Petition to recognise Fibromyalgia as a disability

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Petition to recognise Fibromyalgia as a disability

Postby Deep pain » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:23 pm

Hello all,

Please sign the petition which will go to parliament to get fibromyalgia recognised as a disability as is the case in USA, Australia and NI.

Thanks

https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament- ... m=copylink
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Re: Petition to recognise Fibromyalgia as a disability

Postby perseus » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:40 pm

Signed!
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Re: Petition to recognise Fibromyalgia as a disability

Postby Deep pain » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:42 pm

Thank you
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Re: Petition to recognise Fibromyalgia as a disability

Postby Deep pain » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:09 am

Please can as many people as possible sign the petition. The target is 75k and we are currently at 68k, so please please get as many as friends and family as possible to fight our cause.

The team who have been actively working on this, plan to discuss this in parliament in the New Year.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Petition to recognise Fibromyalgia as a disability

Postby Deep pain » Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:44 pm

I believe it's classed more of an impairment than a disability, whereas in Australia, America and NI it's actually classed as a Disability.

The petition organiser has received confirmation from the DWP regarding this and is working closely with her MP to get this rectified.
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Re: Petition to recognise Fibromyalgia as a disability

Postby SchroedingersCat » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:51 pm

Weird. It has been accepted as a disability by all my employers since diagnosis in 2012. I'm pretty sure there's some DWP guidance about disability for benefits advisors that specifically mentions FM as a disability, but I can't find the link any more.
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Re: Petition to recognise Fibromyalgia as a disability

Postby Deep pain » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:50 pm

I believe that the petition will be taken to parliament on 31st January 2018.

Please encourage as many people as possible to sign the petition. This will surely help to raise our cause and get fibromyalgia recognised just like other disabities.

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Re: Petition to recognise Fibromyalgia as a disability

Postby perseus » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:14 am

SchroedingersCat wrote:Weird. It has been accepted as a disability by all my employers since diagnosis in 2012. I'm pretty sure there's some DWP guidance about disability for benefits advisors that specifically mentions FM as a disability, but I can't find the link any more.


Any of these? Some are quite old now.

DWP recognises Fibro
https://healthunlocked.com/fibromyalgia ... ises-fibro

Personal Independence Payment
http://www.myfibromyalgia.co.uk/benefit ... e-payment/

Fibromyalgia - Guidelines for the Disability Analyst
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ ... es_for_the
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Re: Petition to recognise Fibromyalgia as a disability

Postby Deep pain » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:50 pm

Thanks for posting the links. I'm not sure how useful these are too people, fortunately I am still currently in employment so haven't had to go down that route as yet. Although it's getting harder to carry out my duties with my existing symptoms and side effects from the medication so I'm not sure how long I can continue to work.

I do know that a number of people have really struggled to get PIP with fibromyalgia and hence the petition to parliament in January.

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