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TOPIC: reapplying for DLA

reapplying for DLA 8 years 7 months ago #17958

  • kate
Have reading W+B's guide to changes in medical condition and DLA, I decided to reapply.

My condition whilst still fluctuating at times, has improved in two sets of symptoms (to some degree) for enough time, to be considered a more permanent change.

The DLA have acknowledged my request, not sent me a new form, and told me it may take at least 11 weeks.

I am reasonably sure that my DLA amount wont go down a huge amount, but at the same time a little concerned that what they take away, I will have to pay back, for that interim period. Presumably they let you pay them back slowly?

I think I was 'underassessed to start with' so my points must be near the limit of another level, maybe why they are not asking for more info?

I also need to know what action to take now - should I let my GP and other doctors know what my current condition is, so if they contact them, its up to date exactly? Would a list of symptoms and frequency do? (doctors rarely take accurate notes and often down play the symptoms).

Kate

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Re:reapplying for DLA 8 years 7 months ago #17968

kate
bloor wrote:

Have reading W+B's guide to changes in medical condition and DLA, I decided to reapply.

My condition whilst still fluctuating at times, has improved in two sets of symptoms (to some degree) for enough time, to be considered a more permanent change.

The DLA have acknowledged my request, not sent me a new form, and told me it may take at least 11 weeks.

I am reasonably sure that my DLA amount wont go down a huge amount, but at the same time a little concerned that what they take away, I will have to pay back, for that interim period. Presumably they let you pay them back slowly?

I think I was 'underassessed to start with' so my points must be near the limit of another level, maybe why they are not asking for more info?

I also need to know what action to take now - should I let my GP and other doctors know what my current condition is, so if they contact them, its up to date exactly? Would a list of symptoms and frequency do? (doctors rarely take accurate notes and often down play the symptoms).

Kate


Your post is somewhat confusing, but if you are asking if you would have to repay any DLA as a result of an improvement in your condition, this would normally depend on the date that you considered that your condition improved?

It is sometimes difficult to know if your condition has improved without the possibility of a relapse, but if the DLA Unit ask you from what date your condition improved unless you know for definite, it would be advisable to say from the date of notification. This will avoid any potential overpayment. Furthermore, the DLA Unit are aware that claimants cannot always provide precise details of any improvement, and will invariably accept the date of notification as the date of the change of circumstances.

It is always advisable for any healthcare professionals involved with your continuing care to be brought up to date with your current medical condition, and this can be done verbally or if you prefer, by written notification.

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Re:reapplying for DLA 8 years 7 months ago #17996

  • kate
Thanks. I suppose I am just trying to get an idea of the best way of approaching my situation - I have had improvements and I believe them to be permanant now.
But I also need to try to protect myself against a harse judgement as to how much it has changed - because they have not asked me to fill in a form, I am unsure about how they intend to make that assessment. I will send my doctor a list of symptoms and/or go and see her.
Many thanks the advice helped
Kate

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