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DLA-sorry if in wrong thread!

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sarahcpt1 Sun 26-Oct-14 21:06:08

Hi,
I'm new here so sorry if I post in the wrong part. I've had a hunt around and couldn't find what section to post this in.
I just wanted to know if anyone else is waiting for a decision from the dla?
This is my first ever claim for ds who is 6yrs.
I sent my claim pack off at the end of August and havn't heard anything ATALL.
I rang them up 2 weeks ago and they said the claim wasn't on the system yet, then I rang them last week and got put through to the Birmingham office who said they received the claim on the 7th September (was supposed to be back by the 3rd September to be backdated and I stupidly didn't send it recorded). He said I should receive a confirmation letter in the next couple of weeks but surely to hear absolutely nothing for 8 weeks is just crazy???
Anyone else waiting? I am going to ring again on Friday to see if it's moved up in the waiting to be seen list.

Holfin Sun 26-Oct-14 21:11:31

I am waiting too. I sent it in beginning of the month and got a confirmation letter a couple of weeks later saying I should hear within the next 8 weeks. I hope we both hear soon !

Babiecakes11 Sun 26-Oct-14 21:12:03

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sarahcpt1 Sun 26-Oct-14 22:12:49

I sent in all the supporting evidence I had from school ,paediatrician etc.
I'm slightly concerned i havn't had any letters atall . Fingers crossed we hear soon.
Babie you sound like one of the lucky ones who heard fairly quickly smile

nothappymummy2014 Mon 27-Oct-14 06:28:17

You should have had an acknowledgement letter to say they received your claim.

We renewed our daughter's claim earlier this year - I think it took around 6 weeks for a decision but we kept middle rate and also started getting low rate mobility.

sarahcpt1 Mon 27-Oct-14 14:50:15

nope no letter . I phoned this morning and they said my claim has been SCANNED into the system but not REGISTERED on the system yet.In other words they received it the beginning of September and they havn't even glanced at it since.
They said once I have received the confirmation letter, it will be approximately 8 weeks from then so it looks like I wont be getting a decision for my ds this side of xmas!!

MrsCSoprano Mon 27-Oct-14 14:53:27

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SoonToBeSix Mon 27-Oct-14 14:57:47

Don't be concerned it is normal to take a long time. It is actually a good thing, as The DM have time targets they are much more likely to make an award from your supporting evidence rather than going from extra evidence which can be time consuming and can cause problems if they ask the wrong person who is not fully aware of your ds needs.

SoonToBeSix Mon 27-Oct-14 14:58:48

Mrs yes dla for under 16's.

bluetrain Mon 27-Oct-14 14:59:41

I also sent DS's form away at the end of august and got the award last week. it was a lot quicker than I thought it would be. hopefully it won't be long for you.

bluetrain Mon 27-Oct-14 15:01:11

also, I only got the confirmation letter saying they'd received the form a couple of days before I got the award letter.

MrsCSoprano Mon 27-Oct-14 15:05:54

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austin2586 Mon 27-Oct-14 15:12:24

This is my first post, was wondering what conditions you can claim DLA for? All of my children have poor vision the worst being my oldest daughter. Her last prescription was for +11.75 (+ just means long sighted), with out glasses she can not even see the largest letter on the vision chart. She is not at her full prescription yet as it is quite powerful and would be to much so I'm told. The hospital have been graudually increasing it since she was 10 months old. She has had 3 operations on her eyes to help corrsct her squint which as a baby measured at 95 degrees which meant the eye disappeared into the corner completley and you couldn't see the blue iris or her pupil at all. My question is would she/me beable to claim DLA? The reason I want to claim is the cost of her glasses, the last pair cost me over £500 and they get changed at least twicw a year. She is entilted to free contact lenses on NHS as her vision is so poor but at only 7 that is really no help.

SoonToBeSix Mon 27-Oct-14 15:17:59

Austin yes you can claim for being partial sighted. At 7 the DM may decide she doesn't need and extra care due to her poor eye sight than a child will normal vision. However it is definitely worth applying.

Babiecakes11 Mon 27-Oct-14 15:19:05

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austin2586 Mon 27-Oct-14 15:30:04

Thank you for your advice. I would agree that she may not need extra care as this is normal to her and she copes really well. Just wish that there was some sort of help towards the cost of her lenses as it doesn't seem fair that children with less need for them (reading glasses) get the full cost of their prescription meet. I am not at all saying that those children shouldn't get glasses just there should be a system in place that allows for people that need higher prescriptions to get more NHS funding then those how don't as at present the amount is the same. All children and adults come to that should recieve the glasses they need no matter what the prescription is. Thanks again

SoonToBeSix Mon 27-Oct-14 15:35:10

Austin being " normal" to her and " coping really well" doesn't mean that she doesn't need more care than a child without vision problems. Often we can underestimate our childrens needs as they " cope well" . I would take a look at the form and download the cerebra guide.

austin2586 Mon 27-Oct-14 15:41:20

I guess your right. All of my children do have poor vision so its hard to judge, my yougest daughter aged 2 has the best vision of them all but still quite poor. Her last glasses prescription was +5 in the right eye and +4.5 in the left. I have noticed the difference between the 2 of them so much so that I really believed before her first sight check at 12 months that her vision was normal, came as a complete shock when was told its actually quite poor. but prescriptions go up in quarters so there is quite a big difference between 11.75 and 4.5.

Babiecakes11 Mon 27-Oct-14 16:15:55

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starfishmummy Mon 27-Oct-14 16:57:17

The thing with dla.is that there is no easy "yes" she is entitled. You really need to apply. The cerbera guide is really helpful and perhaps there is a specialist nurse or someone that you see regularly?

Dla.consists of care and mobility components.at different rates. Sounds like you should claim both for all of your children (mobility covers things like needing help when they are out to keep them safe. And think about what their needs are comapred to an average child - can they see uneven pavements, hazards, how do they manage steps and kerbs?)

carrielou2007 Mon 27-Oct-14 19:49:18

Sorry to jump in low vision you say? I lost sight in one eye and very poor in other eye (-14.5) would I be able to claim anything for me? Work have provided some equip my biggest change is very limited for driving and can't drive when it's dark so taxi to work etc big cost whilst my car sits outside hmm

Babiecakes11 Mon 27-Oct-14 20:59:29

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SoonToBeSix Mon 27-Oct-14 21:26:03

Possibly Carrie but it's pip you would need to claim.

carrielou2007 Mon 27-Oct-14 21:46:14

Thank you, I had some leaflets from the eye hospital but didn' really look at them. It does affect me at work massively and since going back to work (mat leave) have pretty much 'scraped by' but struggling. Can't afford to lose my job just because I'm struggling to see but can't do my job if I can't see. Single parent of three so I just try to get on with it hope the other eye waits until morgage paid off before it goes too hmm

sarahcpt1 Wed 29-Oct-14 22:14:47

soon-thanks for the info above that's made me feel a bit better about waiting.

blue- I have heard a few people say they got the confirmation letter then the award letter straight after. You sound like you were quite lucky though not having to wait too long. Do you know how long it took the decision maker to decide once your forms were passed to them?

carrie and Austin-Good luck with your claims.

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