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No New Posts Available Help & Advice Line - 1 Viewing

We have decided that to increase the help/productivity Fightback can offer to ensure nobody is waiting more than 2 days in the week for a call back, we are opening the advice line on the following days/hours:

Monday to Wednesday 9.30-4pm
Thursday 12.30-4pm

Any calls on a Friday may be answered if someone is available, however this will be outside our normal hours, as we need to keep a day free to catch up on our administration and advocacy work, we also want to ensure that we have the time to create new notes and assistance.

Furthermore there will be a weekly open advice session on the main Fightback page and Private group on a Tuesday at 1pm for two hours where you can either ring or post/message for instant advice.

Messages/emails and private calls will be answered outside these hours around the clock as before, this is because we have wonderful admin volunteering their time and expertise, with disabilities themselves.

If you wish to visit us in the office for free advice you may do so outside of these hours but by Appointment only.

Form completing will be carried out on Tuesday/Wed/Thursday only at 9.30am - 2pm and 4 - 6pm. Slots are being taken very quickly and we have had to limit them due to volunteer shortage at present. We have 100% success rate of both PIP/DLA and ESA with many not requiring a medical.

We also offer the Buddy service but only within a 50 mile radius, with the odd exception. Again this is just down to funds at present and lack of volunteers, but we are hoping this will change with funding in 2015. We are going to be holding Roadshows however so will be travelling to spend a day in many towns throughout the UK from springtime.

Please remember we are non funded and at times we are inundated with requests so please be patient.

Fightback General Adviceline: 01616727444

Advocacy help with forms/form filling booking: 01616675258

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No New Posts Advocacy Assistance

If you require advocacy work ie an appeal doing for ESA/PIP, remember I now do face to face advocacy work in all areas, subject to my office in Bury. (We are still unfunded at present so we do have to charge this.) The indepth legal advocacy work is completed on a no win no fee basis from any awarded back pay. Again this is the only way to keep things going and maintain our new staff training, hopefully when we get funding more information can be free. All advice is free but if you need help to help yourself then you can get in touch via fightback4justice@live.co.uk or call 0161 6727444

We also offer ESA50/PIP form completion services for a small suggested donation, at present 100% of our forms have resulted in a group being allocated to the claimant with only one requiring a medical out of 100s of forms completed.

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by lorrainel
Feb 5, 2016 23:13:31 GMT

by su24nna
Oct 16, 2014 8:14:08 GMT
No New Posts Chit-Chat Board

This is for all non related social welfare issues, for getting together and sharing experiences and supporting each other. Come and introduce yourself.

28 468 Introduce yourself here and tell us what you think?
by C.C.L.
Feb 6, 2016 13:51:23 GMT
No New Posts A.O.B. Board

This is for questions on any topics not covered by our Topic boards.

Moderator: Shell

29 168 Away from home, while claiming JSA...
by su24nna
Feb 5, 2016 21:46:55 GMT
No New Posts Latest News Links

Here we will post links to News Items that we think will interest you. Feel free to join in.

30 70 Exciting news from Fightback Towers.
by itsonlymedontworry
Jan 14, 2016 14:22:27 GMT
No New Posts Success Stories

Share your Success Stories here.

1 2 PIP Awarded
by su24nna
Mar 10, 2015 20:54:36 GMT

Disability Benefits

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No New Posts Applying for ESA

Thinking about applying for ESA? Or maybe you're already looking at an ESA50 form. This board will help you though the process.

30 222 Subject Access Request
by vision
Feb 5, 2016 16:33:03 GMT
No New Posts Applying for PIP or DLA

Are you about to apply for PIP or DLA? Need to know which one to apply for? Help with filling in the form. Don't do it alone, read this board.

88 424 PIP assessor comments disregarded
by confabulated
Feb 4, 2016 14:25:05 GMT
No New Posts Attending a 'Medical Assessment'

Have you been called to a 'Medical Assessment' or rather the WCA (Work Capability Assessment) and worried how it's going to go. This is the board to support you.

