Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024

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Hi, my name is stevenheather!

stevenheather Community member Posts: 23 Listener
Hi all it’s Steve I don’t have many ok days but having a good day and I wish you all the same


  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,793 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @stevenheather, and a warm welcome to the community!
  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community member Posts: 7,944 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @stevenheather welcome to the commutnity!

    Would you mind telling us a bit about yourself? :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • stevenheather
    stevenheather Community member Posts: 23 Listener
    Hiya and thanks for your message
    i am just a normal guy nearing my 60’s
    i suffer a lot with a herniated disc problem for the last 6 years and had 2 ops without success 
    also I suffer with depression quite bad and anxiety also the panic attacks at times
    i used to own a successful resin flooring business but that’s all in a shambles now
    sorry for all my wowes 
    today again I am having a good day 
    God bless
  • Liam_Alumni
    Liam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,101 Pioneering
    Hi @stevenheather, welcome to Scope's online community. :)

    Do let us know if we can help in any way!
  • stevenheather
    stevenheather Community member Posts: 23 Listener
    Thank you
    when my business failed due to my bad health in April 2014 I was advised to sign on to jsa and got 72.40
    not knowing anything about benefits 
    after several visits to the job centre the advisor noticed my conditions and refused to allow me to sign on and sent me to esa in the August 14
    I attended a f2f interview and they put me on
    ESA contribution 72.40 only

    Contribution based
    then in may 15 they sent me 3 parts

    living expenses 
    disability income guarantee 
    extra for support group

    my condition has got much worse so I have been advised by my mental health councillor to apply for pip
    i went to a drop in centre and they did a phone application for me last week

    what I would like to know is

    how long to wait for the pip form
    Would my claim be liable to the esa back date

    many thanks in advance for any help

  • debbiedo49
    debbiedo49 Community member Posts: 2,904 Disability Gamechanger
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