Hi, I have a DLA Appeal listed for December. My Low Care for Main meal test was removed when I asked for reconsideration due to deterioration of my health. I have been asked for £3,500 in overpayment which they wish the court to increase to 19 years overpayment. I know how the system works as I was benefits advisor for DWP for ten years. Although in addition to original problems with my hands for which I was granted DLA and Industrial Injury benefit 19 years ago, I now have diabetic complications, eating disorder, carpel tunnel, and depression and require help to manage these conditions and can still not make main meal, despite this DWP decided I do not qualify any rate of benefit or indeed ever have. Hence they are seeking the 19 years backpay from me. Part of their decision is the fact I am a Carer for my disabled daughter, I have taken a holiday abroad on a flight, I can walk (even though I have never claimed I have any mobility problems) I have worked for DWP, they knew I was disabled and I took discrimination case against them under DDA to get equipment I needed to carry out my job (they settled out of court)
I have the original DLA claim form and the Doctor who examined me for DWP ticked only on column which stated I was unable to chop vegetables, he made no other comment and I was given a life award.
Can someone who would have more knowledge that me on appeals advise does this mean I should only be judged on main meal test and if I still am unable to chop veg I should still qualify? Because the fact I can walk or go on holiday or look after my child should not be brought into the equation. They even state I have another child at home, he is fourteen and again should be irrelevant as this has nothing to do with my claim.
They have not considered my new medical conditions and have accused me in writing of trying to up my claim to a level were someone can claim Carers Allowance and anything I say is highly improbable and possible misrepresentation. I have provided proof of my medical conditions and they have chosen to disregard this even the Carpel Tunnel test which cannot be faked.
I am representing myself, any comments appreciated. Thanks
I hope to win my Appeal as I feel I have been treated appallingly but do want to argue the point I only had cooked main meal test and anything else should not come into the equation.