57 539 PIP assessment
by cd
Feb 2, 2016 18:50:33 GMT
No New Posts Work Focused Interviews

Who are these for and who has to attend. Find out about Work Focused Interviews here.

6 72 Work Focused Interviews
by nicam
Nov 12, 2015 16:41:15 GMT
No New Posts How to appeal if Refused ESA or placed in wrong group? - 1 Viewing

Applied for ESA and been turned down or placed in WRAG when you believe you should be in the Support Group? We show you how to appeal here.

47 407 Failed an ATOS medical, here are Michelle's tips:
by lorrainel
Jan 21, 2016 22:18:09 GMT
No New Posts How to appeal if Refused PIP / DLA or placed in wrong group?

If you applied for DLA or PIP and were rejected or placed in wrong group, find out how to appeal that decision.

48 257 PIP_ reconsideration letters and SSCS1 appeal forms
by slipmaster
Feb 6, 2016 22:54:48 GMT
No New Posts Reconsideration Process

13 38 PIP reconsideration advise
by debra2364
Feb 6, 2016 12:46:24 GMT
No New Posts Preparing for and Going to a Tribunal

So you appealed a decision against awarding you ESA/PIP/DLA or placing you in wrong group. If you appeal goes to a Tribunal, this board will help you prepare for that.

32 172 How to write a submission
by gamze88
Nov 11, 2015 10:51:06 GMT
No New Posts Sanctions and Hardship payments

Been sanctioned or trapped in the catch 22 of failing to 'qualify' for ESA but told you are too ill to apply for JSA? Find out how to apply for hardship payments here.

6 14 How to challenge your Benefit Sanction
by su24nna
Jul 17, 2014 9:21:48 GMT
No New Posts Overseas Claimants

If you are living overseas and still eligible to claim this board will help you through the complexities

1 1 Benefits Abroad Helpsheet
by fudwp
Jul 17, 2014 21:00:42 GMT

Other Advice and Help for Disabled People

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No New Posts FREE Prescriptions

Who qualifies and how to get them.

1 8 Free Prescriptions and Medication
by su24nna
May 23, 2015 9:35:25 GMT
No New Posts Help/Concessions available to Disabled People

beyond Disability Benefits, some other ways of finding help or concessions for disabled people.

23 57 Toilet Card.
by henrythewasp
Jan 21, 2015 13:29:23 GMT
No New Posts Pain Management how it can help with ESA/DLA appeals/applications

Keeping up with your pain clinic appointments can help you in more ways than one.

7 33 Mankoski Pain Scale
by Ingy
Jun 18, 2015 15:53:42 GMT
No New Posts Stress Management and Emotional Support

Something we could all do with a bit of. Share here what works for you and link to helpful websites etc.

6 6 How To Have A Stress-Free Christmas
by edwardb
Dec 15, 2013 14:22:14 GMT
No New Posts Useful Factsheets from other Organisations

Downloadable Factsheets created by other organisations that we think might be helpful to you.

15 21 Important Info For ESA WRAG and Disabled JSA People
by Ingy
Aug 20, 2015 10:41:14 GMT

Other Benefits

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No New Posts Benefits Fraud

Accused of benefit fraud? We can help.

12 83 DWP Overpayment Guide
by tom1
Oct 25, 2015 10:17:31 GMT
No New Posts Pension credits - 1 Viewing

Pension Credits, who can claim and how - find out here.

6 16 Pension Credit in Detail (New)
by Ingy
Sept 8, 2015 15:50:22 GMT
No New Posts Tax Credits

Tax Credits can be confusing and sometimes people get overplayed for no fault of their own. Find out what your options are here.

4 11 Tax is not supposed to be taxing!
by su24nna
Nov 5, 2015 16:42:48 GMT
No New Posts Universal Credit

Are you in the UC pilot areas? Need help to understand it all. Start here.

