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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.

2 27 ESA
by withnail
Apr 25, 2015 8:25:32 GMT
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 883 1310

We also offer ESA50/PIP form completion services for a small fee, 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

2 13 New moderator
by fermer
Apr 16, 2015 15:20:47 GMT
No New Posts Chit-Chat Board - 1 Viewing

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

35 472 Pip assessment
by withnail
Apr 14, 2015 7:13:15 GMT
No New Posts A.O.B. Board

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

Moderator: Shell

21 104 Advice needed re work issues and benefits
by withnail
Mar 12, 2015 8:41:51 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.

20 41 YET Another hit for low-paid workers
by withnail
Apr 3, 2015 10:44:36 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.

22 130 no current medical back up?
by phoenix
Apr 16, 2015 18:49:09 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.

45 225 Complaint to nursing & midwifery
by mikaela
Apr 15, 2015 23:09:15 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.

58 505 PIP Assessment
by Eskimo2015
Apr 21, 2015 21:45:41 GMT
No New Posts Work Focused Interviews

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

3 58 Work Focused Interviews
by lionhear
Mar 18, 2015 9:57:58 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.

39 352 ESA & PIP?
by beaumist
Apr 23, 2015 18:52:35 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.

31 162 pip refusal, but but DM info not up to date
by withnail
Apr 24, 2015 6:04:48 GMT
No New Posts Reconsideration Process

3 5 JSA during Reconsideration Process
by slipmaster
Feb 19, 2015 9:57:18 GMT
No New Posts Preparing for and Going to a Tribunal - 1 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.

20 115 phoning you
by johnpaul63
Apr 24, 2015 20:37:06 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
Mar 10, 2015 20:59:33 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.

6 32 pain clinic
by cqs31h
Feb 24, 2015 2:25:11 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.

7 15 I've just had enough
by Infinity
May 23, 2014 4:22:24 GMT
No New Posts Useful Factsheets from other Organisations

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

12 18 Associations that deal with your illness
by Shell
Jan 11, 2015 2:18:56 GMT

Other Benefits

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No New Posts Benefits Fraud

Accused of benefit fraud? We can help.

8 45 house in France
by su24nna
Feb 15, 2015 17:08:35 GMT
No New Posts Pension credits

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

3 11 Is Pension Credit more than Income Support
by carobe
Jan 4, 2015 16:43:06 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.

4 10 Winter Fuel Allowance.
by thomo
Nov 10, 2014 22:41:17 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 31 Being Hassled by Creditors/Banks &/Or Debt Collectors, READ
by su24nna
Dec 10, 2014 21:57:09 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 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 Getting Repairs Carried Out

4 5 who is responsible for my repairs
by slipmaster
Apr 2, 2015 21:39:56 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 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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geegee55: Thank you for your help. :) Apr 15, 2015 16:06:26 GMT
su24nna: samra1985 it clearly states that if you are leaving the country for more than 4 weeks you need to inform . Does that make it clear to you? Apr 15, 2015 16:43:18 GMT
samra1985: And if it's for medical reasons do I have to get a GP letter for proof because don't want to come back and my benefits are stopped ? Apr 15, 2015 17:41:51 GMT
su24nna: Samra 1985 only advice I can give is as above. If you Nedd to clarify further I would suggest to contact DWP and ask the question. You don't need to give your name. Apr 15, 2015 20:39:33 GMT
englishrose63: foxyheartangel..how did it go? Apr 16, 2015 9:53:40 GMT
fermer: A big Welcome to all new members . Please have a good read of all forum as a lot of good advice available here at your fingertips Apr 16, 2015 15:24:19 GMT
englishrose63: Morning all... can any admin read my letter if I message you with please? It's an MR letter. I appreciate everyone is busy but just need some feedback before I post it xx Apr 17, 2015 10:01:03 GMT
fermer: Hi englishrose forward it on and I will have a look at it for you . Hope I have managed to catch you before you post it Apr 17, 2015 10:09:51 GMT
englishrose63: Hi Fermer thanks hunni I'll forward it when I get home from work x Apr 17, 2015 10:10:50 GMT
fermer: A big Welcome to all new members. Please have a good read of all great info in this forum Apr 17, 2015 10:12:36 GMT
englishrose63: Sent it Fermer x Apr 17, 2015 15:42:12 GMT
kerrynicnoc: anyone know number for advice line as I cant find it?! Apr 17, 2015 16:41:24 GMT
withnail: Kerrynicnoc - do you mean the fightback advice line? Tel: 0161 883 1310 standard rate Apr 17, 2015 17:08:44 GMT
englishrose63: 01618831310 x Apr 17, 2015 17:14:03 GMT
englishrose63: Oops Withnail you beat me to it :P Apr 17, 2015 17:15:51 GMT
sam: Hi been ringing all day with no answer been having panicky feelings everytime I look at my esa50 so have been ringing to try and book an appointment but it either is engaged or that the extension number not available does anyone know if phoneline is down Apr 21, 2015 13:37:07 GMT
withnail: Hi Sam - there is info on claiming ESA here http://fightback.boards.net/board/44/applying-esa - also if you like create a thread and we can discuss what options you have - depending on where you live we might be able to find you face to face support. Apr 22, 2015 7:07:39 GMT
su24nna: Hi Sam. Problem with phoning is we are non funded volunteers. The phone lines are constantly busy. Best thing is email fightback4justice@live.co.uk put urgent ESA 50 in subject ando someone will get back to you if you leave contact details. X Apr 22, 2015 14:17:00 GMT
sam: Hi withnail thanks for your response I have made an appointment with citizens advice. Basically I'm finding claiming a huge stress I have panic attacks everytime I try to look at the form silly I know. The info on here is great it just overwhelms me. Apr 22, 2015 20:59:24 GMT
withnail: Sam - the form is very stressful and depressing at the best of times. But don't worry, advice is only a few keystrokes away! Apr 23, 2015 6:40:51 GMT