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Carers allowance

'Carers Allowance can be claimed by the Carer of someone who is in receipt of DLA middle/high rate care or PIP standard/enhanced daily living component or AA either rate. There are limitations in how much the  Carer can earn and still get the Allowance and the Carer usually has to be under 65 - for details please look on line or contact Janet Horton on the Benefits Helpline between 10am and 12 noon on Monday and Friday on 0844 887 2450'

Claiming Carer’s Allowance or reporting a change is Simpler, Clearer and Faster at https://www.gov.uk/apply-carers-allowance

Benefits and Works message about ESA claims on physical grounds

This has been forwarded to us from someone who received it from Benefits and Work. If you have any questions or comments please contact Benefits and Work. www.benefitsandwork.co.uk

New reclaim rules
In just 18 days’ time the rule which allows you to reclaim ESA at the assessment phase rate 6 months after a refusal will be abolished for most claimants, though there are some important exceptions. For example, if your condition has got worse or you have developed a new condition, then you may be able to get the assessment rate again - provided the DWP accept that this is the case.

The change is particularly likely to hit people who are too ill or unsupported when they first make a claim to make a proper job of it and who try to claim again later.

We’ve included details of the new rules in our claiming ESA guides, updated yesterday.

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Benefits & Works Newsletter - Oct 12

In this edition we have confirmation that the DWP is actively considering axeing employment and support allowance (ESA) payments for claimants who challenge a decision that they are fit for work.  Instead, claimants will have to try to sign on for jobseeker’s allowance, where they will face a harsh new regime which, from later this month, will include potential benefit sanctions of up to three years.   

Plus, we learn how many ESA claimants who get found fit for work are left with no income at all and discover the outrage amongst disability charities at a secret deal done between Disabilty Rights UK and the DWP.


We also have leaked confirmation that Atos will be paid millions in bonuses for getting disability living allowance (DLA) to personal independence payment (PIP) transfer medicals done in a tearing hurry rather than getting them right – and how this may also affect not just DLA but also ESA claimants.

 

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Courts carry out review after study reveals GP evidence was factor in only 2.9% of disability benefi

The Government has carried out an assessment of the key factors in deciding appeals against decisions to remove disability benefits from claimants, after a pilot study revealed GP evidence was the deciding factor in only 2.9% of cases, Pulse has learnt.

The Department of Work and Pensions asked judges to provide a written summary explaining their decisions in individuals’ appeals against the removal of the Employment Support Allowance, including the importance of the GP report.

It followed a study last November that showed judges cited GPs’ supporting evidence as the principal factor in only 2.9% of successful appeals when provided with a list of potential reasons from a drop-down menu.

Read the full article HERE

Work Capability Assessment (WCA) 3rd Review

It is imperative that you respond to this if you have gone through the system.  Consultation into reforms taking into account fluctuating conditions do not seem to be going well and it is only by ensuring that the facts reach the right people, there is any hope of the improvements needed for people with fibromyalgia.

Moaning on forums and Facebook is all very well but will not make the difference needed.  When you respond it would be helpful if you could copy us in so that we can collate information when we are involved in these consultations.

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