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  1. M

    Can I do a course at the Open University if I'm on ESA and PIP?

    I really need some help, all advice is very appreciated. I missed my gcse's due to mental illness and as a result I have 0 qualifications to my name. I am in my early 20's now and still struggling every day with my illness but I have been thinking of the future lately and how I would like to...
  2. S

    Asked to travel for esa assesment

    :panic: I filled out esa form stating I cant travel due to panic attacks severe social anxiety and depression everything I wrote was ignored the bastards at the dwp said I must travel to Glasgow or risk losing benefits :eek2:i am devastated just want to curl up in my bed and die in my sleep
  3. F

    Can I claim PIP?

    Hi, I am presently in hospital but from here I am likely to be moving to a mental health rehabilitation unit for a period of time. I have been told whilst I am there I will not have to give up my council house, but what I am wondering is whether I will still be entitled to PIP whilst in rehab...
  4. R

    how ill am i some thoughts

    i'm ill emough that the majority of women avoid me, i'm ill enough that when i work i'm considered unfit due to illness. whether i meet the benefit systems definition of illness, how many do? I am getting a certain level of benefits on grounds of illness, i'm not on job seekers allowance, i'm...
  5. Artmuzz

    The council are useless

    I got a letter from the council this week telling me that I now have to pay five pounds a week on my rent even though I get full housing benefit. I phoned them up and was told that I got overpaid housing benefit away back in 2014 and I have to pay that overpayment back. What a I don’t...
  6. S

    Horror, benefits, all advice welcome, thanks

    I shouldn’t have to pay a debutyship out of my court funds, ie my benefits, because I have been placed in this nightmare, for 17 years for ten pounds, should I, no I shouldn’t, why should they claim fees out of my benefits, I bet my ex still gets his benefits, ie fraud, ie out the country and...
  7. B

    Cut most people off

    Haven’t been on here in while. Last month, I finally got sick of family and friends. Cut most off. Think it makes things easier for me when the time comes. Still no job. Almost at end of money. No more benefits. So, I ping pong between so what and maybe it’ll work out every 30 min. Meh.
  8. Funnyday

    ESA, PIP and State Pension

    I tend to rather not think about retirement. However, if you have to live on benefits till that point, what does it all mean? When you reach state retirement age. If you defer receiving the state pension and any private pension too. Can you stay on benefits indefitnatelly? As this would leave...
  9. S

    Trying to get Federal Disability Tax Credit: Suggestions, experiences?

    I have major PTSD symptoms which include anxiety and depression. My psychologist completed his portion of the form, I did mine. However, CRA rejected my initial application T2201 siting their "policy" that I must be: markedly restricted if, they are unable or takes an inordinate amount of time...
  10. J

    Lost my job and not sure who to speak to

    So I have posted about about being stressed at the possibility of losing my job, unfortunately a couple of days ago my worst case scenario came true and my employer decided to fail my probation and stopped my final pay. I'm just wondering who can I speak to about my worries regarding money, I...
  11. I

    Benefits question

    Could I lose my benefits if I get less depressed and less scared in the future??? I want to improve, but I don't want to lose my benefits before I can work too. Please let me know. Thanks. :confused:
  12. R

    If I come off medication will it effect my benefits.

    Hi I am on medication for schizophrenia which makes me feel like I am a zombie, I can't do with it and want to come off but will this effect my benefits in any way. I believe that it is paranormal what is happening to me anyway, the drugs don't work at all.
  13. N

    Help to find a way out

    I've suffered from mental health issues since I was about 10 years old, handed down, both sides of the family, and I've been medicated for about 25 years. I'm 46 now. I've always worked when I was able and claimed benefits when I could not. Paid into the system and taken from it. I suffer from...
  14. Fairy Lucretia

    if you aren't under cmht

    or your consultant is useless like mine who helps you fill in benefit forms/gives supporting letter? x
  15. Funnyday

    High Court rules Government acted 'unlawfully' in Universal Credit case

    High Court rules Government acted 'unlawfully' in Universal Credit case High Court rules Government acted 'unlawfully' in Universal Credit case A judge was told the men had been left unable to meet many of their basic needs The Government acted 'unlawfully' in denying two men a 'top up' on...
  16. I

    Volunteering and benefits

    Would volunteering make me lose my S.S.I.? I go to a mental health group where part of my recovery is volunteering at least 2 days per week. My psychiatrist has access to my group records since she works for the same company. But my lawyer said to not tell my psychiatrist about my daily...
  17. S

    Can I still recieve ESA benefit while studying?

    I am currently on ESA benefit as I cannot work due to mental illnesses,I am in the work related activity group. I want to start a college course in September as part of my recovery. The course is part time and I will be doing 15 hours a week. There is a fee including a £750 fee to reserve my...
  18. Z

    EUPD and PIP medical assessment

    I currently receive ESA benefit (am in the support group) and next Wednesday I have to have a face to face medical assessment because I applied for extra support in the form of PIP (personal independent payment). I had help from a charity to fill in the form and sent the usual supporting...
  19. neorealism

    Transitioning from voluntary work into part-time employment.

    I have been doing some volunteer work and it's mostly been successful to date, I've also joined a couple of local community decision making groups. The work, the socialisation, feeling needed and having some responsibilities have made me feel semi-human again. It's amazing how many people are...
  20. Artmuzz

    Welfare benefits when sharing flat with friend

    At the moment and for the past 15 years I have been living alone in a one bedroom flat. However, since 2015 after having a severe panic attack and suffering severe anxiety, depression and panic disorder I am scared to live alone now. My friend suggested that I could move into her flat or she...
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