awwwh hun...please do not give up!! that is EXACTLY what they want you to do!!! Yes , its true , the DWP appear to be fed up ( as are we all!) the ever increasing numbers of appeals , a right everyone has or had, but it seems they are making it harder, an ex colleague of mine is a Macmillian Welfare Rights Advisor, and has years of experience , is now being asked to be more specific on the REASON for appeal, she is also struggling with the obvious, so please do not feel you have done something wrong, or c*cked up in some way, you haven't!! may i suggest you print of a GL24 form again and resend it , and just say you disagree with the decision as they have made an error in law with the decision by not considering all the facts! end of.
and can i just explain what is happening to the CAB and put something in their defense, I worked for many years at the CAB , I did this as they helped me big time when my OH had a stroke and I had no where to turn for help. But since the cuts , all charities , including the CAB are effected, our council which funded our CAB had its funding cut by 48% ..
8 experienced paid advisers were made redundant , we calculated between us we had over 100 years experience! in our place , are volunteers, who receive very little training, they have limited knowledge, all they need to do is, answer the phone, ask a few questions, signpost or refer again for an in depth appointment.Its called "Gateway"...and whereas , previous volunteers were , retired lawyers, managers, graduates or just like me, people who really wanted to be there, they are now sent by the jobcentre, limited education, and the charity has to accept all the help they can get, as a result , those in greatest need are not getting the service and help they need! so sorry Crocus , I am following your posts closely , as I know DWP and ATOS have their cannon aimed our way too...i am just waiting for them to fire it! please please do not give up, keep plugging away, hope you have a better day today