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Acorn

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Hi,

I'm getting increasingly worried and stressed as the weeks go by about losing my benefits and being forced into work. Could somebody give me some more info...

I'm on ESA and DLA and in the support group.

Does being in the support group have a time limit?

When I did a google search it says that a person that is placed in the support group will only be in the support group for 12 months is this true and if so what happens when this 12 month period has finished?

DLA to PIP change over... when will this happen?

Will being in the support group help me get PIP more easily once DLA comes to an end?
 
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No getting ESA and being in the support group doesn't help with your claim for PIP which it should do but it doesn't.You can still fail to get PIP.
About the support group I have been in it for five years with no problems they leave me alone and don't keep reviewing me either,they never said how long I'd be in it but they put me in it without a medical and kept me there.I do have both mental illness and physical illnesses too though!
They tell you when you have to switch from DLA to PIP, there is no set date,just when they start switching people in your postcode area they will let you know.
Otherwise if you want to you can asked to be switched when it suits you if you don't want to wait until they ask just tell them you want to switch and they will let you put a claim in.
 
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my gp said he'd write a letter saying any reduction in my income would have a serious impact on my health, god knows if that'll make a difference
 
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Just try and relax a little, I've been in the sg for many years. pity anyone who want to employ me.
 
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i try not to worry but the people at this mind group all seem to have more money than me and i think not coincidentally, mental health workers milling around, whether i'd like that

Some are living at home and have familys helping out, years ago the old lags would advise people to get a flat they don't now
 
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Thanks people I'm feeling a little more relaxed, I think I'm worrying to much and thinking way to much into things. Well I'm glad there not going to hassle me while I'm in the support group for now.

I'll stay on DLA until they will send me a letter or the PIP form but I know that my new doctor doesn't approve of me claiming benefits even though I have a disability and a range of mental heath problems... I spoke to a few people over the past weeks who claim PIP already in my postcode and they said they you have to appeal as they usually just refuse you right away but most get it appealed with the help of places like Islington Peoples Rights.

I went to the Mind drop in today as well and asked the staff about PIP.

One thing I found interesting is one person told me that if I've been on DLA for a long time then I'll be left alone although I can't get my hopes up about that as it might not be accurate but I'm hoping it is.
 
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thats my decision as well stay on dla to they send me the pip form, keep under the radar avoid any change of circumstamces that might trigger a review, i haven't really had a benefit increase for years and theres inflation, possibly going up with brexit
 
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seems if i've got something to worry about benefit wise thats upsetting if say people say i've nothing to worrry about, i think am i that ill and thats upsetting after been told i was stabilised on drugs and could lead a normal life. to this day i can't forget that hostel were they pushed the stabilised on drugs fit for work argument with psychological brainwashing, to this day my gp is on about stabilised

Was up late last night painting the hallway then at 8 the phone rang, i usually stay in bed to 10, woke me up by the time i answered they'd rung off and there was no trace of the call 1471, probably salesman, thinking i'm about to go to work, but with my elderly mother i worry about calls whilst i'm in bed

Now totally anxiouus, been on the net doesn't help
 
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seems if i've got something to worry about benefit wise thats upsetting if say people say i've nothing to worrry about, i think am i that ill and thats upsetting after been told i was stabilised on drugs and could lead a normal life. to this day i can't forget that hostel were they pushed the stabilised on drugs fit for work argument with psychological brainwashing, to this day my gp is on about stabilised

Was up late last night painting the hallway then at 8 the phone rang, i usually stay in bed to 10, woke me up by the time i answered they'd rung off and there was no trace of the call 1471, probably salesman, thinking i'm about to go to work, but with my elderly mother i worry about calls whilst i'm in bed

Now totally anxiouus, been on the net doesn't help
I know how you feel hugs My new GP is like that he gave me medication for depression but that was it and he told me to came back in a month to see if I've got better. You don't get better I was really upset that day and worried to hell and still am about weather he will even write a support letter for when my PIP comes up I've had sleepless nights and stress during the day feeling like a hopeless case. I told him about other issues like panic attacks and anxiety but he wasn't willing to listen to me any further and even had the cheek to say because I have autism that I have those issues and trying to bull s**t me about my mental state.
 
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Doctors can really pi$$ me off, they have easy jobs just sitting on a chair doing whatever seeing patiences then they go back home to there loving wife and kids with a massive social life drinking champagne with there posh friends in there big houses looking down there noses at people like us, with a nice lavish retirement to look forward too.
 
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