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Old 08-13-2005, 12:26 AM   #1
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UK based BP's- stick your hands up..I have questions

All,,
I am back in Canada with my ancient folks after leaving the UK to rejoin my wife in Alberta (it didn't last). I have a little house in the UK, but little way of supporting myself (I'm a mess). as a diagnosed BP sufferer, can I collect disability allowance and attendant benifits? I think I'd rather be poor there than here...

 
Old 08-13-2005, 08:34 AM   #2
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Re: UK based BP's- stick your hands up..I have questions

Hey Madmac,

How detailed an answer do you need?

If you can be a bit more specific, I know I can offer some very detailed advice.

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Old 08-13-2005, 10:22 PM   #3
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Re: UK based BP's- stick your hands up..I have questions

Pretty detailed...can you e-mail me?



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Old 08-14-2005, 08:16 AM   #4
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Re: UK based BP's- stick your hands up..I have questions

Hey madmac,

The site rules don't allow e-mail addresses to be displayed or exchanged.

However, I can offer some VERY detailed information regarding the entire benefit system and what you would/should be eligible for.

It depends on if you want to work (part or full time makes no difference) or if you want to ONLY claim State Benefits. Also are you single, any kids etc.

Financially you would be better off sticking completely to the State Benefits. I know from my own experience. I actually tried to return to work and it ended up costing me money to do so.

The Benefit(s) to apply for would be the following (depending on a bit more information).

1) Incapacity Benefit - this is paid if you are not capable of working.
A simple Sick Note from your Family Doc provides the proof for this.

After one year the rate increases to 'long term' rates.

2) Disability Living Allowance (D.L.A.) - this is paid if you are in need of help/support due to your illness.

There are three levels. Each has its own list of criteria to meet.

This benefit once awarded is NOT counted towards any other income.
Basically, once you get it, you keep getting it.

3) Mobility Allowance - this is paid exactly like D.L.A. except there are only two levels.

Middle rate D.L.A. plus low rate Mobilty = approx £56.00 per week.
This is in ADDITION to Incapacity Benefit.

The catch is getting it awarded.

When you FIRST apply - the application is ALWAYS rejected.

When you appeal against the FIRST decision - the FIRST appeal is ALWAYS rejected.

THEN, if you appeal again, they investigate the claim fully - then ALWAYS reject it.

THEN if you appeal AGAIN - the entire claim goes to an INDEPENDANT Tribunal
- they USUALLY award the claim.

I spent SEVEN years being paid basic Incapacity Benefit, when I was entitled to the middle rate of D.L.A. and low rate Mobility.

They also do NOT backdate ANY claim.

I SHOULD (without breaking any rules) be able to post a website address to give you more information.
Let me know if you want me to look into it.

I will have to check with Moderator One to be safe.

Hope it helps.

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Old 08-14-2005, 09:30 AM   #5
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Re: UK based BP's- stick your hands up..I have questions

Very much. Where are yu in the UK? I may have to return to see an ailing Granny in Oct. Living off old parents in Canada is a drag. Are you allowed to drive with the mobility allowance? ( removed)


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Old 08-15-2005, 01:25 AM   #6
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Re: UK based BP's- stick your hands up..I have questions

Hey Madmac,

The address is (preapproved by Moderator One)

www.dwp.gov.uk

Have a long, slow read through. It does provide MOST of the information you need.

I can suggest a few old threads that will offer additional guidance.

Let me know.

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Old 08-15-2005, 01:33 AM   #7
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Re: UK based BP's- stick your hands up..I have questions

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Where are yu in the UK?
Living off old parents in Canada is a drag.
Are you allowed to drive with the mobility allowance?
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I live on the outskirts of the City of Ripon in North Yorkshire.

Having spent time in the Ontario area, I think I'd rather be in Canada...!!!
Fancy a switch...???
Yes you can drive with Mobility Allowance.
You can still drive even if you take Lithium.
However, taking Lithium, you are NOT allowed to drive Passenger Vehicles or Goods Vehicles.

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Old 08-16-2005, 05:57 AM   #8
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Re: UK based BP's- stick your hands up..I have questions

Passenger vehicles= I suppose you mean taxis
Goods vehicles= I suppose you mean commercial lorries
Couldn't live in the UK without a Fiat Panda CL 1000 or the option of a 1300 petrol ford escort van, I live to go skipping! Rebuilt a Welsh cottage from stuff found in skips!
BTW single, one child (with spiteful prairie girl mother who uses him as a lever), type 1 diabetic, 35, terraced house in Welsh valleys (the place with highest unemployment, cheapest heroin in EU, and the white socks capital of Britain).
Does this change anything?

 
Old 08-18-2005, 04:41 AM   #9
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Re: UK based BP's- stick your hands up..I have questions

Hey 'MM'

Being a single parent (something I did for many years) you are entitled to Child Benefit as well.

Chances are you would also qualify for Income Support.
This would also be in ADDITION to the other benefits mentioned.

The advantage in receiving I.S. means you are officially classed as 'poor'
this opens up a whole extra set of financial 'freebies', like
Housing Benefit - pays rent (or a % of mortgage payment) for you and your child.
Council Tax Benefit - pays from a part payment for some benefits, up to FULL payment if on I.S.
Free prescriptions - for any medication.
FREE LEGAL ADVICE - for (almost) ANY matter, including matrimonial, custody, child payments etc.
If you are type 1 diabetic, I 'assume' that you would be almost certain of receiving D.L.A. (previously mentioned)

How's that...???

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Old 08-18-2005, 09:17 PM   #10
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Re: UK based BP's- stick your hands up..I have questions

Sorry, didn't make it clear: my son is with his mother. I have not seen him for close on 9 months. I would be returning to the uk alone.

 
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