Hi, my name is bisselhead! I am here on behalf of my son-in-law.
Back in 2008 my son-in-law received an inheritance which he used to finance himself to study and become qualified as a hypnotherapist. He gave up his full time job to do this so never paid any NI during that period (about a year). He qualified and started his own practice using a spare room and a shared office in a medical centre. A few months later he suffered a stroke and heart attack and for a time it was touch and go whether he would survive. It has left him partially sighted, epileptic and with severe short term memory loss. He currently receives PIP He only receives ESA.in the form of paying his NI. They say he cannot receive any more than that because his assessment is based on the year 2008 when he didn't pay NI. Can this be right.
P.S. I am writing this because my daughter and her husband have become tired trying and a little apprehensive of the DWP following their experience with them. Anyone out there got any Ideas.