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Can I change benefits from ESA to DLA?

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Can I change benefits from ESA to DLA?

Postby ceecee1904 » Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:42 pm

Today I had to go to the work programme and do 2 hours of job searches, my job coach is useless, doesn't believe me when I talk about me having fibromyalgia and because the jobcentre still have me down as on JSA on ESA I cannot get the support I actually need.
My brother suggested going to citizens advice to see if I'm eligible before actually applying for DLA or which ever benefit but I thought I'd ask on here first. Is there a way of me NOT going to the work programme and just doing things mostly from home?
It's a struggle getting there most of the time as 80% of the time I cannot drive. How likely is it that I'd even get accepted for DLA and how would I go about it? I've told my advisor about this but she doesn't care!
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Re: Can I change benefits from ESA to DLA?

Postby Garyl » Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:01 pm

try to get on to ESA support group, that is what i get but i do have other probs as well as Fibro.
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Re: Can I change benefits from ESA to DLA?

Postby Kyomii » Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:13 pm

There is no need to change. You can claim PIP in addition to ESA. PIP Is not counted against any income, it is in addition to. However, receiving PIP does not mean you won't have to go to the Job Centre, as it sounds like you are in the ESA WRAG group. To not go to the Jobcentre, you need to be placed in the ESA support group, but this can be difficult to be placed in.
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Re: Can I change benefits from ESA to DLA?

Postby ceecee1904 » Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:46 pm

Thank you everyone.

I am on ESA in the WRAG, but they don't recognise it on my work programme (Avanta) because although I've told the job centre that they STILL after 4 months haven't changed my info from JSA to ESA my advisor just ignores that and keeps making me apply for and interview for jobs I'd never be able to do, which makes my hope of finding a job less and less likely and makes me feel more and more useless!

I'll definitely call about PIP today; see if I'm eligible. I don't need excessive help but I cannot walk unaided more than a couple of metres without almost falling over so I'm stuck using my walking stick most of the time, sometimes I can get along if I'm able to link arms with someone so that I don't always have to use it. I barely walk anywhere and leave the house once maybe twice a week if I've not had too bad of a day! My legs give out if I push myself when walking, with my stick I can walk maybe 4 metres before I get extremely achey and then the pain starts and eventually I'll fall down.
I've had to ask my other half to help in and out of the shower (over bath shower) and I haven't dared to try and have a bath rather than a shower for maybe 6 months as I've gotten stuck in there unable to get out a few times! Both embarrassing and frustrating having to ask for help doing something I should be able to do myself!
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Re: Can I change benefits from ESA to DLA?

Postby loverliesgal » Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:22 pm

Another note, which helped me greatly is that you DONT have to go to the provider of Work Related Activity, request that your job centre is you point of contact for WRA, you then will see them once a month, or have to be available to take a phone call.
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Re: Can I change benefits from ESA to DLA?

Postby silvermaneuk » Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:11 pm

Take yiur ESA award notice into the group, they can't ignore that. I found them useless tbh. 18 months after I came off ESA I was still getting calls demanding I go to interviews lol

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Re: Can I change benefits from ESA to DLA?

Postby anonymouse » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:12 pm

Just to confirm for you as many people have:

DLA (Disability Living Allowance) is now PIP (Personal Independence Payment) and is to cover the extra costs of disability.

IB (Incapacity Benefit) is now ESA (Employment & Support Allowance) and is for those who are not capable of work, as an income (a little like Jobseeker's Allowance is income for those looking for work)

So you can claim both at the same time if eligible. Different criteria applies to each.
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Re: Can I change benefits from ESA to DLA?

Postby Purplepig » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:43 pm

If you put in a sick-line from GP you are not fit for work and do not have to go to JC to sign on as you are not actively seeking employment , you would be on sickness benefit. :-)
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