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yet more unfairness
it never fails to stagger me the unfairness of this benefit system, following a stroke some years ago I received ESA and DLA, this was changed to PIP and I initially received full mobility which was reduced to the middle mobility after an assesment and tribunal, whilst this annoyed me initially,mainly due to the comments made by the DWP, such as I am able to walk from my front door to a waiting taxi e.t.c, I decided to live with itas I didnt have the heart and energy left to dispute a tribunal decision, and I wasnt sure how to in any case. I came to understand that the DWP 's main aim is to reduce any payments as much as they can, so I left it alone, however yet another instance has arisen which I find totally unfair. Many years ago I paid into a private company pension, and at the age of 55 I decided to take this pension, initially when I started with itthe projections showed that I would get a monthly payment of around of approx £1700 per month, but due to mismanagement the fund was decimated and the payment is now just over £100 per month. this payment increases every year buy a few pounds and I am obliged to advise the DWP of any increase, by sending them a copy of my letter of intended increase in order for them to reduce my benefits by the increased amount, which they tend to do instantly. however this time, not only did I send them my pension increase letter, I sent them copies of letters from my gas and electric suppliers which showed their intended increase, stating that if my benefits were to be decreased by £4.00 per month due to a pension increase, is it not right and fair that they should increase due to the increase of my services, granted they did write back but their response was full of so much babble explaining why it doesnt work like that it was almost unreadable, I am all for fairness and can understand that if you are allowed a certain amount it is only fair that if you are able to secure monies from elsewhere it is only fair that that your benefits are reduced, but what I find disgusting is that according to this letter, the amount I am entitled to live on is calculated by MP's who are paid an obscene salary to start with which they can top up with expenses, which often total more than their actual salary, I have posted this more of a moan than an actual question ( I just needed to get it off my chest with like minded people) and I do not honestly expect a response