Benefit forms - what a nightmare

Its been suggested to me that I maybe entitled to DLA (Disability Living Allowance) cos of my mental health. I just filled in the form and it has taken me 3 hours! I've worked on it solidly and have over 6 years experience of working in mental health myself and had all the relevant documents to hand and it was still the hardest thing I have ever had to complete. I think I'd have found it easier to resit all my exams for my degree!!! I'm sure the government makes these forms deliberately confusing so people don't bother claiming. I can't believe there are still people out there who moan about people who are claiming these kinds of benefits - you'd need a medal if you got through it first time. I've still got tons of photocopying to do and I've got to get it to the post office to post as its so big. Then I've got to wait for them to process it and get the money if I'm actually successful.

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2 replies since 30th May 2009 • Last reply 30th May 2009

oh I know that, when I applied for my Canadian native status, I needed geneology infomation dating back to 1800. Birth cert, death and maraige certs, family trees, and proof of active intrest in my roots

it was hard

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uurgh job centre plus...or 'public services' whatever the name is now..f*cking useless.

A doctors note should be the only thing you need for your claim arty! It's disgusting. There was something on tv about a family claiming for mobility allowence because their daughter was disabled, the mother got help from somebody from some organisation to fill in the form but it still took an hour - hour and a half, she doesn't have time to fill in forms she has to look after her daughter!

I'm on the dole so it's not exactly the same but they treat everyone like crap when some people actually deserve financial help! I have GCSES, I went to college, I'm learning new skills now, I look for jobs all the time, nearly every day but they still treat you like shit. I'm getting very anxious about if/when I reach 6 months on the dole, because they make you go on team builder courses and work in charity shops, the charity shop thing I don't really mind but still! There are NO jobs and I'm looking!! It's a recession, how is forcing me to do these things gonna get me a job AND they pay more when you do these courses etc so it's not making a difference!!! /rant

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