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Hi, my name is Tracy2022! I can't claim any benefits as I am not classed as disabled- any advice?

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Tracy2022
Tracy2022 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
edited August 2022 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hi everyone - so glad I could join you 

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  • Tracy2022
    Tracy2022 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    I have peripheral neuropathy after a massive drop in B12. I can't feel my fingers or feet and I can no longer work - I can't claim any benefits as I am not classed as disabled - has anyone got any advice please?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,140 Disability Gamechanger
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    Entitlement to benefits has nothing to do with a diagnosis or whether or not you’re classed as being disabled.
    For PIP you must be between the ages of 16 and state pension age. Whether you qualify will totally depend on how your conditions affect you against the 12 PIP activities. 
    It’s not means tested so other household income, savings/capital do not affect the amount you’re entitled to. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/pip/
    New style ESA will depend on your NI contributions in tax years April 2019 to March 2021. You will need a fit note to claim this and your SSP1 form, if you’ve claimed SSP from an employer recently.
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-style-employment-and-support-allowance
    There’s also Universal Credit but it’s a means tested benefit and whether you’re entitled will depend on your circumstances. If you live with a partner you claim as a couple and your joint circumstances will be taken into consideration. If you have savings/capital of more than £16,000 you’re excluded from claiming.
    If you claim both ESA and UC together the ESA will be deducted in full from any UC entitlement. Use a benefits calculator to check entitlement to UC.

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello and welcome to the community @Tracy2022 how are you today? 

    I hope the above reply has helped to answer your query, but is there anything you're still unsure about? 

    How was your weekend?

    If you need a hand with anything please let us know, and feel free to explore the forum whenever you're ready. The coffee lounge is a good place to start, you can chat to other members and play games.

    If you'd like to see all the different topics for discussion just visit our categories page, or recent discussions for all the latest goings on!

    Alex
    Online Community Coordinator
    Scope

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  • Tracy2022
    Tracy2022 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    I received PIP for the first year - based on National Insurance contributions - then I had to go for a medical assessment where they decided I was fit for  work and stopped payments - I had a meeting at job centre plus - but they don't help you get a job - they are only there to help you if you are on benefits!! Vicious circle!!
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,140 Disability Gamechanger
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    Tracy2022 said:
    I received PIP for the first year - based on National Insurance contributions - then I had to go for a medical assessment where they decided I was fit for  work and stopped payments - I had a meeting at job centre plus - but they don't help you get a job - they are only there to help you if you are on benefits!! Vicious circle!!

    You are confusing benefits. PIP isn't based on your NI contributions and has nothing to do with your ability to work. This would be related to New style ESA.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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