Just received a letter from benefits office.

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Just received a letter from benefits office.

Postby leetankers » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:52 pm

Hi all, I just wondered if anyone knew what was the best thing to do as I have received a letter today telling me that my income support is going to be changed to esa or put on jobseekers and to expect a phone call off them after which they will send me a form to fill in.I am not any good at filling long forms in and am worried about when they will stop my money.I suffer from bad depression and fibromyalgia and I just want some advice as I am worried a lot.I also don,t want to tell them any lies and to just tell it as it is.Thanks, Lee.
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Re: Just received a letter from benefits office.

Postby Poseypig » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:15 pm

Think everyone is slowly being changed over. My husband got changed to ESA a while back. If you have problems with form filling someone at your local citizens advice should be able to help or you might have an organisation locally that specialises in that. Good luck and try not to worry x
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Re: Just received a letter from benefits office.

Postby Vickyharry1982 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:16 pm

Hi Hun, I had that a long while ago... Contact citizens advice, they may have a disability section but if not don't panic, they will help you fill in form xx
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Re: Just received a letter from benefits office.

Postby FluppyPuffy » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:19 pm

The letter you've received and the phone call you should be getting are part of the process of transferring someone from Income Support to ESA as IS is not longer a benefit that can be claimed. It was replaced by ESA and the people who were originally on IS are being considered for ESA when they are due to be reviewed.

The phone call should explain what needs to be done with the form so you can be considered for ESA, it should also give you an idea of when you will be sent the forms and how long things can take.

The form is very long and can become confusing, so the best thing to do is get someone to help you with completing it. Have a look to see which organisations are in your area as they have advisers who are familiar with the system who can help with filling them in. Places like Citizens Advice, Welfare Rights, DIAL or other local groups often help. Your local council may have details of who can help, so contacting them might be something to consider.

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Re: Just received a letter from benefits office.

Postby 0710Carol » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:31 pm

Hi Lee ...
I shouldn't worry about this process, I went through this stage back in June '12. when they called/sent letter saying that I was going to have my income support finishing, I would have to go into the job centre for a meeting to discuss what would happen next and if I would be going on ESA or JSA. through my interview, the lady I saw did everything on the computer and I had no paperwork to complete. we discussed fibro, etc. and decided that once my income support finished, two weeks later my ESA would start and it was a smooth transition from one to the other, she did also explain that at some point I would need to take a medical with ATOS to confirm/assess aspects of the illness/situation. After the meeting I was sent a DLA form to see if I was entitled to anything more, but if you have difficulties in completing forms you need to make them aware of this so they can help you. I then didn't get my ATOS medical until mid December '12. from which my GP helped and prepaired me for. so don't worry, there is always help somewhere ... I am just waiting for the results of my medical now
try not to worry too much about it ... good luck with it! (hopefully what I've said has made sense? I'm a bit brain fogged at the moment so not sure I have the correct words in some places, lol) :-)
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Re: Just received a letter from benefits office.

Postby leetankers » Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:04 pm

Hi, Just like to thank everyone for their replies.I will just have to wait for the phone call and see what transpires.This has come at a bad time for me as I am suffering a lot at the moment but that,s just how it goes I suppose.Happy new year to everyone and let,s hope everyone gets what they deserve.Lee x
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Re: Just received a letter from benefits office.

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:51 pm

Hope all goes smoothly for you Lee and it is a :happy-new-year-group-1: for you :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing:
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Re: Just received a letter from benefits office.

Postby leetankers » Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:43 pm

Thanks for your help puppyfluff it means a lot.Lee x
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Re: Just received a letter from benefits office.

Postby denys » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:17 am

:goodluck1: Lee :-D :-D
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Re: Just received a letter from benefits office.

Postby FluppyPuffy » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:14 pm

Glad I could be of some help Lee :goodluck2: :goodluck2: :goodluck2: :goodluck2: :goodluck2:
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