hi, my husband is 56 yrs old and never ever been out of work, never claimed a benefit and when he does he's refused, My husband has myelopathy and was only diagnosed in dec 11 and as deteriorated fast, this affects is walking, lifting, bending, carrying, sleeping, his dexterity is very poor, he falls/stumbles ( now using a cane when he can because no feeling in hands ) we've had rails fitted so he can bathe, He has been finished from work due to the fact he couldn't do his job, this affects his whole life.
since the 19th april we are still trying to get ESA, we have had no money of them at all, good job we have savingS. this is still pending THIS WHOLE BENEFIT THING IS VERY CONFUSING
we rang my husbands neuro surgeons secretary this morning and explained about the refusal for DLA, she said she would speak to the doctor, and within 10 mins she rang back to say , She had spoken to the doctor and he had checked his records and had not been asked for any report and that we must tell them to speak to him. We also visited the GP this afternoon and he said he'd told them my husband could not do/struggled with all the above, he was shocked to hear we'd been refused and advised us to visit our local welfare rights office, which we did but its only telephone consults now on certain days ( closed today )
So apart from the above can anyone give us more advise on an appeal for DLA or any other benefits we could try for.