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Welfare reform: £50 fine for errors on forms - Page 2 - Carers UK Forum

Welfare reform: £50 fine for errors on forms

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Too LITTLE benefit?????, Charles?

When hubby came out of spinal unit 18 years ago, the then DHSS put him on entirely the wrong benefit (incapacity benefit) and despite hubby's protests, kept him on it for years. Only afterwards did they finally realise that he should never have been put on it in the first place, because it was the wrong benefit for him.

Several years later, we are still repaying the overpayment of several thousand pounds, due to their mistake in the beginning. This is 18 years later. Image
Those DLA forms are a nightmare .. endless repetition.
A nightmare but more accurate than a DLA doctor who is not a specialist in the condition you have doing a quick 10 to 20 minute assessment ( and in my experience even a GP can do a better assessment even of physical disabilities- certainly more through) if you have complex conditions such as Autism. Probably most who have such conditions will lose their DLA and I will be force to try to get a job I haven't time for and have to neglect the house, shopping and a lot more other essentials and who knows what I am supposed to do about INSET days, school holidays, dental appointments, other medical appointments, hair cuts (mine- I guess I'll have to just let it grow and never cut it no matter how messy it gets), chance for me to have a shower and wash my hair (showering and hair washing for me will have to be abandoned-I'll just have to smell and have greasy hair), etc. My twins can only see the dentist if the one who has an appointment is the only member of my family seeing the dentist that day and the other 2 children are at school. I can't rely on holiday clubs to look after them- it may not be open after next week's holiday ever again due to lack of funding and there are too few places for you to be able to get the days you want even if you only want 2 let alone 5 a week- sometimes I haven't been able to get any days at all. probably I'd be forced to put them in care and let the state bring them up in the overstetched care system which fails even children without special needs let alone ones who need high levels of attention from their carers just to keep them safe.
Too LITTLE benefit?????, Charles?

When hubby came out of spinal unit 18 years ago, the then DHSS put him on entirely the wrong benefit (incapacity benefit) and despite hubby's protests, kept him on it for years. Only afterwards did they finally realise that he should never have been put on it in the first place, because it was the wrong benefit for him.

Several years later, we are still repaying the overpayment of several thousand pounds, due to their mistake in the beginning. This is 18 years later. Image
And from what I've heard mistakes are going to carry a penalty payment as well as you repaying the over payment in future- and I bet they'll blame and charge us even if they made the mistakes too.
Shampoo doesn't work, by the way. It strips your hair of essential and natural oils, forcing you to use conditioner to fake them back. Most shampoos contain dozens of chemicals, few of which have ever been tested on humans.

Spending money on shampoo is like buying bottled water, a total waste of money.

And as for haircuts, I used to pull a lot more when I cut my own hair, so who are we trying to impress?
Too LITTLE benefit?????, Charles?

When hubby came out of spinal unit 18 years ago, the then DHSS put him on entirely the wrong benefit (incapacity benefit) and despite hubby's protests, kept him on it for years. Only afterwards did they finally realise that he should never have been put on it in the first place, because it was the wrong benefit for him.

Several years later, we are still repaying the overpayment of several thousand pounds, due to their mistake in the beginning. This is 18 years later. Image
Fran, if it was their mistake (and especially if you can prove it), they had no right to claim it back from you.
Shampoo doesn't work, by the way. It strips your hair of essential and natural oils, forcing you to use conditioner to fake them back. Most shampoos contain dozens of chemicals, few of which have ever been tested on humans.

Spending money on shampoo is like buying bottled water, a total waste of money.

And as for haircuts, I used to pull a lot more when I cut my own hair, so who are we trying to impress?
Shampoo does work, it cleans grease and dirt off the scalp, but it will strip the hair of natural oils if it is used every day. I'm shocked how many people wash their hair every day, hairdryers, straighteners etc used all the time.
Bottled water like organic food is generally bought because of what it isn't rather than what it is ie I know an organic apple has no more vitamins than an unorganic apple but it's the pesticide I don't want. Excalibur I thought you were all for people using their skills and striking out, you cut your own hair, what of the skilled barber or hairdresser, just as well most people love the whole experience of salon visits and don't go as a means to improve their pulling power alone, if at all.
Vicky
Shampoo doesn't work, by the way. It strips your hair of essential and natural oils, forcing you to use conditioner to fake them back. Most shampoos contain dozens of chemicals, few of which have ever been tested on humans.

Spending money on shampoo is like buying bottled water, a total waste of money.

And as for haircuts, I used to pull a lot more when I cut my own hair, so who are we trying to impress?
If you have too many natural oils you need something that can remove them or you look like you have dipped your head in a chip pan. I rarely use conditioner as I don't need it unless either my hair is washed 2 days in a row or a hair dryer is used on my hair- both of which turn my hair to dry straw like hair until the greasiness comes back.

As for hair cuts I can run the clippers over my boys' hair (quieter than normal clippers only but my twins still don't like so it is hard work to do) but that is not an option for me. My hair is naturally thick so if I don't get my hair cut it becomes messy and it is like wearing a woolly hat (and causes bad headaches because it keeps my head hot) . Also I get acne on my ears if they are covered by a layer of hair all the time. Also I won't be able to drive as my hair will flop down in my eyes- head bands, etc either don't stay on or are uncomfortable (and do not look right either). Its not about pulling power- its about practicality, comfort, and not looking a complete mess- if I had to work no one would employ me if I didn't get hair cuts or use shampoo.
I knew that would get folk going! Image Image Image
To be serious, I have stopped using shower gels etc on my hair every day because I have noticed that they do seem to leave hair very fly-away: I've shifted to a shampoo and conditioner once a week or so and that seems to have improved the lustre and bounce a bit. As we get older, our hair does seem to become more dry and brittle, doesnt it?
I knew that would get folk going! Image Image Image
To be serious, I have stopped using shower gels etc on my hair every day because I have noticed that they do seem to leave hair very fly-away: I've shifted to a shampoo and conditioner once a week or so and that seems to have improved the lustre and bounce a bit. As we get older, our hair does seem to become more dry and brittle, doesnt it?
This is as it should be Excalibur, once a week is plenty unless you are down the coal mines every day.
Over washing will make the hair very fly away and also exacebrate any other problems, ie greasy hair becomes greasier and dry hair becomes more brittle, and never use head & Shoulders.
Now, on a more serious note, does anyone know if plucking eyebrows is better than waxing? Oh and while I'm here is the St Tropez DIY job OK for very pale skin or does it absolutely have to be a salon visit?
Vicky Image
Charles - well it WAS their mistake, but we still have to repay the overpayment. Overpayments have to be repaid by the claimant, whether it's their fault or not, it's classed as money that the claimant shouldn't have had, so has to be given back.
Totally unfair, but that's the rules.