Moderators: Moderators, Admin Managers, Administrators

5 8 Universal credit or income support orf ESA
by su24nna
Sept 11, 2015 20:01:54 GMT

Other Consumer Advice

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No New Posts CPAs and Payday Loan Companies

CPA (Continuous Payment Authority) and PayDay Lenders can get you into trouble fast. This board tells you what your options are.

5 13 Student Grants and Housing Benefit
by Shell
Nov 17, 2013 11:34:48 GMT
No New Posts Fuel Bills

Back billing problems, high bills, rebates and special schemes. Find out what you can do to help yourself here.

5 14 warm home discount.
by su24nna
Oct 13, 2015 19:50:56 GMT
No New Posts Gym Membership

Thousands of gym contracts are unfair and unenforceable, find out what to do about it, right here.

1 1 Gym Membership and FIGHTBACK!
by bluehook
Oct 23, 2013 17:55:14 GMT
No New Posts Mobile Phones

Not happy with your contract or new handset? Find out what your rights are, right here.

3 3 Free Calls to Charity and Helpline Numbers with Vodafone
by edwardb
Nov 13, 2013 12:28:11 GMT
No New Posts Parking. Private parking tickets and how to fight them

Private Parking tickets and how to fight them, using the law.

3 8 private parking company abuse and intimidation
by su24nna
Oct 30, 2015 21:20:07 GMT
No New Posts Shipping Admin. Spot unwanted charges to your shipping

How to spot charges applied to your shipping that shouldn't be there, and what to do about it.

1 1 Template Letter to fight shipping ADMIN Charges
by bluehook
Oct 23, 2013 18:30:22 GMT
No New Posts Uniform Rebate

Work in a uniform? Find out if you can get a rebate on the costs and how.

by su24nna
Jan 26, 2015 19:47:20 GMT

Debt Advice

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No New Posts Bailiffs and Debt Collectors

How to legally protect yourself and your belongings, deal with being hassled, time orders, Council Tax debts, Caselaw and other helpful sites

8 33 Debts Older than 6 years (Statute Barred) non secured
by su24nna
May 8, 2015 17:11:56 GMT
No New Posts Getting County Court Judgements Set Aside

He's how to have a CCJ set aside

2 3 Judgement through county court
by su24nna
Apr 7, 2014 11:32:26 GMT
No New Posts Template Letters

Several really useful template letters to help you manage your debt problems,

17 36 Templates for PIP: GP, MR, SAR, Complaints, etc.
by spiral
Apr 11, 2015 14:29:20 GMT

Housing Advice

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No New Posts Getting Repairs Carried Out

4 5 who is responsible for my repairs
by slipmaster
Apr 2, 2015 21:39:56 GMT
No New Posts Bedroom Tax

Problems with Bedroom Tax? Start here to find out what you can do.

4 7 Template letter to appeal the decision to charge bedroom tax
by su24nna
Apr 16, 2015 16:28:55 GMT
No New Posts Discretionary Housing Payments - 1 Viewing

2 3 New-Discretionary Housing Payments-DWP Guide
by Ingy
Aug 13, 2015 17:20:38 GMT
No New Posts Nuisance Neighbours

1 1 The Law and nuisance neighbours - in depth
by bluehook
Oct 23, 2013 20:25:21 GMT
No New Posts Short Term Benefit Advance

1 3 Short Term Benefit Advance if you have nil income
by Ingy
Aug 14, 2015 17:41:02 GMT

Local Boards

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No New Posts Welcome to Local Boards

1 1 Want a board for your area - ask here
by bluehook
Nov 14, 2013 17:43:46 GMT
No New Posts Fife

2 5 Chronic pain support group
by fermer
Jan 10, 2015 16:08:38 GMT
No New Posts Lancashire

2 3 Morecambe, Lancashire
by su24nna
Feb 25, 2015 16:29:15 GMT
No New Posts North Staffordshire and Stoke

1 1 North Staffs and Stoke-On-Trent support, advice and help
by su24nna
May 1, 2014 8:56:46 GMT
No New Posts The Wirral

