Limiting Long-Term Illness Project
Residents of North East Derbyshire and Bolsover District with long-term health conditions can now get help to claim benefits and challenge decisions as well as representation at appeal thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The new project will support people with life-limiting conditions such as dementia, stroke, cancer, multiple sclerosis and heart disease as well as their families and carers.
Our aim, apart from to make sure you get the benefits you are entitled to, is to help to improve your confidence to deal with the benefits system and reduce your stress and money worries, which in turn may have a positive impact on your health. We also have a dedicated appeals representative who can assist you by providing representation at tribunal and we can put you in touch with services who can assess your needs for adaptations to your home or support and personal care to help you stay independent.
Anyone wanting to use this service can call us on 0300 456 8437 to speak to an adviser who can make a referral to our project or you can call directly on 01246 868843 and leave a message for us to call you back.
We are a very small team of advisers, but we may be able to provide home visits if you are not able to get in to the office to see us due to your disability or health condition. We are trained to understand the issues affecting people with long-term conditions and are able to offer a service that will meet your needs, if you let us know what they are. If you have any doubt about whether we can help you, give us a call and we can discuss your concerns.
Examples of the kind of things we have helped with recently:
- We won an appeal against a decision that a disabled woman must pay back £20,000 in overpaid Pension Credit that was not her fault
- We visited a terminally ill man at his home and took away the financial worries he had by sorting out his benefits and getting him a Macmillan grant to buy a reclining chair
- We represented someone at appeal who had been struggling to get Disability Living Allowance for 2 years. Not only did they get an extra £111 a week as a result, it was backdated to 2013
- We helped a wheelchair user to get access to services providing adaptations to her home so that she could get upstairs
- We assisted a blind claimant to successfully apply for Personal Independence Payments
This project also provides the same service to people living in Chesterfield Borough. For our Chesterfield service, please contact Chesterfield Citizens Advice Bureau.