Having had to chase DWP yet again last Friday (13th…eek!! ) I was told that I would be phoned back on Monday. The lady who phoned said the claim had to go to DM?? who would decide if I can go on partner’s claim, even though when he was in receipt of incapacity benefit I was on his claim. She did say she would try and hurry the claim along as it had been going on for so long. It is in fact 10 weeks on Tuesday 24th April since all this began. Surprise surprise the phone call never came. I gave them the benefit of the doubt and left it till this morning and then bit the bullet and phoned them. Apparently when he collects his payment next week we should have back money and our payment has been upped to couples rate less the very small occupational pension he receives of about £20 per week. What I can’t understand is why on single rate this wasn’t taken into account but on couple rate it is. His appeal hearing date has come through but as the medical details in the report were about a different person we aren’t sure if this will go ahead. So another trip to Welfare Rights is in order but fingers crossed the end may be in sight. We are still a large amount of money down on his incapacity payments so we are still going to struggle but hopefully one day I will find a suitable job and things will change.
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