Have a long term chronic illness, officially recognised as a disability, albeit hidden. Medication keeps me alive, but has some serious side effects, physical & neurological.
Had obtained DLA (on appeal), which allowed me to pay for a carer, assisting me in my day to day life. Obtained 0 points over the unnecessary passage from DLA to Pip, in Dec 2016. First Tier tribunal denied my appeal, on a very spurious basis. Have now (May 2018) received permission to appeal to Upper Tribunal, with help from my local Cit. Advice Bureau.
Similarly, have been on ESA since 2008. Was assessed 4 times. 1st & 2nd time: all fine, we recognise you are unable to work. 3rd time: you are capable of work, even though my health had deteriorated. Won on appeal. Same for the 4th time, but lost my appeal. Currently awaiting for statements of reasons, in order to launch an appeal to Upper Tribunal, also with help from my local Cit. Advice Bureau.
Meanwhile, living on very reduced means, having had to use food banks, and stressing like mad, which further impact on my general health, in a negative way. Cannot afford any kind of support. We do not hide in an offshore account the meagre benefits us disabled receive, we spend it BACK in the general economy. What is the logic of what appears to be a systematic persecution of disabled people? Current government should remember that us with disabilities can also vote.