Friday 23rd June 2017 – HMCTS Inform Me My PIP (2nd claim) Appeal Is Postponed, Due To Panel Member Hearing Previous Appeal

I received a letter today, (dated 22/06/2017) from HMCTS. My PIP (2nd claim) Appeal, which was due to be heard soon, has had to be postponed, as a Tribunal Panel member has heard a previous Appeal of mine, and therefore is excluded from hearing any further Appeals of mine.

I first applied for PIP (1st claim) in 2013. Tribunal rejected my claim in 2015.  The Health Professional’s Report was a poorly-written piece of tat, started by the woman that assessed me, and finished 5 months later by a different HP.

I made a 2nd claim for PIP. I’ve been unable to get legal assistance.

I’ve got several, worrying, health problems/symptoms. I’ve been asking for help from my GP, the DWP, and several other organisations for years. Apart from hospital transport to one specific hospital, I get zero help. So I’ve been unable to have any health investigations/treatment for all of my most alarming health symptoms.

My GP Surgery has a rigid policy of refusing to provide “Letters of support” in relation to benefit claims. I’ve lost so much blood over the last couple of weeks. I usually have heavy periods, and irregular bleeding. I started bleeding again on 8th June, fairly light until 13th June, but since 14th June I’ve been losing lots of blood, and passing huge, frequent, blood clots. When I attended Erdington Jobcentre, for my Signing appt on 20th June, I stained a chair at Erdington Jobcentre, and “L” (I don’t know whether there’s more than one “L” there, or not), who was on the ground floor, was very thoughtful and helpful, and arranged for me to have my signing appt in a private room, and to sit somewhere more discreet afterwards, as my clothing was also stained, as I waited for my lift back home.

“L” even gave me a pack of wipes, and a carrier bag to sit on for the journey back home.
I have since asked the DWP (via Central England Complaints Resolution Team) to clarify what they expect me to do, and the time that I must be expected to travel to appts/work/job interviews, when my sanitary towel can flood in less than a minute, and stain my clothes, and whatever I’m sitting on. I’ve always suffered from heavy periods, but it’s become even worse lately, I pass massive clots, and am losing lots of blood, over a long period, in addition to other problems.
I await their response.
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Saturday 17th June 2017 – I Receive Council Tax Bill

I’ve received a revised Council Tax bill today. I only receive Council tax support for part of my liability. On 1st July 2017 I must personally pay £42 in Council Tax, then each month after that I must pay £45 per month Council Tax.

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Friday 16th June 2017 – I Receive Housing Benefit Decision Notice From Birmingham City Council

I’ve received a Benefit Decision Notice from Birmingham City Council today, (dated 12th June 2017).

My gross rent is £101.40pw

I’m entitled to £71.17pw Housing Benefit

I must pay £30.23pw

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Tuesday 13th June 2017 – I Rang Birmingham City Council’s Automated Telephone Payment System on 0121 464 2001 To Pay £32.07 Rent

I rang Birmingham City Council’s Automated Telephone Payment System on 0121 464 2001, and paid £32.07 Rent with my credit card.

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Wednesday 7th June 2017 – I Ring Birmingham City Council’s Automated Telephone Payment System on 0121 464 2001 To Pay Rent

I rang Birmingham City Council’s Automated Telephone Payment System on 0121 464 2001, and paid £12.99 Rent (my account was slightly in credit, hence I only needed to pay this).

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Erdington High Street – Uncomfortable Benches/Seats

This is my first post since 1st April 2017, as I continue to be severely overwhelmed on so many fronts. I will fill in the gap when I get chance to breathe.

I’ve got to have a quick grumble about the concrete/granite/marble benches that are dotted around Erdington’s High Street.

  1. When they’re wet, the design of them means the water never drains off them.
  2. They are freezing to sit on, even if they are dry.
  3. Even if they’re dry, and the temperature’s hot enough to minimise the threat of frostbite from sitting on one, they’re dreadfully uncomfortable, and have no backrest.
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Tuesday 6th June 2017 – I Attend Erdington Jobcentre, Signing On (JSA 3rd Claim)

I arrived at Erdington Jobcentre early at about 9:20am, for my Signing On Appointment. As I was early (aren’t I good!) I used a computer there, I was helped by “S”, as I’d never used computer there before. “O” showed me how to transform one of my CVs off the Universal Jobmatch website, into a .doc

I then had to upload my CV in its new .doc format, to a different job website, to apply for a specific job. There wasn’t time to modify my CV .doc, as I had to log off in time for my Signing On appt, which was a pity, as vacancy description specified they preferred “blind” CVs.  It’s a shame that the employer doesn’t appreciate that not all potential employees have got the software/knowledge at home to create a .doc version to upload.

I signed on with “MI” today, at the end of my appt, I asked to use the loo. “MI” said I must ask the security guard, so I asked the security guard. This particular security guard was flummoxed by my request, he told me to ask DWP staff. So, third time lucky, I asked “S”, and he told guard to escort me to the loo.

As I had some spare time after the loo, I used a computer again. I printed off a couple of lengthy job applications & descriptions.

I’m pleased to say the Jobcentre wasn’t hot today.  Then I had to nip to a couple of shops and the bank, then sat waiting in a bus stop for over an hour, for my lift back home.

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