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Hi, my name is melvyn

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lassie
lassie Community member Posts: 4 Listener
Ive been on DLA and now on pip so im a veteran on these benefits..had the new form to fill in and got welfare rights to fill it in ..my son lived with me then decided to leave he was caring for me at the time ..my daughter comes to my home every day to care for me now as my son has niw git a job and moved out ..anyway i was down at the doctors with my niece and my brother came to repair my tap ..when i was out ..he answered my phone and a woman said hello its the job centre..is this melvyn he said no hes at doctors..she said so what are you doing on his phone ..he said taking calls while hes out because he dont like talking to strangers without someone being there ..then she said ill ring later ..he said he needs someone with him ..she ok can you tell me if his son lives with him ..he said hes just moved out last week and his daughter and family look after him ..all she said was that's all i need to know then said ill put on his papers he lives alone and put phone down ..i suffer from post traumatic stress disorder..anxiety..and severe depression..i also have a heart problem..had a stroke ..im a diabetic..asthmatic..and suffer from arthritis in my hands and knees ..and have a damaged spine from working underground as a coal miner all my life ..so i never had a proper interview off them ..im now worrying whats going to happen ..thank you 

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi and welcome to the community 

    If it was the job centre it would not have been an assessment for pip as these are always notified in advance and done by health care providers 

    Did you report to dwp about your son moving out ? Maybe this is what the call was about or has your son stopped claiming carers allowance for you 

    We can't tell you what the call was about you will have to contact them 

    If you are on other benefits other than pip you need to report all the changes eg living alone   change to carers 
  • lassie
    lassie Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Rang them up and said theres no need to ring us back ..if we need to ring you back we will do thats it 
  • Libby_Alumni
    Libby_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,251 Pioneering
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    Hey @lassie

    It sounds as if the phone call that you received was quite stressful and I'm not surprised, given that you weren't available to take it and understand fully what the DWP wanted from the conversation. I'm really glad that you rang them up to clarify this - do you feel a little more at ease now because of it?

    You mention that you suffer from PSTD, anxiety, and depression and I wondered if you were receiving enough support for this conditions? Does your GP currently know how you're feeling?

    Please do let us know if there's anything else that we can do to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Libby
    Online Community Information Coordinator
    Scope

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  • lassie
    lassie Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Think its just a waiting game ...my brother did tell them my son has left ..he was not getting cares allowance for living and caring for me ..he told them my daughter comes to see me twice a day to help me  ..she then said ill put it on his papers he lives alone ..she said thats all i want to know and never gave him chance to say anything else..she never asked permission for him to speak on my behalf..im lost with this one ..thank you for speaking to me it really means alot 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Do you claim other benefits apart from pip if so which and as my prev reply have you informed dwp of your son moving out ? 

    I only ask as this could affect your benefits 
  • lassie
    lassie Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Yes i sent confirmation he has left my home ..i do get esa and my pit pension ..i did everything above board ..local authorities knew he was here as he is student and just finished sheffied University. 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    OK thanks the call then could have been to check these details with you but that is just a guess 
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