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As a trusted and established name, Fightback has always been a go to source of information for many media outlets on topics such as Welfare Benefits. On many occasions, we have provided assistance to local and national news outlets such a ITV and the BBC.
Towards the end of last year, we were delighted to take part in a report for ITV which aimed to highlight the flaws in our current benefit system. The ITV film crew spent the morning in our offices where they interviewed a number of our past clients and team members. Here is the official video from our recent coverage on ITV Granada Reports. Once again we would like to say a massive thanks to Matt and the Granada Reports team for once again contacting us for assistance when creating their reports on the errors in the welfare benefits system.
UPDATE JULY 2020 – Jenny, The lady featured at the start of this feature came to sign up for our services on that day. This month we successfully advocated in her appeal and we are pleased to report her daughter has won enhanced mobility and standard daily living with our support. We are still to hear about the other gentleman featured in the video.
Founded in 2013, Fightback4Justice is an award winning, non-profit organisation, providing specialised, expert advice and help on various welfare benefit claims; from advocacy and representation at court to guidance with forms for PIP, ESA & DLA. Although based in Bury we offer comprehensive nationwide support, both face to face and through our email and phone advice line.
In the last few years our success has been so astronomical (we have a 90.9% success rate across all cases) our small but dedicated team are consistently inundated with hundreds of emails and calls to wade through; and as we rely entirely on donations, we have been stretched extremely thin. With this in mind, we launched our Fightback4Justice VIP Platform with the aim of helping as many people as we can.
Our aim with the VIP Platform is to provide you with all the tools you need to process a claim to the highest possible standard. Our resources and services will be available to you every step of the way from the Application Stage to the Upper Tier tribunal. Once you are VIP Member, you’ll have access to our extensive range of Information Factsheets, Completed Example Forms, Template Letters, Document Review Service and Assessment Preparation Service.
On top of this vast library of information and services, our VIP members have access to the VIP Email and Phone service where we guarantee a priority response, allowing you to talk direct to people in the know and get the help you need. To become a VIP Member, please click Join Now.
Thank you to Chloe for helping me with my PIP review forms. I don’t need an assessment, they have renewed my current award until 2025.
Jane Lizzie Holgate
18th March 2021
Thank you so much fightback for all your hard work. It has been a long haul, but finally we won at the tribunal, its been a very stressful 12 months but was happy with the result, low rate on both components for three years, i would recommend fightback anytime of the day, brilliant, friendly and helpful people, thank you so much Ian
17th March 2021
We used the Mandatory Reconsideration service after a recommendations from a fellow user as my daughters transfer from DLA to PIP was declined. Knowing from experience the system is difficult to navigate, I decided I definitely didn’t have the fight in me at this time,so contacted Fightback4justice. They were fantastic, calling me back at the end of their day to explain the services available. On deciding to employ the services of Fightback4justice, we had fantastic communication every step of the way. Happily DWP reversed their decision and I can safely say its one of the best £80 I have spent. Will definitely use Fightback4justice again.
17th March 2021
I was awarded Enhanced PIP on both Living and Mobility until 2031 from what I can see. Karen Brazier was on the call and was fab, so could not have done it alone and without all the help and support of Fightback. it was the first time I have ever applied for PIP so huge thanks and I would recommend Fightback to anyone who sadly has to apply for PIP, it is bad enough you are in constant pain.
15th March 2021
Fightback were great and gave me loads of help to fill in my DLA form for my son.
Syd was lovely she filled in my DLA form and took away the stress of the process.
Highly recommend fightback brilliant professional and get the results
10th March 2021
Excellent service, they helped me with my son’s DLA to PIP and checked his form. He was awarded enhanced daily living and enhanced mobility. They helped with my PIP form, checked the form and then checked over my subsequent mandatory reconsideration which has ben overturned from enhanced mobility only to enhanced daily living and mobility. 5* service the staff work extremely hard to help people with health issues.
