Hi I'm new to this site &looking for help and advice as, I'm confused about the whole situation!!
Basically, I have been in IB for a few years because I have depression&anxiety.
I didn't attend a medical,I written and explained why, and they said they would re arrange app, and they did.I lived in a flat and shared post box, where mail was sometimes taken,and I did not get the next app, they rang me and I explained this.
Then the next time I moved home, I did inform them of this but they sent an app to the old address.Which I did not know about untill I rang up afer not get any benefit for a few weeks.They said it was because I didnt go to a medical,and also havent attended other made for me, I explained why!!
I sent an appeal which I'm still waiting to hear about now!!!
It has been 4months since last income!!
During them months I see my GP regulary and I have medical certificates still running till MARCH 09.
After speaking to job center advisors I got told to apply for crisis loans, but they never told me the time it could take for this to be resloved.So realistically can I keep getting Crisis loans from Oct08-Feb 09?? I had help from family so I didnt try for this loan.
After waiting more weeks I rang up&they said apply for Employment&support, when I explaind this to my GP he said he feels I'm not ready to go back to work, and give me another medical certificate for 8wks.So I rang them again, and got told to try for Icome support, i did this, when I rang to see if claim had been dealt with, they said it was in Limbo&they can't pay untill IB center has made a decision or passed on!!(,I'm not too sure WHAT THEY MENT, AND THEY WERNT HELPFUL EXPLAING IT TOO ME???) So they said apply for C loan again or go on JS ,but my medical certificates say I must refraine from this,this certificate lasts till March09 I got this yesterday.
I went to CAB and they rang up for me, and was told it has been passed over now,to the independent tribunals.I will recieve a letter and they will too?? I'm really confused.Does this mean the appeal I written to them was declined(as I havent had a letter saying this) so I'm appealing again and thats why I have to attend a tribunal?
I have a few questions-
What is this tribunal, and why do I ahve to go to it?
Can a memeber of CAB come to this tribunal and help and speak alongside me? If not can anyone tell me what help I can get as I don't want to go alone and have no family/friends who will come.
Is there any additional information which could help me win this?Could I ask my GP for help, if so what do I ask for to help support me.
Do I have to make a new claim for IS,untill the tribunal is over,Even though I made it this month & now it has been (passed over) which is what they where waiting for.(to here back from IB (centre) before paying IS too me?
I'm really stuck & confused.
I'm scared because,what if I can't attend or if I do attend and I'm having a good day ,I dont want to be made out to be a liar.I mostly have bad days, but somtimes I have good ones too.
As most of you's know depression is hard to deal with as it is, and I'm having to try and sort this all out,Its killing me, I have no energy.
Any help and advice will be really appreciated.
Thank you emma lou