It comes in threes

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It comes in threes

Postby lolabolla » Thu May 10, 2012 9:12 am

So post arrived yesterday, one letter from DWP to say that I have been awarded Contribution based ESA basic rate £71 a week. That was pretty quick as I only posted the application form last Monday 30th April.

Second envelope letter from Atos and enclosed ESA50 :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes:

Appointment with union and regional manager at 2.30, at 3.30 I am officialy given notice, Level 1 ill health retirement and lump sum will be paid into my bank within the week. I am going for appeal though my union rep doesn't hold out much hope that I will be awarded level 2 with immediate pension......bagger!

So here I am, feeling pretty numb to be honest. I knew it was coming but I did not expect all 3 to turn up on the same day!!! :(

Having my last hydrotherapy at the hospital today, going to have a lazy day after that and then maybe tomorrow I just might take a look at the dreaded ESA50..........OMG

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Re: It comes in threes

Postby fibro-lu » Thu May 10, 2012 11:30 am

Hi Lola,

my contribution ESA award was very quick too
followed by the ATOS medical form, haven't done that yet, will start draft later

when you appeal the tier 1, there is nothing to loose, is there?
don't know, but think the next meeting for me with HR will bring me up to date with you

I too wil appeal

hope you don't feel too depressed after yesterday
chin up, treat yourself well
and keep on fighting,
tier 1 is the cheapest option for the employer, but not good nor right for us

I will try to high light my past medical details to show that
a) I am going down steadily
b) and this since the last 3 years or whatever it was

hope this will support me regards
a) (un-) likelihood of getting better
b) past long enough to show that in the future years me getting better is rather unlikely than likely

don't let anyone convience you that appealing is fruitless
go for it,

as always
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Re: It comes in threes

Postby lolabolla » Thu May 10, 2012 1:06 pm

Thanks for replying Lu, you cheered me up :-D :-D

I'm not too depressed, just numb to everything at the moment.

The meeting was pretty awfull, having to discuss all my symtoms, pain, diagnosis, treatments etc., there were lots of tears. My son came into the interview with me for support and almost took over the meeting, telling them about everything thats happening to my health and how I can't manage even basic tasks now. That's what brought on the most tears.

So the next steps are for my union to contact occy health (ATOS) can you believe it? to come to my home for an assessment. In the mean time I have to prepare my case and gather as many reports and evidence as I can.

I would have thought that it would be up to my union to get a private medical done with an expert in Fibromyalgia, it appears not.

Hope everything goes well with your next meeting.

As always, keep me informed.

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Re: It comes in threes

Postby Ldyalb » Thu May 10, 2012 1:38 pm

Good luck with the ESA50, if you look online there's loads of good info out there on how to fill it in.

I passed my ESA medical (WRAG which is right for me). Tips with the ESA50 are to do it slowly, do a little bit at a time and start early.

I'd also advise you to fill it out electronically, rather than writing it by hand. I have large handwriting, but even someone with normal writing would struggle with the tiny amounts of space they give you on the hard copy of the form. You can download the PDF form from here:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg ... 195544.pdf

Make sure you explain thoroughly how things affect you and why you struggle to do XYZ. I'd attach any extra info you have, copies of Consultant letters, ill health retirement letter etc, plus some articles on Fibro and any other conditions you have. For Fibro I attached the following:

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Fibromyalgia.htm

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Fibromyalg ... ction.aspx

I attached the first because I think it explains it well, and the latter because I decided to send NHS info for each of my conditions to prove it exists and is recognised in this country.
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Re: It comes in threes

Postby fibro-lu » Thu May 10, 2012 3:06 pm

thank you Ldyalb,
that is very helpful, any more tips please add

glad I could cheer you up Lola,
got my form about 2 weeks ago and disappeared into hibernation since then
good to know that we are both sitting at our tables filing in that form simultaniously

added some links (hope it worked)

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAnd ... /DG_171894
http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/employ ... e-esa-test
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeo ... DG_4000382
http://www.pensionsadvisoryservice.org. ... retirement
http://www.turn2ushelp.entitledto.co.uk ... dworkrules
http://issuu.com/atosvictims/docs/lima- ... e=magazine

will pop in later again
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Re: It comes in threes