8th March 2021
Absolutely vital service for all kinds of people who find themselves in the position of needing support whilst going through this difficult process. I paid for the form filling followed by attendance at the phone call and also subscribed to VIP membership where there was a wealth of information to guide you through. It gave me the confidence to know that I was doing the right thing and how the process should work and I had their back up should anything go wrong. I’m now delighted to say that I’ve been awarded standard daily living and enhanced mobility until 2024 and am so relieved it’s over for a bit and will allow me the help I need. I’ve paid a further months VIP and also made a one off contribution to help the coffers a bit – we all need to pay it forward however we can to make sure these guys can continue with their great work! Thanks once again FB4J! 🙂
7th March 2021
There whenever you need support to survive the whole process. I’ve spent the last 5 months in a state of complete anxiety and breakdown having to redo my pip claim after originally winning at Tribunal. I used the form filling service (Chloe) which is fantastic and worth paying the fee. I then had email and phone support whenever I needed it and was talked through the assessment process beforehand. With the support I have avoided MR and tribunal this time which is really a lifesaver. Anyone struggling to manage a claim should contact fightback. I will continue to pay a monthly fee as they deserve every penny of it. Thank you.
5th March 2021
Hi I am posting to thank Fightback for doing my review forms. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have just had a phone call from DWP asking me a few questions and the gentleman then informed me that I do not need a face to face and I am being awarded the same award I have been on for the last 3 years for the period of 10 years. This has taken a huge weight off my mind as I lost my daughter on 7th February and its a very sad and stressful time. . That phone call has just taken a huge weight off my mind. I would highly recommend Fightback to any one in need of help as this is the second time they have helped me and it has been positive fantastic outcomes each time.
Patricia Bagan Melia
5th March 2021
I would like to recommend fightback and thank Amy who assisted me with completing my PIIP review form earlier this year. I have been awarded enhanced for both components until 2027 and have gone from standard care to enhanced on both component from my previous award. I couldn’t have done it without Fighback’s help and assistance. I recommend them to anyone who is struggling with their claim for benefits and is needing assistance. Very professional and knowledgeable. Thanks Fighback for all of your hard work and dedicated team.
26th February 2021
Thank you so much to Chloe for helping with my sons transition from DLA to PIP claim. I had been stressed about this for the entire year before he turned 16 and now, 6 weeks before his 17th Birthday, he’s been awarded enhanced on both components to 2025 with no medical or telephone call.
Chloe took all the stress and anxiety out of my hands and made the whole claim process manageable for me.
I know I would never have achieved this award without your help.
Thank you so very much.
23rd February 2021
If you are having any problems with pip get these guys onto it, my mum had her pip turned down in September and she has now been awarded enhanced on both this service is amazing
20th February 2021
Thank you so much for representing me in court with my PIP tribunal, I am so grateful for all the help and support I recieved and I can definately recommend them if you need help. xx
19th February 2021
Fight back were very friendly and approachable. They took on my case after I received no points on my application for PIP and also again received no points on my reconsideration. I was going to give up at this point as the thought of going to a tribunal scared me. My friend persuaded me to continue and I knew Fight Back would be with me and support me. They applied for a tribunal date and it was while I was waiting for this I received a further letter from DWP. They had reconsidered my application a third time and decided to award me enhanced on both sections. I was shocked and it meant I didn’t need to go to court.
So please don’t give up despite the stressful process. The DWP do make mistakes.
18th February 2021
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If you are part of a working household that receives tax credits, you may be eligible for a new one-off payment of £500. The payment is being introduced to provide extra support after the temporary increase in working tax credit – that was introduced for the pandemic – ended as planned on 5 April. HMRC have released further details regarding the payment. A reminder – this payment replaces the ongoing uplift which was introduced due to COVID-19. HMRC have confirmed that:
– Claimants do not need to make a separate claim
– Eligibility will be confirmed either by text message or letter
– Payment should be received into the same bank account that tax credits are paid into by 23 April 2021
– The payment is not subject to Income Tax or National Insurance and does not need to be reported in a self-assessment declaration.
– The payment does not count as income for Housing Benefit.
For more information, please contact a member of the Fightback team.
Face-to-face assessments for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) claimants in England will resume from 12 April 2021. Face-to-face assessments for Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) (for claims for the additional health amount of Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP), will resume from May. Initially, this will only be for those who we are unable to fully assess by other channels.
People will be invited for their appointments by letter, which will clearly set out what to expect at their appointment.
Face-to-face assessments will take place alongside existing paper-based assessments, and telephone assessments (for WCAs and PIP), which will continue to take place where suitable.
