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disabled living allowance {UK only DLA}

strakerstraker Posts: 1,829
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:28 AM in Health Insurance Issues
hi all
i have been turned down for DLA twice now .but i am going to have another go at getting it as i and my doctor feel that i am entitled to it .what i wanted to say is that on previous occasions my wife and i have filled the long winded form in ourselves.and been refused! i have been told to go to the CAB citizens advice bureaux .anyway i did phone them in Radcliffe bury UK and to my surprise they are going to send someone to my house to fill it in for me.i just wanted to let you know that this service is available .in the UK ..what i would like to know is ..has anyone in the UK managed to get DLA and how did you do it
i will let you know ..third time lucky!?


  • i wish you the best of luck, and hope that as it seems to be with most of the ssi cases here in the us, third times the charm?...hopeful sign tho that they are coming out to your house for you this time don't ya think?

    best of luck to you!
  • yes i have not used the services of the CAB before as Kath my wife is in the health service and part of her job involves her filling in the form for disabled children {she has yet to have a claim denied} but when Kath and myself filled both previous claims in we have been knocked back! go figure!!!
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  • Its always the case that the people that genuinely need help get rejected for minor things yet the true, life long, spongers know how to work the system & get what they want!!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    I was refused 4 times for a disabled badge before they actual accepted me on the fifth attempt as they had consisdered my condition to be temporary - until I got it backed up that my drop foot & nerve damage was permenant after having the last lot of spinal surgery. I have never had to try for benefits & to be honest wouldn't even know what I would be entitled to. Keep going, something has to go your way soon! db
  • i have a blue badge {i got it without a problem} its the DLA money that i have not got i want it for things like TENS electrodes and prescriptions and i would like my car seat converting to a twist type seat {the seat twist so i dont have too] do you get DLA? because i have been told that you can get it even if you are working!"

  • http://www.benefitsnow.co.uk/

    Hopefully give some pointers.

    Good Luck.
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  • thank you that was a very interesting web page!
  • an equivalent to the UK DLA in the USA ? or is it all private?
  • In Australia we have the Disability Support Pension, which is what I am now on.
    It was quite a battle as likewise they said it was temporary, and would get better in 6 months.
    I tried again and said the 6 months were up and I was no better but they ignored that and the long letter I wrote.
    One of the specialists that I had been to see said that he was going to recommend I attend a pain management program.
    Nothing eventuated after quite a while and I heard nothing more.
    Mentioned this to my GP, who then produced an old letter from this specialist saying that my condition was untreatable and would not improve. this had not been sent to me and had been on the GP's file for a long time.
    So I obtained a copy and resubmitted my claim for the DSP, and after an interview with an independent reviewer, who was very understanding and practical, it was approved.
    I explained that I had good days and bad days and so would not be reliable. Also, if I became bad while at work it would be unsafe for me to drive. That was the clincher.
    Anyway, the upshot of all this is that whatever I or my GP said was ignored, and it was only when I had support from a specialist that they listened.
    You may be up against the same thing, but no-one tells you.
    So I'd suggest you get a referral to a specialist and if he supports your claim, submit it.
    There are some things that they don't tell you and you are largely wasting your time unless you know the path. Good luck and don't give up.
    Use the safety angle too if it is applicable as it puts them in an awkward position.
  • do you know I have never even investigated DLA or other benefits, I just presumed that as I was still managing to struggle along at work that I wouldn't even qualify for anything - I might take some time to have a look - anything helps - even prescription charges as mine run at about £50 a month if not a bit more. I certainly need to look into a mobility car as I lease mine & it is up in September. Let me know how you are getting on with things. ian
  • i very nice lady from the citizen's advice centre came to my home yesterday .she was very thorougher and she filled the entire form in on my behalf .so lets wait and see what happens next ..fingers crossed!
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