Entitlements and benefits

Entitlements and benefits.

This blog contains a little information about benefits & entitlements in the UK . I hope you find it useful-

I first looked online at www.gov.uk/benefits to see what I might be entitled too, and found to my relief there was quite a lot…On top of the PIP (Personal Independent Payment) that I had applied for and received while working, I could apply for other benefits.

First I completed the calculator on line that lets you see what you are entitled too, there are a lot of questions and information needed to complete the form, but once done i simply pressed the button to get another form posted back to me for my signature.

We had to attend an interview with the Job centre just to confirm the information was correct, then I had to post medical certificates out to the DWP every 3 months for about a year until I was finally put on a different banding; which changed my status from unemployed because of sickness to unemployed due to a disability.

This new banding meant a few things, I no longer had to supply medical/ doctors notes and was able to get my prescriptions free. This  was a GodSend! Fortunately the year before I had purchased an annual NHS prescription card which cost about £120 but was so worth it because having MS does not mean you get free prescriptions. My medications would have cost me a fortune, at the time each one cost £7.50 a pop and considering I was on 12-15 single percriptions a month you can do the maths.

Entitlements and benefits

 

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