Tuesday 27th September 2016 – I Phone Rent Service To Update Them About My ESA (6th Claim)

As my local Council have already suspended my Housing Benefit & Council Tax Benefit, I phoned the Rent Service/Team to keep them up to date with how my ESA (Employment & Support Allowance – 6th Claim) is progressing. I told “T” that my GP spoke to the DWP today, then my GP phoned me, and is issuing me with a new backdated Medical Certificate for my new ESA (6th claim). When I receive the Med Cert, I will send it to the DWP, then my ESA (6th) will be backdated, & then Housing Benefit & Council Tax Benefit (which have been suspended) will be restarted. “T” said she’ll speak to her manager, & put me on hold for several minutes. “T” then said Housing Benefit will only be backdated for up to 4 weeks! So I need to get Med Cert in quickly to DWP to get ESA (6th) started, & take DWP award letter to my local Council’s Benefits Service.

“T” said 4 week HB backdating limit has been imposed since 1st April 2016.

“T” said my HB & CTB were suspended on 19th Sept 2016, so I must supply DWP ESA (6th) benefit award letter before 19th October 2016, as HB & CTB will only backdate entitlement up to 4 weeks (in my case from 19th Sept 2016).”T” said when I’ve received Med Cert, I can phone my local Council’s Benefits Service to keep them updated, then I must send Med Cert to DWP ASAP!

[Total call duration 34 minutes]

About slowlyrotting

I am constantly having to deal with several different benefits issues. I've got Appeals and Tribunals coming out of my ears. I've lost count of the formal complaints I've had to make. I've kept paper records of most of my interactions with the DWP, HMRC etc for years, so I've literally got several hundred posts (maybe thousands) to compose for this website. I can't post them to here as quick or as often as I'd like to, for a variety of reasons. I intend to go back years, eventually. But at this rate, I don't think I'll ever get to post everything I want to. You can see from what I've put up so far that I've got a lot of crap to deal with. I'm probably not even 1% or 2% done. I am slowly rotting....................
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