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Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

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Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

Postby Topsybopsy81 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:06 pm

Hi everyone, I'm brand new to the forums. I've just been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after a couple of years of all the symptoms it has slowly been getting worse until I eventually had to go to the GP because I was becoming afraid. The illness only allows me to work part time, I'm doing 20 hours per weeks at the moment and in reality couldn't really work anymore as I find it hard enough on those hours!! With regards to housing and council tax benefits, I sent in my payslips as required to do so and received word back of how much benefit I was entitled to and that I would need to pay the rest of the rent, which is nearly full rent by the way, and apparently I am not entitled to a reduction in council tax at all, except the 25% discount for single occupancy. This now means I am literally left with about £4 a week to live on after all the bills are paid and it's an impossible way to live! Is there anything I can claim because I have this horrendous condition, alongside part time work? I don't want to give up work if I can help it, as it helps with the depression side of things, keeps me in "real life" and gets me out of the house. I'm totally clueless as to what, if anything I can claim because the condition only allows me to work part time. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Many, many thanks to you xx
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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

Postby zoomie » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:21 pm

Do you get working tax credit hon? I'm not really very good benefit wise, but it seems to me that until your illness forces you to be incapable of nearly everything you can't get any help :-x sorry xxx
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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

Postby Topsybopsy81 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:23 pm

Thanks for the reply, no I don't get working tax credits, as I was told as a single person with no children you have to work 30 hours per week before being entitled to them.
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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

Postby shithappens » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:36 pm

Hello,

You can claim for a PIP (Personal Independent Payment) is goings on your condition and what you need it isn't based on how much you earn or receive. You can also contact DIAL or Citizens Advice, as I'm sure there are probably others thing to claim for too x x Hope this helps hun x x
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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

Postby westne5 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:52 pm

Hiya, I've been in the same position for 2 years now, it took 13 years to get a diagnosis, lost me my naval career and nearly my current job where I work 18.5 hours a week, due to the pain and fatigue. Like you, I barely manage those hours due to illness, but I have to grab any overtime I can if I feel I can do it, as once I've paid all bills, I have no money left at all, not even for food, so rely on my few hours overtime now. Not entitled to tax credits for the same reason. My mum dies 2 years ago, leaving me a legal guardian to 16 year old bro, but I couldn't even get child tax credits, as he left school due to depression brought on by death of dad when he was 8 and then extreme bullying, then mam's passing. He doesn't work, gets a low rate dla for depression, but been told he can't claim anything else, so I keep us both on part time wages. Really want to apply for Pip but worried about being told no and then stressing of an appeal against it. It's all so unfair.
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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

Postby padders » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:47 am

Hi things must have changed then as whwn i was working it was 20 hours a week and i have no children at home but got wirking tax credits. I also no someome doung 16 hours and gets it. I think if you do 30 hours or more you got a bit higher money so worth looking into. Also pip is worth a look at but dufficult to get as criteria is really strict now to get it!! Some if the quwstions they ask are
1. Can you walk 20 meters (approx length of a bus) without severe pain.
2. Can you make yourself a hot meal even with a microwave.
And so on as you work even though you cut your hours down they will ask you about this.

Worth a go still and get your Dr and specialist on board as well as alot if the times they will go on what they say. Have a look at what other questions you may be asked for pip and run through them to see how many points you think you may get. There is also ESA but not sure if you can claim that as you work. Ring your local citizens advice and make a appointment they will be able to help you. But as i said look into tax credits as i got them. There is a calculator on the goverments tax credits web page that you can use and it gives you a rough idea uf u can claim and how much. It is worth looking at x
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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

Postby Topsybopsy81 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:13 am

Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for all your help. Will take one board and look into everything you have said.
Am going to look into the tax credits now. Many thanks again, it's nice to have something like this forum where you feel you aren't alone, because everyone is going through the same thing! Bless yous xx
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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

Postby FluppyPuffy » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:29 pm

It might be worth trying to see an adviser with somewhere such as Citizens Advice. They will go thru everything, give you an idea of what you may be eligible to claim. They may even be able to help with the form~filling side of things as well.


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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

Postby leetankers » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:53 pm

Hi it is my belief that if you are well enough to do any paid work then you shouldn,t be entitled to pip!How can anyone who is capable of work believe that they have a right to pip....This benefit should only be paid to the very unfortunate few!Hope this helps.....Lee
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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

Postby leetankers » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:46 pm

If that is the case then it,s scandalous!Not many people can afford taxis in these times of austerity so why should the government pay for such luxuries!Surely if someone can work full time then they can manage to get a bus or walk or get a lift.Come on it,s no wonder that this country is in a mess!
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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

Postby Vickielstorey » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:36 am

How can anyone say that ppl that work don't deserve pip. I've worked all my life and this last 2yrs I've had to cut my hours down by half as I carnt keep up with everyone else as the pain is horrendous I was told I could apply for pip to help me to survive to help with my bills etc which I now find very difficult since I've had to cut my hours down due to fibro ppl who say that we are not entitled to a bit off extra cash to help us. Must be living off the government already and not working to survive to pay rent council tax. Cos obviously you are getting it paid for you ,, even tho we work we should have the opportunity to get some help aswell
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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

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Re: Working & Claiming Benefits with Fibro?

Postby FluppyPuffy » Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:05 pm

There have been a number of posts made over the past few days that have caused a lot of upset across the boards. Some of were deleted by the poster last night, so some of the topics may read a little disjointed, esp where parts of those posts have been quoted in others.

We've been dealing with this situation and hoped to have it resolved very shortly :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:


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