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UK Benefits - Members with MH Disabilities

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I'll add links to Govt sites about the benefits/allowances I mention.

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more info on the DLA can be found at http://www.direct.gov.uk/Audienc....=VLS3fy

this includes who can claim, how to claim, where to get the forms, telephone numbers etc.

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I have a question: what do you do if you feel that you can't work and yet your doctor refuses to sign you as sick?

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Jo

I'm sorry its taken so long for me to  notice your question - bad of me not keep checking.  

I'm not sure what you could do apart from telling the dr how you feel or ask to see another dr. escpecially if the dr isn't very good with mental health problems.  I know that if my GP was suggesting that its time I went back to work and I felt I wasn't ready I 'd get in a real panic about it and probably have a crying fit in front of him.

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Hi Eileen :)

No worries about the delay . .i'd about forgotten about this thread anyway. I was having a really bad time when I posted it and scared I would have to go back on disability and panicking in case I asked my doc and he refused ;(. I am starting New Deal next week and should be starting work or something and to be honest, I am scared witless. I want to get back to work but am terrified that I will try and fail, and then lose my JSA because I am not fit to work..

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if you aren't fit to work then you'd be on sick leave and should get either Income Support or if you have paid enough National Insurance then you'd get Incapacity Benefit so you'd be alright.

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I am just scared that my doctor might not approve it :( I am getting way ahead of myself here, because right now I feel I CAN work tho am really nervous about it, but am scared that I might have to stop and might go to the doc and have him simply say 'no, not signing anything' and then I'd wind up on the street :(

I am a bit of a worrier, as you can see!

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I  don't think that would happen, at the worst you'd be signed off for anxiety.   I think most GPs will be understanding about this.

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I dunno .. I just hate to ASK which is stupid cos they can only say no I suppose.

It's just, i am likely to be starting work soon and if  Ican't hack it and leave I will not get JSA and I am really worrying about it :(

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jo

if you go back to work and can't hack it and have to give up the job due to being sick, then you'd be signed off - tell your dr how worried you are  about this, I'm sure they'd understand and support you.

Eileen

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Ei,

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its when you put a watch on a thread.

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You are brilliant as usual, my love.   :)

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and its not working - putting a watch on a thread means that when a new post is added to the thread, an email is sent to your registerd account.  But I've received no  messages about new posts to this thread.  

Eileen

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Josephine I wanted to give you some answers as I am on new deal aswell. The first and best thing to do is tell your advisor how you feel as they can get you an appointment with a disability employment advisor. I have had 2 D.E.A's first one was pants but the second was good. they will tell you about ways they have of getting in touch with agencies or employers directly. They can even arrange a work trial that dosen't affect your benefit.

My new deal advisor has my doctors phone number and name so she can call him herself if I get to the state that I can't work. The Job centre people know about benefits and the guidlines. Well the good ones do anyway.

There is a part of new deal called the option for me was suppose to of started last month but because of my condition they have delayed it untill they can set up something suitable. Because it's crowds and large groups that set me off.

So talk to them when you start new deal. Sadly you still have to do the usual looking for jobs.

hope it helps

My tutor on a 2 week course done on new deal said when I came back as I took the 2nd day off because I was physically sick all night after the impact of the first day they had more people on it than usual. He said that "I should be signed off sick for the stress of having stress"

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jo

if you go back to work and can't hack it and have to give up the job due to being sick, then you'd be signed off - tell your dr how worried you are

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if you were single you would have been able to get Income Support if you haven't paid enought NI contributions. Its probably because your husband is earning that you can't get an IS. If you had paid enough NI you would get Incapacity Benefit.

Its worth checking out with something like Citizens Advice or even the job centre plus to see if you are eligible for help with things like Housing Benefit or Prescriptions charges etc, but it will depend on how much your husband earns.

Eileen

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hi i get incapacity benefit and have had a medical so i dont have to send in a sick note every few weeks,

a friend told me to appy for disability allowence but i dont know if i can claim that does any one here no

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Disability Living Allowance is for anybody who has additional care needs due to a health problem or disability.

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Hi I'm new here,

I have suffered with depression for 5 yrs and recently (last 6 mnths) it's becoming worse - I have been going through lots of med changes yet to find a one that works.

Anyway, my hubby has had to take alot of time off work because i cant cope.

Would i be entitled to DLA because if hubby has to give up work i'm frightened we will lose the house and i'm frightened of having to move to another area.

Torchwood

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Hi I'm new here,

I have suffered with depression for 5 yrs and recently (last 6 mnths) it's becoming worse - I have been going through lots of med changes yet to find a one that works.

Anyway, my hubby has had to take alot of time off work because i cant cope.

Would i be entitled to DLA because if hubby has to give up work i'm frightened we will lose the house and i'm frightened of having to move to another area.

Torchwood

Hi u r entitled to DLA wther u work fulltime or not at all, its not means tested so u'r partner status does not effect u'r entitlement. Bit of advise go to a specialist to fill it out or u r likely to get nothing.

Good Luck xx

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Hi I'm new here,

I have suffered with depression for 5 yrs and recently (last 6 mnths) it's becoming worse - I have been going through lots of med changes yet to find a one that works.

Anyway, my hubby has had to take alot of time off work because i cant cope.

Would i be entitled to DLA because if hubby has to give up work i'm frightened we will lose the house and i'm frightened of having to move to another area.

Torchwood

Hi u r entitled to DLA wther u work fulltime or not at all, its not means tested so u'r partner status does not effect u'r entitlement. Bit of advise go to a specialist to fill it out or u r likely to get nothing.

Good Luck xx

Hi Connor,

Thanks, what sort of specialist ?

Torchwood :hearts:

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the citizens advice would help or perhaps your CPN if you have one.

I could help online with some advice about what to fill in if you would like?

The forms are available by

phoning 08457 123456

or by calling the Benefits Enquiry Line on 0800 882200

contacting your local Jobcentre Plus office or local social security office

it can be hard to get DLA, but if you fill it in correctly and have good supporting evidence from your psychiatrst or GP then it is possible.

i get DLA at the highest rate of the care component

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Thanks Connor & Firelizardee,

I dont know why they make the claiming process so hard :(

we dont have a CAB here - what we have is a Welfare Rights and i have only dealt with them once when i got them to help me fill in a DLA application for my son (severe asd) when he was first diagnosed and they werent much help - when i was telling him things about my son he kept saying "all children do that dont they " :hearts: anyway he only got middle rate for care (he's totally dependant). since then i have managed to get higher rate for him but doing one for yourself is totallly different - feels weird :bump:

Torchwood

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