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DLA ??????

PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 5:44 pm
by Mazz64
Hi everyone, hope your all as well as you can be.

I'm new to this site, i was diagnosed with Fm in sept 2011 after 4 years of tests ect, i'm on ESA assesment phase at the moment (i had a "medical" at ATOS in december and got no points suprise suprise, i have read a lot about them in Private Eye .

someone mentioned i should apply for DLA but i'm not sure what i'm supposed to spend the money on, ( if i would even get it) is it for taxies ect and some help with washing dressing ect, i can't walk without pain and find it difficult to dress a lot of the time. i don't want to apply for something i'm not entitled to and waste my time.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Kelly

Re: DLA ??????

PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 6:21 pm
by Ldyalb
You can spend DLA on whatever you like. It's designed to cover extra costs of disability whether that's medical treatment, special food, wheelchairs/crutches etc, taxis, a carer, anything else you may need.

But if you get DLA you will be given the money yourself, the government can't tell you how to spend it. If you want to save it up to treat yourself to a relaxing spa day for example then no-one will, or can, stop you.

If you do apply I'd advise you to get help from somewhere like the CAB or Welfare Rights as it increases your chances. DLA is hard to get so you may have to appeal (they turn most people down first time) but they have to backdate any payments so it is worth looking into.

Re: DLA ??????

PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 6:59 pm
by Mazz64
Hi Ldyald.

Thank you for your reply, that's very helpfull and if i do decide to apply for it, i will get help like you suggested, I'm finding the whole benefit saga very stressful as i'm sure everyone is, it's :evil:

Many thanks again

K

Re: DLA ??????

PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 11:23 pm
by *Lisa*

Re: DLA ??????

PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 6:21 am
by Mazz64
Thank you Lisa.

I think i will leave it for a while, still trying to get my head around FM and this ESA thing, i have not got the energy to be fighting 2 appeals at the moment, not sleeping well ect ect.

K

Re: DLA ??????

PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 3:30 pm
by animalhouse
i nderstnading what you mean as there is alot to take in when you are first getting sorted.

however it is a long process so don;t worry about being bogged down with everything at once.

i am 2 years + down the line of my original dla claim and have 3 on go now.

finally passed my esa at appeal. both original dla & esa appeals took a year to go through, of which i am appealing that dla appeal.

:crazy:

however do what you have to do.
:-)