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Oh my, being from the US, I've been staying out of this, but I'm trying to hold back :)

You go Ann :)

Yeah, go Ann \o/ ...what have you got to say? ...what is it exactly you don't agree with me about?

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I certainly don't know anything about your DLA and probably don't need to. In my mind I try to equate it to Social Security Disability here, but it seems to differ.

I am enjoying reading this and find it informative and amusing also.

Thank goodness for differing opinions. Makes the world go around.

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RANT TIME

I know exactly what OBL is getting at and I must agree with him, but its not just DLA is with all the benefit system that we have in the UK,

I personally know loads of people who make claims for anything they think that they can get away with, when refused or questioned they simply go to a so called expert who will “help” them with the correct wording or phase, and the real facts are either exaggerated or put in a way that helps the person who is trying to get the extra benefit.

And I’m sorry to say it seems to me that the younger generations seem to be the worst because as they put it …………………..”ITS there god given right “……………to claim as much as they can.

It doesn’t matter that to get this extra benefit that someone somewhere has to pay for it, it is simply something that will have to get addressed by the government sometime no matter how unpopular it might be. The simple matter is this country cannot afford to keep paying out all these benefits.

I honestly believe having a leg cut off is not a good enough reason to get DLA on its own.

if there are complications ect ect then yes get it but as OBL has stated throwing money at you wont make it get any better , the money would be better spent on sorting out the root cause i.e. in our cases better fitting limbs ect.

This thread started with a statement about the DLA forms, yes they are very difficult to fill in, and they are meant to be.

Help is always available to fill these in starting at the c.a.b that have someone there who knows how to “work “the system, or even shock horror pay a local solicitor who “specialises” in stuff like this. You may even find one who will go no win no fee.

You may have guessed by this post that I don’t receive any benefits and to be honest about it I really hope that the government really comes down hard on the benefit cheats because if I can still work shifts as an aka why should I pay for some one to stay at home

Spending there day watching day time tv just because they think its there god given right to be supported.

If this post has upset anyone…………………… then you must be one of those who claims when you really don’t need to.

Many thanks ………………………..Mick

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I suspect most of the people that use this site with varying degrees of reduced mobility should get some form of DLA.

In the UK I get severely wound up by the abuse of the benefits system (various incarnations) DLA and able bodied builders/familes etc using their late Auntie Mabel's blue badge for car parking.

At the same time the system doesn't always pay when there is genuine need. When I was scraped off the road after my accident I lost one leg above knee and the other was a mess. I was wholly immobile for 5 months. I tried to get a benefit for that period. Was told I had to claim against my employer. They were oblivious to to the point that as a one-man-band, the employer was me and the "company" had no income whilst I was not working. the only way I could get benefits was to wind up my company and lose 20 odd years of credit and profile. Was a good incentive to get back to worK ASAP. but grossly unfair.

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I agree Caveman, I also get wound up by the abuse of DLA.........I know an individual who worked across the street from where I work, I have had lengthy conversations with her about how she had a bad upbringing etc. Her dad died when she was younger and I think it left some psychological problems for the girl........she was in her job 1 yr then left and when I bumped in to her after and asked her what happend..........she said ah! it wasn't worth the money so I went to my doctors and tolds him I was taking panick attacks, she claimed for DLA and got it!??? to this day I see her walking about fine, she has her own flat, doesn't work and claims DLA. I dont think for one minute she doesn't get down about her past but my god, if I were to think about all the times I have nearly had panick attacks just crossing a road because like you I was in a road accident, thats how I lost my right leg above knee. It just makes you think!!!!

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OBL, is right in what he says, I'm a bilat below knee that can't use prosphetic legs anymore, I'm wheelchair bound and still manage to work and pay my own way. Heathers exploits on ice will have people revising what is considered disabled from now on. :ohmy:

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I totally admire and respect what Heather can do. I wish it were the opposite, but she is the exception, not the rule.

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Just wanted to clarify a few points about Disability Living Allowance in the UK- this allowance is designed to help people with disabilities live their lives easier and aid access to activities, such as WORK. It comes in two components, Care and also Mobility, and, from what I understand, is judged on how a persons disability affects their everyday life.

This Allowance IS NOT INCOME RELATED. YOU CAN WORK AND STILL CLAIM DLA.

This is NOT unemployment benefit or a benefit to live off ... its an ALLOWANCE.

So some of the comments on this thread about DLA, have been a bit misleading, I think.

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Disability...g-Allowance.htm

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Just wanted to clarify a few points about Disability Living Allowance in the UK- this allowance is designed to help people with disabilities live their lives easier and aid access to activities, such as WORK. It comes in two components, Care and also Mobility, and, from what I understand, is judged on how a persons disability affects their everyday life.

This Allowance IS NOT INCOME RELATED. YOU CAN WORK AND STILL CLAIM DLA.

This is NOT unemployment benefit or a benefit to live off ... its an ALLOWANCE.

So some of the comments on this thread about DLA, have been a bit misleading, I think.

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Disability...g-Allowance.htm

Just to clarify... I knew this already, and I would'nt change what I've written in this thread.

Also, just out of interest... "Your entitlement to Disability Living Allowance is not usually affected by your finances, savings, or from any other income that you may be getting from work, other benefits, etc."

In fact, the link has reinforced how I think on this subject. I disagree that anything in this thread has been misleading...

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I totally admire and respect what Heather can do. I wish it were the opposite, but she is the exception, not the rule.

I beg to differ,both here and the USA more and more amputee soldiers are returning to active duty within a year of amputation.

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Hi Everyone

I happen to support everything Ann has said! :smile:

I get both components of the DLA and I'm not ashamed to admit that I need it! I've been an amp ever since I can remember and walking (although enjoyable and something I can thankfully still do) isn't something I can over do as it wears bits of me out (e.g. joints) much faster than they're worn out on someone like you OBL. So, the mobility component helps me with a car, or whatever I need to get me around. The same applies for the living component ... not wishing to go into great detail here, but there's only so much cooking, cleaning, dusting and hoovering you can do when both your legs are absolutely killing you. :rolleyes:

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Just to change the subject alittle.....where or where have you been Lizzie2 ??

:smile:

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and i agree too with what lizzie says, i'm very grateful for my dla, it helps me get around & also to get to work

maggie

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Hi Everyone

I happen to support everything Ann has said! :smile:

I get both components of the DLA and I'm not ashamed to admit that I need it! I've been an amp ever since I can remember and walking (although enjoyable and something I can thankfully still do) isn't something I can over do as it wears bits of me out (e.g. joints) much faster than they're worn out on someone like you OBL. So, the mobility component helps me with a car, or whatever I need to get me around. The same applies for the living component ... not wishing to go into great detail here, but there's only so much cooking, cleaning, dusting and hoovering you can do when both your legs are absolutely killing you. :rolleyes:

You profess to know more about me than is possible...

I can walk, though I don't call it 'enjoyable', so maybe I 'need' DLA too?... walking wears bits of me out faster than the average bi-ped... I need a car to get me around... is that enough reason for me to claim DLA? Serious question...

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