I'm so relieved and happy that I've just got my award for higher rate mobility and middle rate care. First application, no medical and awarded for 2yrs . . . The advice from this site has been fantastic and I'm sure it has helped with my claim.
Clare. More excellent news from forum members at the end of this newsletter, including:
We know that the most important issue for you at the moment is what's going to happen to benefits as a result of the coalition cuts.
But, as yet, there is nothing but conflicting announcements and speculation to go on: will there be an additional £4 billion in cuts on top of those already announced or more, or less; are we going to have a single unified benefit; is DLA going to be means-tested?
One thing we can be certain of, however, is that the support offered to claimants by LibDems like Danny Alexander has now been entirely renounced by the party leadership, whatever ordinary members may vote for at conference.
This means that all three main parties are now united in their determination to slash benefits, with Nick Clegg leading the assault with his assertion that unlike wealthy bankers the poor should not be compensated for their predicament.
Meanwhile, over at the Tory party conference, an organised protest will be taking place which you may be interested in attending if you do we'd be pleased to have an account and pics.
MIND have written asking us to thank all of you who were able to respond to their request for evidence about the Work Capability Assessment. You can download a copy of their submission to the Harrington review of the WCA based in part on your contributions.
Disability Alliance have also published their response to Harrington. In addition, the news has now broken that Disability Alliance is in merger talks with Radar and the National Centre for Independent Living. Good news or bad news for claimants or of no importance whatsoever? Let us know what you think. For some people, the bad news at a tribunal comes when the judge decides to look at, for example, your DLA mobility award, when you have only appealed against the care component award. At one time, many claimants would simply have withdrawn their whole appeal if this happened. But since November 2008, judges have had the power to refuse leave to withdraw an appeal once an oral hearing has begun.
We're very happy, therefore to be able to publish a digest of the regulations and caselaw surrounding this issue produced by Mark Perlic for use on his training courses. Mark is the author of the very popular and comprehensive DLA and AA caselaw pack already available on the Benefits and Work website. Members can download a copy of Defending the Unappealed Component from the DLA appeals section of the members area.
We'll end, as we often try to do, with some good news from our members.