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I was diagnosed 4yrs ago, but I have never claimed any benefits for my Bipolar. Does anybody here claim for their illness?
I have never really looked into it, where do we start and is it worth it ?
 
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I think you can claim DLA (if you don't already) but it doesn't always go through, it can be a funny one. I'm not sure what type of benefits you can claim tbh. I know you can claim working tax credit, I looked into that but it was so sketchy I didn't end up bothering.
Have you tried www.direct.org.gov or www.directgov.org (sorry, not sure what it is :redface:)

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I'm on DLA - I have it for life so don't have the renewal forms to do. Because I don't work, I also get income support and Incapacity.
 
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im on incapacity benefit which i get an assessment for every 6months. suspected bi polar. £102 a week. and you can work up to 16 hours a week and keep your pay if it is under 95. x
 
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I think the benefit amounts are too high, I want to come off it. Feel bad getting it now, I'm a student though so what do I do as it helps a lot. I'll be off it as soon as I get a job

If you have had it for 4 years and don't need the money then it's up to you, if you need the money to help pay for prescriptions then apply for DLA (If on income support prescriptions are free) It may take a long time to get on the system, could be a long process of form fillings and things and they will need letters from the docter etc
 
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I think every family could do with a bit of extra cash. I have two children, so I will look into it.

I don't work, but my partner does. We just manage to get by. Not sure how his work pay will affect it, but it's worth a go.
 
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my dh works too, but i think you would still get it. i have two kids too and it does help. if you dont claim i b you can claim working families tax credit. one or the other
 
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hi

I am Theresa. I was diagnosed 3 1/2 yrs ago. since then I have been receiving increased income supportand 2 components of DLA. it all adds up to about £250 a week. any welfare rights worker can help you with this.
 
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Hi theresa £250 a week? It's not bad money I think I should retire:LOL:

To the original poster; you cannot claim for having bipolar; rather your claim is for how your Bipolar disorder effects your day to day living and your ability (or lack of it) to be able to work.

There are many benefits out there depending on your personal circumstances. Make an appointment at your local CAB or law centre and they will be able to lead you in the right direction. Good Luck
 
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hi

i get esa which is 102 a week plus the rent and council tax paid plus 54 child tax credits waiting to hear about dla.
 
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I have had to claim ESA Employment Support Allowance ( Used to be called Incapacity). I have always worked but sadly am unable too at this present time and have had to bite my tongue and claim benefits. I claim for my partner too which entitles us to housing benefit and council benefit and free NHS etc. I also get Child Tax Credit.

My CPN came armed with DLA form and I also need to claim Carers Allowance as my other half has to care for me at the moment. Mainly due to the fact that we have 5 young children and I am pregnant ( so not medicated)

I asume I need to be in receipt of DLA before he can claim carers allowance.

Wish I could advise more but the benefit system is not something I know much about.
 
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To the original poster, if you feel that you cant manage with working then yes you can claim benefits, I'd advise u to speak to your doctor first who will write you a sick note and then u send it to the dwp.... after 3 months or so you'll have an employment support allowance interview thingie to test your capacity for work.


I would advise that if you do go down that route then take a representative to the interview with you- all the support the better!

As for money everyone is different some ppl get DLA some do not, its based on need and not just diagnoses, but good luck with that.
 
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DLA is not means tested so its not dependent on other incomes. Some people with mental health would be eligible for this but it is about how your illness impacts on your daily life. There are 2 components- the care component and mobility. You need to be very clear on the form how your disability effects you with your daily living. I know for people with physical disabilties there are specialist organisations who can assist with the form. Im not sure if the same level of support is available to people with mental health- maybe MIND could advise? The mobility part would be alot harder to claim for, as physically you may be able to get out and about, psychologically that may be very different. Its worth applying...any successful claims are backdated to when you first receive your claim form. If i find anything else out I'll post on here. x
 
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PS: Only means tested benefits will give you added benefits of free prescriptions etc. DLA does not qualify you for this. Income support does.
 
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hi skyblue.

As from quite recently DLA has now changed to Personal Independence payment. This still a non-means tested benefit but I would get someone to assist you fill this new form in. Do you have a mental health worker?

You should look into the whole situation re benefits as you are entitled to it.

xx Mm
 
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