Postby fibro-lu » Thu May 10, 2012 3:16 pm

all the best :cow-wave: Lu
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Re: It comes in threes

Postby lolabolla » Thu May 10, 2012 3:34 pm

Thanks for all those usefull sites you two, lots of reading up for me to do :crazy: :crazy:

Having so much pain today, possibly due to all the stress yesterday, could be due to hydrotherapy this morning, could be due to the copious amouts of whiskey I had last night :roll: :roll: :roll:

Tomorrow is a new day, so I'm going to make a start on the dreaded ESA50 then.

Thanks again Lu and Ldyalb

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Re: It comes in threes

Postby fibro-lu » Thu May 10, 2012 4:34 pm

htis one has nothing to do with ESA
just a funny cat video
you have to scroll down a little
enjoy

http://www.care2.com/causes/henri-the-f ... video.html

think I will join you tomorrow with the form
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Re: It comes in threes

Postby lolabolla » Thu May 10, 2012 4:55 pm

Thanks love.

By the way Lu, you need to check when your ESA50 has to be in by, mine has to be in by 8th June.

We don't want you missing the deadline.

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Re: It comes in threes

Postby fibro-lu » Sat May 12, 2012 5:50 pm

thank you Lola,

mine has to be in on the 21st I think, def not earlier
started :bear-dancing: the form
well, cleared the table and hunted down all the pieces of paper where I put bits and bobs of brain storm on, i.e. examples
wrote most of them into a "text doc",

next will be the remaining notes plus whatever I collected in my draft folder on my mobile

all this should give me enough to explain "a day in my life", plus the official web handouts i.e. NHS, plus copies of OH letters and others

step by step I will get there,

I noticed that I haven't been paid anything from ESA yet
you know the £71 per week
must have received the award letter at least 3 weeks ago
is that normal?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M7ibPk3 ... detailpage

and a little video of Henry the cat
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Re: It comes in threes

Postby lolabolla » Sat May 12, 2012 6:40 pm

My SSp ran out on 19th April, sent the completed form DWP on 30 April and was paid £198 ish on 10 May.

I would have thought that you should have been paid by now Lu.

Best you phone them on Monday to see what they are playing at.

I am pleased to hear that you are so organised re paperwork. Keep in touch.

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Re: It comes in threes

Postby fibro-lu » Mon May 14, 2012 3:07 pm

thank you for the flowers Lola,

lol, rolling all over the carpet
organised
lol
:-P
most are half witted sentences written on the inside of a tea bag pockety thing
not started the mobile drafts yet

tried to call them about 15 times but it is permanent busy or I am in an endless loop
will keep on keeping on

all I could think off is
my last doc sick note was "overlapping"
half for my employer and second half of time period was for ESA
employer did not send any documentation with the ESA letter to me
maybe I should have asked for another doc sick note? starting from ESA starting date?

checked my bank statement to see if I am not paid, nothing came in
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Re: It comes in threes

Postby fibro-lu » Mon May 14, 2012 3:33 pm

just got through
and yes, they need a seperate sick note from my GP
and as soon as they receive it (backdated) they will send me some money
:-D
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Re: It comes in threes

Postby lolabolla » Mon May 14, 2012 9:30 pm

You can ask your employer for all of your sick notes. Get them to make copies for thier files as DWP will want originals, keep copies for your own files too.

As I am appealing ill health retirement I am still officially employed by my employer so I will continue to give them copies of sick notes and forward originals to DWP.

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Re: It comes in threes

Postby fibro-lu » Mon May 14, 2012 10:08 pm

didn't occure to me to continue to send a sick note to employer
I usually either copy or scan sick notes for my own reference
but thank you for the advise
will either only scan and send via email, or copy sick note and send via british mali to employer

got phone call from HR today
felt pressureised/bullied/harrazed to agree to sent consent letter
didn't commit to that
have been threatened that if I don't sent it in they have to use "old" info and this will be to my disadvantage blabla
haven't made up my mind
if at all, then I like to see the report before it is send to HR

Goodness me, I am tired
sleep well

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