I get asked a lot of the same questions from different people and have to type the same things out over and over which makes my fatigue and pain much worse, plus it’s a bit annoying to have to keep explaining myself over and over.
So I decided to make a FAQ on here! I will keep this updated regularly.
Q: Have you tried looking what benefits you can get?
A: Yes I have and I get the only one I qualify for which is PIP.
I don’t get anything else as it is either I haven’t paid enough NI credits or because I don’t live alone, their finances get taken into account.
I have researched it all and spend many hours over the years trying and fighting but you can only apply for what you are eligible for, even with the ridiculous rules.
Q: Have you spoke to a benefits advisor/ MP/DWP
A: Yes I have spoken to numerous benefit advisors, my MP many times the DWP hundreds of times and even parliament!
Q: Have you tried benefit entitlement checkers like Turn2Us
A: Yes many times, but as I said, I don’t qualify for anything else or I would be claiming it. I am excluded usually because I haven’t paid enough NI credits or because I don’t like alone and their finances get taken into account
Q: Do you get ESA?
A: Even though I can’t work and am disabled with numerous chronic illnesses, I don’t qualify due to their rules and requirements which is ridiculous. It has been years now, it is not for lack of trying, it is that you have to meet their requirements exactly or like me, you don’t get a penny!
Q: Have you tried phoning them as you should get ESA if you are disabled
A: As above! Yes, many times. I can’t get it as per above.
Q: You are wrong, I get ESA and I am disabled
A: As above! I am not wrong. Read the site, read the restrictions and read what I wrote here.
Q: How much do you get a month
A: I get a total of just over £300 a month before any outgoings which is horrific and not enough to live off so I struggle every month!
Q: Do you have family to help?
A: My family are all dead, there is just me
Q: Have you tried cannabis?
A: Yes and it works well (actual cannabis, not CBD!), but I can’t get it on the NHS for pain and I can’t afford to see a private doctor.
I am currently crowdfunding on JustGiving to be able to afford it for up to a year as there is nothing else on the NHS and my pain is getting to a 10 again.
Q: Have you thought about buying <insert anything here>
A: I have £300 income a month before bills, I don’t have the money for anything!
Q: Have you tried <insert anything here for my chronic illnesses>
A: Yes I have tried literally everything over the actual decades I have had these conditions and no it doesn’t work (full list on my about me page). I have tried everything on the NHS as well and am on the last and strongest painkiller available!