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DLA Tips 1 - sent by Jackie
« on: Jun 23 2003, 11:58 PM »
BEFORE FILLING IN THE FORMS - SOURCES OF INFORMATION
 
There is some information available from the following sources:
 
FROM THE DSS -
 
1)  Free call Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 88 22 00 - you can get discreet advice here over the phone without giving your personal details if you don't want to.  They will give advice about any benefit.  I have found this helpful in filling in the form if I am unsure about something related to my own particular circumstances.  Time on this line is limited due to the high number of callers using it, but they can arrange to call you back to help with form filling if necessary - note that it can take up to four weeks for them to do this!  
Textphone no is 0800 24 33 55
Opening hours 7.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday
 
2)  Another helpline specifically for DLA is 08457 12 34 56 - note that calls to this line are not free.  They will send you the form DLA1 which includes the claim forms and a leaflet explaining how to fill them in (but the advice is not comprehensive).  The claim form can also be downloaded from the DWP website (below).
Textphone 08457 22 44 33
Opening hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
 
3)  Leaflet DS 702 from local benefits offices or from the Benefit Enquiry Line.
 
4)  Local Welfare Rights Officer at the number for your local council offices.
 
5)   Information sheet DLA95 'Notes for people getting Disability Living Allowance' if your DLA is being renewed.
 
6)  Online about DLA from DWP (Department for Work and Pensions)
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/lifeevent/benefits/disability_liv_allowance.htm
 
 
 
FROM INDEPENDENT SOURCES:
 
1)  Your local Citizens' Advice Bureau or advice centre, address and telephone no in the Yellow Pages under 'Disability - Information and Services' .  See also Counselling and Advice section.  You can also locate your local office from your library, or Town Hall.
Online help in locating nearest CAB:
http://www.nacab.org.uk/cabdir.ihtml
 
For advice from the CAB online:
http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/nacab/plsql/nacab.homepage
 
 
National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux (they can also tell you the location of your nearest CAB)
Myddleton House,
115 - 123 Pentonville Road
London N1 9LZ
0207 833 2181
 
 
2)  Publications (some may be available from your local library)
 
a)  Welfare Benefits Handbook published by Child Poverty Action Group,
94 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PF
Tel 020 7837 7979
Fax 020 7837 6414
email staff@cpag.demon.co.uk
Costs 7
http://www.cpag.org.uk/
 
b)  Disability Rights Handbook
(from local library as the current printed book is out of print, but it is available in CD-rom version)
http://www.disabilityalliance.org/public.htm
 
3)  Useful addresses for advice:
 
a)  Disability Alliance
Universal House
88-94 Wentworth Street
London, E1 7SA
Telephone (Voice and Minicom)
0207 247 8776
Helpline 0207 247 8763
Open Mon and Weds 2pm - 4pm
Free factsheet on DLA available by sending a SAE
 
b)  Dial UK - Disablement Information and Advice lines, offering advice on disability
St Catherine's
Tickhill Road, Balby,
Doncaster, DN4 8QN
01302 310 123 (and minicom)
email:  dialuk@aol.com
http://members.aol.com/dialuk
 
 
c)  Disability Rights Commission (deals with discrimination)
08457 622 633
08457 622 644 (textphone)
email enquiry@-drc-gb.org
http://www.drc-gb.org
 
d)  Menieres Society
98 Maybury Road
Woking
Surrey, GU21 5HX
01483 740 597
01483 771 207 (minicom)
http://www.menieres.co.uk
 
4)  More online sites:
 
Advice about benefits in general
http://www.entitledto.co.uk/
 
general advice
http://www.bhas.org.uk
 
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