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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.

6 17 missed medical as wasn't informed, ESA stopped.
by nancyfarrell
Nov 25, 2015 14:33:38 GMT

by su24nna
Oct 16, 2014 8:14:08 GMT
No New Posts Chit-Chat Board - 2 Viewing

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

45 501 apply for pip
by itsonlymedontworry
Nov 22, 2015 19:12:57 GMT
No New Posts A.O.B. Board - 1 Viewing

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

Moderator: Shell

27 165 P.I.P. tribunal court address
by slipmaster
Oct 18, 2015 18:07:06 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.

29 68 Ian Duncan Smith about to announce more welfare reforms
by thomo
Nov 25, 2015 0:09:16 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.

30 216 No ESA50 will be given to mental health persons.FACT
by slipmaster
Nov 17, 2015 21:17:19 GMT
No New Posts Applying for PIP or DLA - 2 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.

by Ingy
Nov 23, 2015 9:41:57 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.

55 524 esa assesment
by su24nna
Nov 19, 2015 21:07:49 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?

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.

47 399 HCP report advice
by lea7784
Oct 25, 2015 11:09:12 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.

46 247 PIP decision
by Ingy
Nov 24, 2015 15:36:32 GMT
No New Posts Reconsideration Process - 1 Viewing

10 20 0 points awarded for pip
by su24nna
Nov 19, 2015 21:13:22 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 - 1 Viewing

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

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 - 1 Viewing

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 - 1 Viewing

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

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

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Feb 5, 2015 13:48:42 GMT


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Ingy: Hi niffty, you can have a look at this, to see if it helps. PIP is about how your conditions affect you and your daily living. http://fightback.boards.net/board/45/applying-pip-dla Nov 6, 2015 16:35:49 GMT *
phoenix: To mand - I never really needed a Facebook account as I could read what I needed to without one. But if no one knows why the fightback page has changed, then I guess i might have to now. Nov 6, 2015 17:43:40 GMT
su24nna: phoenix it's not fightback page which has changed. It is all about Facebook changes yet again. Xx Nov 10, 2015 21:45:18 GMT
leosrfab: Hi, help please,I was placed in the support group in may 2015, i was in WRAG before this,I have a letter saying i have to attend a Mandatory Appointment for the work programme on the 25/11 and it clearly states that my benefits could be affected Nov 13, 2015 9:04:07 GMT
slipmaster: you dont have to go, call them up tell them you are in SG, Nov 13, 2015 9:08:14 GMT
leosrfab: thank you i just needed confirmation Nov 13, 2015 9:48:40 GMT
robofhull: newby here quick question if you have a medical assessment for esa and you have multiple sclerosis why do you need to be seen by a neurologically experienced person or gp,,,, but if you have a pip assessment with multiple sclerosis its an atos dick Nov 15, 2015 17:14:48 GMT
robofhull: cos the atos dick doesn't know multiple sclerosis Nov 15, 2015 17:15:08 GMT
su24nna: Message to all. We are moving office at the moment and for next few days. If you need us please email as phones will be a bit hit and miss until they're sorted and we are settled. Emails will always get through to us and we can answer. Xxx Nov 16, 2015 16:09:57 GMT
bev1: hi im waitng for a essesment with esa and i have to keep sending in doctors notes been doing this now 2 years,and just been awarded pip,how long will i have to keep sending in theses doctors notes Nov 17, 2015 8:59:02 GMT
zara303: Hi don't know what to do. I have been on DLA 2.5yrs. I have now had a letter saying they've relooked at it and I was not entitled to any at all. What's the best way to appeal? Nov 17, 2015 9:44:12 GMT
mand: Keep sending in (assume you refer to fit notes)until you are told otherwise in writing by DWP. This also applies if ESA was awarded/won at appeal Nov 17, 2015 14:56:10 GMT *
mand: I have started a new thread for you What's the best way to appeal? (better that way)go to this link and ask away :) http://fightback.boards.net/thread/1478/best-appeal Nov 18, 2015 0:40:36 GMT *
phoenix: Hi, is there a draft version of the pip form, like the ESA one, where you can start to prepare and fill in before the actual pip form comes? Nov 20, 2015 10:29:31 GMT
slipmaster: phoenix: there is an online (sample form)for guidance only, you cannot use it for pip claim, you must use the one they send you. Nov 20, 2015 12:40:48 GMT
niffty: Got my pip assessment at home Dec 9 any 1got any advice Nov 20, 2015 18:32:42 GMT
phoenix: Hi slip master, soz I didn't explain myself well (foggy head). The sample form for guidance is what I need so I can get a idea of what they will be asking me. Is it on this site somewhere?. X. Nov 20, 2015 18:33:46 GMT
su24nna: phoenix if you Google PIP2 it will give you the gov.uk website to download the example. But remember the only for they will accept is the personalized one they send you. Please also check the descriptors. It will give you indication of what expected. Xx Nov 20, 2015 20:51:02 GMT
iggy: I have relapsing remitting MS, diagnosed in 2009. Through the years didn't apply for DLA. Recent events compelled me to apply for Pip. Had medical 2 weeks ago & got rejection letter today stating I only have 7 points. Missed out by 1 point! :( Please Help Nov 24, 2015 20:30:07 GMT
su24nna: iggy you need to ask for mandatory reconsideration outlining why you disagree with the decision. You also need to ask for copies of everything they have used to a key the decision. Remember when appealing it is not your diagnosis but how it affects you. Nov 25, 2015 15:11:48 GMT