Can you believe this? My mom was refused disability!

My mom got her letter this morning from the disability office. And, they refused her claim.

Can you believe it? My mom has stage 3 COPD. She only has 50 percent lung function. She cant walk hardly at all, only very short distances. She is in the gold category for obtaining disability, according to the website. And still they’ve refused her application.

She’s going to appeal it. I told her I’d help her over the weekend to write a letter of support.

Its absolutely awful that this has happened. I wouldn’t mind but a ton of supporting evidence went in with her application, from the hospital, from her GP, and from specialists and consultants.

I doubt however that any doctor looked at it. I think a person who works there came upon my moms application, looked over it and just said, well, I am going to not pass this one. That is what I think happened. She had a decision about it back within a month.

She’s appealing now, and she said if the appeal isn’t successful she’s going to go to a politician to see if they can do something. I hope her appeal is successful.

What are they waiting for anyway? For her to be too sick to even be on it?

I mean my moms never claimed welfare benefits in her whole life. This is her first attempt at claiming. She’s a very honest person. Even when I was a kid, she never claimed carers allowance for me. She worked for 12 years. Now they said in the letter that she was fit for work. That she isn’t medically sick enough to get disability.

The thing is though she cant work. How can she work when she cant walk that far? If she was to go to work she’d be out of work more than she’d be in work!

Its a bloody nightmare trying to get approved! I am left with my mouth gaping open at the fact they’ve refused her even though their website lists COPD as a gold standard category for qualifying.

Yes, I am still blind…

Omg guys! I am so irritated!
I get this payment once a month. It is called blind welfare allowance, and it is payed to all blind people in ireland, the cheque goes into my bank account once a month.
So last week I got a review form to fill out. It gets reviewed once a year, to make sure none of your circumstances have changed. Which is fine, I understand that they need to do this.
But earlier in the week I got a phone call from a welfare officer, she said she needed to call out to my house and meet me. She said she’d ring in advance, but she didnt, she just arrived at my door this morning!
Good thing I was up and dressed lol!
Anyway, she arrived, asked me if I get a welfare payment each week, when I said yes, she asked me which one do I get, and how long I’ve been getting it!
Then she goes, ok, so I’ve met you, thats all I need, I’ll let the office know I’ve met you! And with that, she was gone!
I think she just wanted to make sure I was still blind! Lol! Imagine it! I am hardly going to get my sight back overnight now am I? I was just like, whatever!
It really irked me if I am totally honest!
The fact I am recieving blind welfare allowance, means I am blind for goodness sake!
Ah well, we’re all good now for another year at least!