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Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed it!

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Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed it!

Postby Purpledot » Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:59 pm

Hi everyone

I just wanted to give some people who are still awaiting decisions on benefits etc some hope.

At the begining of the year, on the advice of my OT and Physio, I applied for a Blue Badge on-line, and received an e-mail within an hour to say my application had been successful. The badge arrived in the post a few days later.

Also, round about the same time, I applied for ESA, and have this morning received a letter out of the blue stating that I have been placed in the Support Group. I have had no medical. All I did was fill in the initial form.

I also applied for PIP in February, again on the advice of my OT and Physio, and received a letter a couple of weeks ago saying that I had been awarded the standard rate for Daily Living and enhanced rate for Mobility. Again, I had no medical.

I know my Physio filled in a report for the PIP, but am not sure who was contacted regarding the ESA, if anyone.

The only thing I can think of is that I do have a severe balance/vertigo condition (as yet without confirmed dx) that is regarded as incurable and progressive. Perhaps this is what has swayed the decisions.

Anyway, I just wanted to give everyone some hope who may still be going through this minefield.

PS: Do any of you well-informed folk know what the criteria are for being placed straight into the Support Group? Would they have had to have at least one report from a medical professional, or would they just go on my application?
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Re: Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed

Postby alice2411 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:01 pm

What's blue badge?
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Re: Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed

Postby denys » Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:36 am

Alice a blue badge is the disability badge awarded so that you can park in disabled bays near to shop entrances it also allows you to park in certain other restricted areas

Purpledot congratulations that is wonderful news, I was placed straight into the support group but have no idea whether they wrote to my doc or not :-? :-? :-? :-? :-?
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Re: Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:00 pm



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Re: Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed

Postby Purpledot » Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:46 pm

Thanks for that Fluppypuffy.....that does make more sense now.

I am still trying to get my head round it, as I have been gearing myself up for the dreaded summons to the face-to-face assessment.

I was literally shaking when I opened the brown envelope, fully expecting it to be a date for the assessment.

I appreciate how truly lucky I am, and do not take it lightly.

I have already used the PIP money to buy a wheelchair, and am looking into getting a cleaner in once or twice a week as there is no way I can mange the housework any more. Hubby does what he can, but he works long hours and struggles to fit everything in. He also has a dodgy back due to an accident years ago, so is limited to what he can do. Having a cleaner will take the pressure (and guilt) off us both. Without this money there is no way we could even have contemplated this, so I am truly grateful and am not taking it for granted, and am fully aware that they could take it away at any time

For all those still to embark on the ESA/PIP journey, or for all those currently going through the process, please don't think I am rubbing my easy journey in your face. I just want you all to know that sometimes the system does work fairly and without hassle (apart from them losing my fit note a few months ago) and that, if you persevere, you will get the right decision. Never give up xx
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Re: Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:24 pm

Having that extra pressure and worry lifted will do both you and Mr Purpledot so much good by making things that little bit easier, meaning you will have a little more quality in your lives as well :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing:


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