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No New Posts Available Help & Advice Line

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.

2 2 Our first roadshow is now confirmed.
by su24nna
Oct 28, 2014 9:20:55 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.

36 476 Introduce yourself here and tell us what you think?
by su24nna
Aug 2, 2015 15:10:16 GMT
No New Posts A.O.B. Board

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

Moderator: Shell

22 143 Over 64 cannot claim pip anymore
by su24nna
Jul 20, 2015 20:51:22 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.

25 56 DLA For Children in Hospital Decision
by IngyBingy
Jul 16, 2015 7:39:10 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.

27 195 waiting for deceison
by su24nna
Jul 22, 2015 21:42:48 GMT
No New Posts Applying for PIP or DLA - 1 Viewing

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.

64 305 PIP To DLA (Updated) Timetable
by phoenix
Jul 31, 2015 18:16:43 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.

47 487 Wakefield ATOS assessment centre parking
by supasue
Jul 29, 2015 11:50:45 GMT
No New Posts Work Focused Interviews

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

5 66 Work Prog Memos-Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups
by IngyBingy
Jul 30, 2015 11:24:37 GMT
No New Posts How to appeal if Refused ESA or placed in wrong group?

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.

43 383 Failed medical having to apply for JSA
by su24nna
Jul 13, 2015 22:06:19 GMT
No New Posts How to appeal if Refused PIP / DLA or placed in wrong group? - 1 Viewing

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

39 204 PIP tribunal for care element.
by slipmaster
Jul 16, 2015 17:16:28 GMT
No New Posts Reconsideration Process

5 11 PIP.Mobility
by IngyBingy
Jul 17, 2015 13:29:20 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.

24 152 PIP tribunal and How your disability affects you
by cyberfruits
Jul 29, 2015 18:07:56 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 - 1 Viewing

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 IngyBingy
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.

14 20 DWP Funds That They Don't Tell You About
by IngyBingy
Jul 16, 2015 7:42:48 GMT

Other Benefits

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No New Posts Benefits Fraud

Accused of benefit fraud? We can help.

10 68 DWP Overpayment Guide
by tom1
Aug 2, 2015 8:36:12 GMT
No New Posts Pension credits

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

3 13 Is Pension Credit more than Income Support
by su24nna
May 26, 2015 8:04:26 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.

3 9 Tax Credits Overpayment, your options:
by maverickgypsy
Sept 24, 2014 20:30:57 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

4 4 UC - how to get the best deal
by withnail
Feb 17, 2015 12:12:15 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 13 warm home discount.
by su24nna
Jun 4, 2015 17:37:06 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.

2 4 Penalty Charge Notice
by su24nna
Feb 2, 2015 21:51:51 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 2 Discretionary Housing Payments
by Infinity
Nov 5, 2013 17:23:53 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 Viewing

1 2 Short Term Benefit Advance if you have nil income
by bryanr
Oct 27, 2014 18:58:23 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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withnail: Nice to meet you deborahdee - at your service! Jul 12, 2015 17:40:00 GMT
deborahdee: Thanks Jul 12, 2015 23:05:59 GMT
phoenix: Hi, can someone just explain the moving from one seat to another question on ESA, do you have to stand up and move across or is it just shuffling your bum across the seat to the next one? Jul 15, 2015 11:33:24 GMT
slipmaster: either, depending on what you usually do, can you do it without assistance from another person, if you can you wont get points Jul 15, 2015 15:30:53 GMT
phoenix: Hi slipmaster, do you get no points even if it a massive struggle. Sometimes I can with great difficulty and other times I need help. If I'm sat for longer than a few mins then I can't get up at all. Jul 15, 2015 18:55:05 GMT
slipmaster: the moving seat to seat is mainly about wheelchair users who need assistance or use a sliding board to get from w/chair onto toilet, i guess that does not apply to you,and you should be looking at a lower point score for stand/sitting less than 30 mins Jul 15, 2015 21:43:04 GMT
slipmaster: shout box is not the place to give detailed answers it would be better to start a new topic on the forum Jul 15, 2015 21:44:38 GMT
su24nna: phoenix. I have to agree with slip master. We can't give detailed info on shout box. You really need to start a thread. Xxx Jul 15, 2015 22:14:07 GMT
phoenix: OK no probs Jul 16, 2015 6:44:15 GMT
su24nna: Sorry guys I can't be around at the moment because of family crisis. If you post a question then one of the other adminis will answer you. Xxx Jul 27, 2015 16:01:55 GMT
scarlett25: I have just been moved from wrag group ESA to support group. I informed the DLA of this now they are saying I have no choice and must claim PIP why is that plz. Jul 28, 2015 10:11:09 GMT
phoenix: Hi, just a quick clarification on the put something in your top pocket question. Are they asking you to put something in the pocket or just raising hand to the pocket? Thanks! Jul 28, 2015 10:17:13 GMT
slipmaster: phoenix its about being able to lift your arm/s to that height. Jul 28, 2015 15:56:13 GMT
slipmaster: scarlett25 why did you inform dla about esa ?, it would seem whatever you discussed with them has been taken as a change of circumstances for your dla and they will now start the migration process for you. Jul 28, 2015 16:00:15 GMT
phoenix: Hi slipmaster, I just wasn't sure if it was just lift the arm to top pocket or lift arm and put something into top pocket. Thanks for confirming. Jul 29, 2015 8:41:13 GMT
loulouuk1: Hi I've just received a random £20 payment into my bank account as DWP ESA credit. I'm in the middle of trying to complete a claim to PIP....this wouldn't be the DWP stopping my ESA would it? Jul 29, 2015 10:53:31 GMT
dandelion: Hello all, New to this site. Just wanted to say ...Altho we wouldn't wish all this on any of you, it does give hope when reading all your stories that we are not alone in this battle .. knowing that many others are in the same boat somehow helps! x Jul 30, 2015 0:08:00 GMT
kazisedso: Good morning All, can anyone point me in the direction of a template letter in support of my claim for ESA. I have received the ESA50 form and i am trying to find a template GP letter to include with it when i send it back, have looked, but not found 1. x Jul 30, 2015 8:36:30 GMT
slipmaster: kazisedso try here http://fightback.boards.net/thread/891/template-letter-suits-various-conditions Jul 30, 2015 17:45:46 GMT *
su24nna: loulouuk1 sorry for delay answering. It sounds like they forgot to pay Christmas bonus for a couple of years and that is what payment for. We're getting this a lot at moment. Best thing is phone and ask them. Applying for PIP won't affect ESA . XX Jul 31, 2015 14:51:04 GMT