Free Benefit Information Guides for IIH UK Members

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Free Benefit Information Guides for IIH UK Members

Post by iih » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:07 pm

IIH UK have a range of publications produced by an external organisation - Benefits & Work. The informative guides cover a range of issues relating to disability and benefits. These guides are available free of charge to Members of IIH UK upon request. If you are a member and require a guide, please email requesting the guide(s) you'd like to receive. (Please state the number and name of each guide)

Please note, due to the size of the guides unfortunately we are unable to provide physical copies. The cost of printing and postage is too high. You will receive the guides as a digital pdf file.

The guides we have available are;

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - PIP began replacing DLA for working age claimants from 2013

1. Guide to claiming PIP.

2. I’ve been awarded PIP, what else can I claim.

3. Guide to PIP mandatory reconsiderations and appeals.

4. Ways to Challenge a PIP report

Attendance Allowance (over 65)

5. Guide to Attendance Allowance on Physical and Mental Health grounds.

Child DLA Claims – There are no plans to introduce PIP for children.

6. DLA claims for children on Mental Health grounds

7. DLA claims for children on physical health grounds

Adult DLA Claims

8. DLA Renewal claims for adults on mental health grounds.

9. DLA Renewal claims for adults on physical health grounds.

10. Ways to challenge a AA/DLA Medical Report

DLA Medicals

11. 70 questions you're likely to be asked at your DLA medical.

12. A letter from Chris Grayling, minister for employment, confirming that claimants can ask to have their DLA medical recorded provided it takes place at a medical examination centre rather than in the claimant's home.

DLA Appeals

13. Guide to DLA and AA reconsideration & appeals. - This guide can be used by claimants and support workers alike to challenge decisions made on or after 28th October 2013.

14. Appealing against a DLA or AA decision. – This guide can be used by claimants and support workers alike to challenge decisions made before 28 Oct 2013.

15. Giving persuasive information about how far you can walk.

DLA Changes and Renewals

16. DLA renewal claims factsheet.

17. Changes of circumstances for people claiming DLA.

Other Resources for DLA

18. Attendance Allowance medical report form - A copy of the medical report form completed by doctors carrying out AA medicals

19. Disability Living Allowance medical report form - A copy of the medical report form completed by doctors carrying out DLA medicals

ESA Claims & Appeals

20. Being transferred from Incapacity Benefit to Employment and Support Allowance.

21. Understanding ESA

22. ESA claims on physical health grounds: a guide to the work capability assessment

23. ESA claims for Mental Health and Learning Difficulties: a guide to the limited capability for work assessment

24. ESA mandatory reconsideration and appeals – for decisions made on or after 28th Oct 2013.

25. Sample Letter asking for your WCA assessment to be recorded.

26. WCA Handbook - 194 page guide to carrying out work capability assessments for use by healthcare professionals. There are references to extracts from this Handbook throughout the guides to claiming, alerting you to areas where you may be incorrectly assessed and telling you what to do about it.

27. Ways To Prevent And Overturn ESA Sanctions

28. Permitted Work - An explanation of the different types of paid work claimants can undertake without it affecting the finding that they are incapable of work.

All of these guides are available to help you understand the process of claiming and appealing and also what is expected from you. If you need further assistance with a claim, contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or call the Benefits Enquiry Line on 0800 88 22 00

Not all IIH patients will necessarily be eligible for benefits since IIH patients suffer symptoms to varying degrees. Your entitlement will be decided by how your condition affects your ability to carry out certain tasks.


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