From 12 April, jobcentres in England, Scotland and Wales will return to their pre-lockdown opening hours.
While jobcentres have remained open and fully operational throughout the pandemic for those who really need it, and Work Coaches have continued to support all their customers virtually – opening hours were temporarily shortened to 10am to 2pm at the start of this national lockdown in line with the toughened restrictions.
This is usually an indication that other services such as work focused interviews may be restarted face to face. We will post more as we hear it.
At the end of each year, Amanda collates our official figures for the claimants we have represented in court as full legal advocates. These figures are made up of cases which we have taken on for PIP, ESA and DLA and UC.
2020 was an extremely challenging year for Fightback. The disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic meant that from April, all appeal hearings took place via phone hearing. This meant that with short notice, we had to create a dedicated space for telephone appeals. We also had to contend with the constant changes in local restrictions and laws and last minute notice of these appeals of as little as 3 days. This would often leave us short staffed at numerous times due to quarantine periods and child care needs, but our legal advocates managed to attend all of the ones we were requested presence on.
With this in mind, we are delighted that we have managed to increase our win percentage rate to over 90% on average. We are extremely proud of this record and will strive to increase it once again in 2021.
Total of all Appeals – 386
Overturned early – 122 – 31.6%
Overall Success Rate – 90.9%
Total of all Appeals – 436
Overturned early – 74 – 17 %
Overall Success Rate – 89.9%
2018 – 298 Appeals at 87% success rate
2017 – 200 Appeals 89.5% success rate
It’s with the help and support of all of our followers and members that we are able to achieve such fantastic numbers on behalf of our clients. We would not be here, and would not be able to do what we do without you. While we know 2021 will be a challenging year, we are looking forward to helping as many people as we can and striving for fairness and justice in the benefits system.
We would like to take a moment to thank each and every Fightback follower for their continued support during the past year. It has undoubtedly been an extraordinary 2020 in every sense of the word. Like many charities and organisations across the UK, we were severely impacted by the Covid – 19 pandemic but we are please to say that, whilst we’re not out of the woods yet by any means, we were able to adapt, improvise and overcome obstacles to ensure we could deliver help and assistance to people who rely on us.
Despite the challenges we have faced, we’re delighted that we have been able to assist hundreds claimants over the past year. We are currently calculating our success rate for 2020 but early indications suggest that we achieved over 90%. We’re extremely proud of this figure which is even greater considering we were short staffed at several points over the year due to COVID-19 government guidelines and laws.
Our services have included free advice, assessment preparation, form filling, video court hearings and our VIP Platform services to mention a few.
Towards the second half of the year, we were able to create the Fightback4Justice Hometeam thanks to a local grant. This allowed us to visit and aid people in the community who were not able to leave their homes due to shielding. The role of the Hometeam has been crucial to so many people who had been suffering from a wide range of conditions such as depression, anxiety and a feeling of isolation brought on by the pandemic.
We’re very much looking forward to a brighter 2021 and we can not wait until we can bring back our face to face services such as office appointments, FB4J Roadshows and our monthly drop ins.
Thanks once again for your support.
We’re delighted to welcome a brand new member to our team this week so please give a warm welcome to Sonya. Sonya joined Fightback in 2020 and brings with her a wealth of experience in health care and science. She studied Medicine and Surgery at The University of Liverpool, with further specialised study in women’s health at The University of Manchester. Sonya has held clinical roles within the NHS and private sector throughout the North West of England. Her experience incorporates many medical specialities, along with dentistry and laboratory scientific analysis.
Whilst recuperating from a debilitating accident, Sonya completed further study at The Open University. This included English law and legal research. She graduated with First Class Honours.
Sonya works part time in the legal department at Fightback. She is ideally suited to the intricate analysis and evaluation of medical evidence that is involved in a great deal of our work. Her role as a legal advocate involves drafting legal documentation for the court, liasing with clients and representing them in court.
For the other half of the week, Sonya continues her postgraduate legal education. She is currently studying an LLM at Liverpool John Moores University before she begins her vocational barrister training. Sonya is delighted to have found a role that incorporates all aspects of her academic study and experience. Ske looks forward to a long and fulfilling career here at Fightback.
