I have been awarded Disability Living Allowance! I am so happy!
They have given me Lower Rate Mobility and Middle Rate Care allowance. Plus they have awarded it for 2 years. Great news.
I am certain this is down to a strong application with lots of additional information, seven supporting letters/statements from family and friends and a great GP who I suspect wrote a spot on report for the DLA decision makers.
I wholeheartedly recommend subscribing to www.benefitsandwork.co.uk to anyone considering applying for DLA. They also provide advice on Incapacity benefit claims. Their advice guide is just brilliant – it’s easy to follow, it decodes the ridiculously complex DLA form and it tells you step by step how to give the strongest application you can. They also left me in no doubt that I qualify and that I should apply.
As well as owing a huge than you to the family and friends who wrote supporting letters and stood by me through this process, and a huge thank you to my GP – I know none of it would have been possible without Growler’s help. He did all the hard work – extracting from me what I wanted to say, filling in the gaps in my thinking/memory and writing up the 50 plus pages of questions and additional information sheets.
I am so relieved not to have had to have a doctors visit/medical. The letter says my application, further information and GP’s statement was enough for them to make an award. I have even received the back dated payments already! Plus it took them just 2 months from me posting the form for them to make the decision – not too bad by government standards!
Now I just have to decide how to use the money. Especially as I wasn’t really expecting to get it. Perhaps a gardener, or a cleaner, or part time P.A. to do errands and little tasks … or to save it towards something bigger … an electric wheelchair, a go slow holiday, an electric bicycle … or practical things like taxi’s to get more independent, supporting my huge vitamin habit, investing in more pyjamas, buying a shower seat … or to invest it for bleak rainy days …
Hmmm. A nice problem to have. Wonderful in fact. It IS possible to have CFS and qualify for DLA.