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Welfare Benefits

If having read this you think you qualify for DLA, please do the following:

  1. Keep a diary.
  2. Contact your local Department for Works and Pension (formerly Benefits Agency) and ask for a claim pack.
  3. Study the pack carefully, take measurements and make notes on a separate piece of paper.
  4. Write down everything you suffer from e.g. Irritable Bowel, Raynaud’s Disease. Do not assume that the adjudication officer or even the doctor knows that they can be part of the fibromyalgia syndrome.
  5. Go to or contact your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Welfare Rights office or disability agency such as DIAL and get help filling in the forms. This is essential.
  6. Keep a copy.
  7. If you are not successful you should ask for a review and failing that you can go to appeal. You have only one month in which to appeal.
  8. Get help from the CAB or Welfare Rights for a review or appeal. Ask if someone from one of these organisations can represent you – if they can you have a considerably higher chance of winning your appeal (probably 30% higher). Please note it is now necessary to ask for an oral hearing if you wish to attend the hearing yourself.
  9. If your appeal fails:
    • a)    You can apply again after 1 month. Prior to this they will look at your previous form.
    • b)    You will be told that you can appeal to the Commissioners. N.B. This can only be done on a point of law, not on the basis that you do not agree with the decision.





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