it takes them 3 months to review/process an application I will have to undergo even more of this stress in a couple of months time.
Anyway, to all others please don't worry I think they are just out to see who amongst us are genuine claimants.
i received a dla80 form today asking for additional information to determine if i am getting the correct rate of dla but am worried that i may have been shopped by my neighbour as we are at logger heads with them.i spoke to a dla advisor over the phone and was told its just a review of my circumstances could you please advise me if thats all it is as im going out my mind with worry.i suffer from degenative disc disease of the lower spine and have been on dla for just over 2 years i have it until 2013 before im supposed to reapply just need my mind put at rest many thanks
Hi I received the same form and it said we have received information that casts doubt on your husbands claim, I phoned them and was told that the letter we had received sounded suspicious and that there was nothing on there computer, I wrote to DLA and was phoned by them I then found out that the people who answer the phones do not have the information on there computers regarding vindictive calls etc and that I had to fill in the form, which I did.
Four weeks later I received a letter stating that they were sending out one of there health care representatives to give my husband a medical on the Sunday, Three weeks later I have received a letter stating that they have awarded my husband High rate Mobility for indefinate period as he is virtually unable to walk (same as he had before except it was for life) and Low Rate Care for indefinate period as he only needs help to cook a meal for 1 ( he did get Middle Care for Life).
I have phoned the DLA and been advised to ask them for a Reconsideration as I feel there decision is wrong! My husband has Osteo Arthritis throughout his entire body the consultant he saw last told me that his condition would never get ant better but would get worse and the only thing that could be offered is pain management, I was also told that as his pain increased his Mental Health would get worse, it has he has tried several times to commit suicide, has outbursts of temper for no reason, he cannot move without help, he has been getting DLA rates above since 1999 since he set fire to himself, and yet now he no longer needs the ammount of care he was getting according to some person that knows absolutely nothing about his conditions as they are not medically minded!
I am now waiting for DLA to send out a copy of the report they have received from there Health Care rep, once I have that I will then write to DLA telling them why I disagree with there decision.
I will keep you informed