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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.

4 11 E-mail requests for MR for PIP
by slipmaster
Oct 5, 2015 17:25:32 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.

40 489 Introduce yourself here and tell us what you think?
by Ingy
Sept 30, 2015 16:28:14 GMT
No New Posts A.O.B. Board

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

Moderator: Shell

26 161 What happens when. I reach 65 in May 2017
by su24nna
Oct 7, 2015 17:44:31 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.

28 66 Can I get help with heating?
by su24nna
Sept 23, 2015 14:52:37 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 - 1 Viewing

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

26 197 ESA
by su24nna
Sept 21, 2015 19:06:46 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.

80 373 Hand delivering PIP2 claim form with added medical evidence!
by Ingy
Oct 8, 2015 9:33:32 GMT
No New Posts Attending a 'Medical Assessment' - 1 Viewing

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.

52 514 PIP Assessment - second one in less than 10 months
by zzzzz
Oct 8, 2015 15:46:51 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 Ingy
Jul 30, 2015 11:24:37 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.

45 391 Awarded 0 points Whats my chances?
by su24nna
Oct 6, 2015 19:24:55 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.

45 226 PIP decision
by Ingy
Oct 8, 2015 18:09:07 GMT
No New Posts Reconsideration Process

4 10 Reconsideration Process for PIP
by wills
Sept 12, 2015 10:32:09 GMT
No New Posts Preparing for and Going to a Tribunal - 8 Viewing

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.

29 165 Date for tribunal
by su24nna
Oct 6, 2015 19:29:16 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 - 1 Viewing

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 82 DWP Overpayment Guide
by tom1
Oct 8, 2015 15:35:17 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.

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

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 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

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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su24nna: jes27567 the telephone line is not manned 24 hours and as we're all volunteers with our own disabilities it is difficult to get back to you immediately. As stated on your post I will get back to you next week. Sept 6, 2015 16:22:48 GMT
su24nna: The shout box is only there mainly to say hello and let us know you are around. Due to restrictions of characters available more in depth questions need to be answered on a thread started by you. Xxx Sept 6, 2015 16:25:20 GMT
angeladam: hi there, im newish here. strugglig with my reconsideration like many others of you Sept 9, 2015 18:38:25 GMT
loulollie: new to site. ive had a quick look about and think i will find help here .. great site .. thanks Sept 10, 2015 9:16:08 GMT
caitlin: Hi can you post bank details to donate can see on this phone had to post last time thanks Sept 10, 2015 11:50:29 GMT
joyce: You can claim PIP/ DLA after you turn 65 IF you have been claiming this benefit before you turned 65 Sept 10, 2015 16:00:25 GMT
su24nna: Joyce. Not sure if this was a question or if it was a comment on what can happen. If so I would love to see the the evidence cos I keep asking this question of DWP and don't get answer.xx Sept 11, 2015 19:54:58 GMT
slipmaster: and su24nna yes if you have a current dla award or transfer to pip and meet the criteria, once you fail it you cannot get it again,unless you appeal and win. Sept 11, 2015 21:37:25 GMT
krista6041: hello Sept 14, 2015 18:22:47 GMT
tonybyrne: Can anyone please provide me with a copy of the letter recently posted regarding the none attendance to interview due to mental health issues, trying to help a number of veterans who are on supported ESA and have complete mental health issues. Sept 17, 2015 16:24:39 GMT
sara1967: Can anyone help me, i have been working as a staff nurse for 28 years and have been diagnosed with moderate/sever M.E can anyone help me with forms and applying as i dont have the concerntration span to manage this myself and no nothing about benefits Sept 18, 2015 21:06:29 GMT
bowandarrow: Good afternoon to everyone, Sept 20, 2015 11:14:47 GMT
bowandarrow: Can anyone help please with housing health forms? Sept 20, 2015 11:16:09 GMT
sharon71: look for help re PIP coming from dla, can i use my old dla form to help fill out my pip Sept 20, 2015 17:14:26 GMT
birmid: I have been diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis,Emphysema & Fibromyalgia.I failed an Atos test 2yrs ago and had to sign on. I finally got my first job last week at Primark. I'm only contracted for 16hrs, but may do more. How does this affect my DLA/Rent? Sept 23, 2015 10:32:07 GMT
su24nna: birmid. It won't affect your DR A as you can work and claim it. Housing benefit need to be told and it may or may not have an impact. It depends on many factors and off my knowledge of Primark I doubt if they will be paying enough to have an effect. Howev Sept 23, 2015 15:02:31 GMT
su24nna: Should continue to say however you need notify housing benefit so you are covered. Xx Sept 23, 2015 15:03:33 GMT
loulollie: need help with writting letter for mandatory reconsideration. can some one point me in direction of templates plz.. ty Oct 3, 2015 17:33:53 GMT
lea7784: could anyone offer and advice on my post in the forum plz Oct 4, 2015 11:25:32 GMT
sam28charles: the tribunal was really stress full & i forgot all about facebook so i lost coz of that what else can i do or is this the end for me Oct 8, 2015 20:50:27 GMT