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Re: [IPk] Re: Frustrated and fed-up...



Hi Hilly

It is possible to get DLA.  I receive it, each award has been for 2 years
and then reviewed.  I  receive it, on the grounds that I need someone to
watch over me (when i bath as I have had 2 nasty hypos in the bath and need
someone around to get me out quick if i have another)  and also for help
during severe hypos.

I have just had another review, which initially was disallowed, however I
then sent evidence of the hypos (print out of blood results) and a statement
from my diabetes specialist nurse, and was then given another 2 year award.

Whether you are able to work or not is immaterial, the DLA application is
considered purely on whether you need help with mobility and/or care.  Also,
whether you actually get these at the moment isn't considered, it is whether
you need them that qualifies you.  For example, you may need someone to keep
an eye on you throughout the night, the fact that you currently don't have
someone to do this doesn't matter.

I work part time with people with learning disabilities, and a major part of
my role is to help people apply for benefits, and I have successfully
completed numerous DLA applications with/for them.

In approx 85% of applications, the award is initally disallowed, but then
awarded on review.

I hope this info helps.

Sharon L


----- Original Message -----
From: Diana Maynard <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2001 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: [IPk] Re: Frustrated and fed-up...


> > I was wondering if people have applied for DLA as I have been advised to
do
> > so. I am working full time and I know it's not Means tested but I have
never
> > heard of diabetics applying before?
> > Hilly
>
> Hi Hilly
> In general you won't get DLA just because of diabetes, unless you have
some
> other condition that necessitates you needing extra help, or unless you're
> unable to work because of your condition. I started receiving DLA when I
was
> registered blind (although I have a full time job). It's not means tested
but
> thyey really do put you through the mill. There are two components -
living and
> mobility. You wouldn't get mobility unless you have other problems. You
might
> get the  living part  if you can prove that you need help e.g. with doing
daily
> tasks, or that you need someone to watch over you constantly.
> But just having diabetes alone  won't normally qualify you for anything.
> Di
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