2 5 Doctors charging for medical evidence
by withnail
Feb 5, 2015 13:48:42 GMT


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pipinjustice: . The best thing to do in this situation would be to ask to be issued with a witness summons so that you have no choice but to attend the hearing.”[br]“You (the party summoning the witness) may ask the tribunal to issue a witness order, which will summon some Jan 1, 2016 12:08:16 GMT
pipinjustice: which will summon someone that you want to have at the hearing, even if they do not want to be there. You must apply in writing well before the hearing”. Jan 1, 2016 12:08:46 GMT
pipinjustice: For a summons to be issued:[br]If you do so, you (the party summoning the witness) will need to tell the tribunal:[br]• the name and address of the witness[br]• what the witness will say and how it will help your case[br]• why the witness is not willing to come to the Jan 1, 2016 12:09:10 GMT
pipinjustice: • why the witness is not willing to come to the hearing voluntarily. THIS WOULD INCLUDE YOUR MP OR THE HEAD OF THE DWP !!!!! DO NOT LET THEM HIDE BEHIND PAPERWORK .ASK THE TRIBUNAL TO SUMMON THE PERSON Jan 1, 2016 12:11:43 GMT
pipinjustice: posted on what do they know "summons and witness name and addreses DWP /ATOS tribunal rules" Jan 1, 2016 14:41:55 GMT
Ingy: Hi pipinjustice, you might want to start a thread on the forum e.g. http://fightback.boards.net/board/49/preparing-tribunal in here? :) Jan 1, 2016 18:21:54 GMT
pipinjustice: Hi thanks having problems accessing the right places Jan 4, 2016 13:12:15 GMT
celine: hey ,just wondering if anyone could help me with a pip appeal pls? i am losted and dont know where to start :( Jan 19, 2016 23:26:35 GMT
Ingy: Hi celine, try this to get you started. :) http://fightback.boards.net/board/48/appeal-refused-placed-wrong-group Jan 21, 2016 11:37:59 GMT *
dalegirl: How do I go about appealing a decision to stop my ESA. I wrote a Mandatory Reconsideration but they did not change their decision on my 9 points, so I have no income. I am waiting to hear about my PIP application at the moment Jan 21, 2016 22:24:29 GMT
Ingy: Hi dalegirl, have a look through this...http://fightback.boards.net/board/47/appeal-refused-placed-wrong-group :) Jan 22, 2016 12:22:18 GMT
bridget: Hi I've just joined this forum. My wife has suffered with M.E. / CFS for 14 years & Hypothyroidism for 3 years. She was on both higher rates of DLA, however we have just had to change to PIP and lost it ALL . Please Help Jan 27, 2016 13:58:07 GMT
Ingy: Hi bridget, have a look in here, http://fightback.boards.net/board/48/appeal-refused-placed-wrong-group:) Jan 27, 2016 16:11:35 GMT
mrfraggle: I have just received a Work Capability Questionnaire and am looking for advice but not sure which part of the forum to post. At the moment I am just looking for general info. Jan 29, 2016 11:40:15 GMT
su24nna: mrfraggle it looks like your question is about ESA. If that is the case please post in one of the ESA threads and we will move it if need be. Xxx Jan 29, 2016 18:44:33 GMT
dalegirl: Hi, I am trying to find the information regarding what you should know and what to do when attending pip assessment, tham Feb 4, 2016 19:20:24 GMT
dalegirl: Sorty, finger glitch !!! Thanks in advance Feb 4, 2016 19:21:29 GMT
bounce: Hello there, Feb 4, 2016 23:20:39 GMT
bounce: My first post on here. Just had a PIP assessment last week. Feb 4, 2016 23:21:00 GMT
she59: Hi, I am trying to find out what a written statement of reason should look like - as my ESA appeal lapsed - and was put into the support group however, not for the full period in my appeal - I have asked ESA for this as well as looking a the decision again Feb 5, 2016 12:27:19 GMT