Wednesday, 27 June 2012

tribunal hell

well i had my Disability Living Allowance tribunal this morning, and after going, and getting my nerves shaken to hell, they started asking questions. questions i answered well and honestly, but at the end of all this, i was turned down for DLA!

i am in a wheelchair, but they were going off the time of first appeal back in February. even back then i was using a crutch and walking very difficulty and painfully, but i guess in their eyes, not really being able to walk isn't classed as being disabled.

ive been screwed over by pretty much everyone recently, so why should today be any different?

so now i have requested a new claim pack to start the process off all over again!  if they turn me down this time, with me now being in a wheelchair and in severe pain, then i don't know what else i can do to get it.

the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Social Services have said that i was entitled to the higher rate mobility and low rate care, but when it comes to making a decision, i guess they don't agree with that. unfortunately no one from with the CAB or Social Services were available to represent me at the tribunal because i ticked the box on the form that i am available for cancellation hearings, big mistake! if you want someone to represent you at a tribunal, do not tick this box!!

so now my life of no money carries on until i hear something, which i believe to be criminally wrong to leave someone in the condition that i am in, and if it carries on, i will have to think about seeking legal help.

1 comment:

  1. I'm in a similiar position. Can't get any DLA even though have been prescribed a wheelchair and have a carer in from social services 7 days a week. I've been sick to one degrre or another for nearly 50 years. had a wheelchair for about 20. Last tribunal I was shouted at and not allowed to speak up. If your tribunal was wrong in point of law (not that yuou dosagree with them) you can get another one. Have you seen the benefits and work website? Worth joining. Get the lists of reasons from the tribunal. If they say things such as you didn't look to be in pain then there is case law to overturn that.

    Thanks for the heads up about being available for cancellations. My CAB messed up my claim and now won't put it right (it seems). Bastards.

    Good luck!


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