I spent years battling the government for disability benefits I’m entitled to

Yet another very disturbing account of the DWP welfare benefit process, a system not ‘Fit for Purpose’.

In Social and Health Care we are trying to promote ‘person-centred‘ principles and this should also be so with the welfare system.

Every time you apply or reapply foe a welfare benefit you have to repeat the same information you supplied in all previous applications. Even repeating parts of this information numerous time, in different formats, within the same applications.

Yes, in some instances information will change, but in these instances why not just mention the changes, be they an improvement or a deterioration, which in many instances will be the latter.

But this is too simple for the DWP or are they just trying to catch you out, as though you are lying on this or previous applications.

Yes, this may be for some persons but nowhere near the majority. In my opinion this will be less than 1% of all applicants.

Not like the percentage of MPs who will be fiddling their expenses claims, which is more likely around 10%, but that I feel will be a conservative estimate.

What you do need to do on each and every application is fully answer each question, and in doing so state and provide evidence of both good and bad evidence.

Q14: moving around

What this question means
This question is about how your condition makes it difficult for you to:

stand safely without help
walk safely without stopping and without help
Question 14a
How far can you walk taking into account any aids you use?

less than 20 metres
between 20 and 50 metres
between 50 and 200 metres
200 metres or more
it varies

You may be able to walk some of these distances or stand, but what effort does it take, are you in pain, how long would it take you, how many rest breaks, how long will you need to rest afterwards and many others.

You do not need to lie and this you should not do, but be honest, not only on the form, but with yourself.

Unfortunately we are not usually negative about ourselves as being negative can bring on other conditions, but negative you need to be, provided you can fully explain and, if possible, have written evidence, even an Assessment of Needs, medical evidence or anything that proves what you are stating.

Be fully frank.

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