DWP have suddenly announced that they have changed the safeguarding procedure for vulnerable claimants.
This is not including past claimants but in future, a case conference will take place first rather than DWP just stopping benefits if a claimant fails to attend a work capability assessment (WCA).
This follows Upper Tier ruling where the court deemed it to be unfair. Since then we have successfully argued everyone of the cases we have submitted as Mandatory Reconsideration for failure to attend.
The change may also have happened because the DWP are in court for a two day hearing soon brought by the family of Errol Graham.
Errol who sadly starved to death in June 18, after his benefits were stopped because he failed to attend a WCA.
This was done without DWP checking on his mental or physical health wellbeing, even though he was known to have serious mental health issues.
The family are challenging DWP’s safeguarding procedures and the family’s lawyers are set to scrutinise the guidance issued to DWP decision makers.
Pip and UC important caselaw for terminal illness 2020] NIQB (N Ireland) as a Judicial Review case it is most likely to impact rules on if terminal illness awards ie proof you will be dead in 6 months. This has now been said to contravene art 8 human rights act – right to family live and peaceful enjoyment of your home/belongings (includes money) meaning in your dying days.
It won’t change rules yet as still ongoing but likely to in coming year.
High Court holds that special rules for terminal illness, in case where claimant cannot demonstrate their death can be reasonably expected within six months, are ‘discriminatory and ‘manifestly without reasonable foundation’
Upon careful scrutiny of all the evidence, I can find no evidence, justification or rationale to explain why the applicant was not deemed to be entitled to the enhanced rate of PIP for activities of daily living and the standard rate of mobility from the date when her terminal diagnosis was confirmed. This difference in treatment is manifestly without reasonable justification and is, therefore, in breach of Article 14 ECHR in conjunction with Article 8 and Article 1 of Protocol 1.’ (paragraph 104)
‘Again, upon careful scrutiny of all the evidence, I can find no evidence, justification or rationale to explain why the applicant was not deemed to be entitled to the LCWRA component of universal credit from the date on which she made her claim for universal credit. This difference in treatment is manifestly without reasonable justification and is, therefore, in breach of Article 14 ECHR in conjunction with Article 8 and Article 1 of Protocol 1.’ (paragraph 106)
At the end of each year, we take a moment to tot up our results of the course of the year so that we can provide an accurate figure on cases which we have taken on and have achieved a successful results on.
This year has been the busiest yet for fightback and we are over the moon with what we have managed to achieve. Our figures on overturned appeals for the past three years can bee seen below as a percentage. Don’t forget that we did over 880 appeals last year. Keep this in mind when you read over our percentage win rate.
2017 – 89.50% Success Rate
2018 – 87% Success Rate
2019 – 89.90% Success Rate
It’s with the help and support of all of our followers and members that we are able to achieve such fantastic numbers on behalf of our clients. We’re excited to keep this successful streak going in 2020 and for many more years ahead!
Towards the end of last year, we were delighted to take part in a report for ITV which aimed to highlight the floors in our current benefit system. The ITV film crew spent the morning in our offices where they interviewed a number of our past clients and team members. Scroll down to view the official video from our recent coverage on ITV Granada Reports.
Once again we would like to say a massive thanks to Matt and the Granada Reports team for once again contacting us for assistance when creating their reports on the errors in the welfare benefits system.
It was a great to welcome Tottington’s local endurance athlete, Liam Crompton into our office this month. We’re pleased to announce Liam has agreed to be our Fightback ambassador and we are proud to sponsor him in his future Triathlon events where he will wear the Fightback Man logo when competing. Born with crippling Cerebral Palsy, his family were told he would never walk, Liam has battled through adversity and pushes himself further than any of his able bodied competitors.
This year, Liam has completed in several major events including the Manchester Half Marathon as well as Triathlon and Ironman events, beating many able bodied athletes this month and even smashing his personal best twice and getting in the top 100 with his speed over the weekend. Liam is also the only physically disabled athlete in these competitions and no allowances are given.
He is a true Fightbacker and represents the strength needed to fight against diversity and strives to be his best. He is an inspiration to us all. See Liam’s page for regular updates on his story: www.facebook.com/mytriatlonjourney/
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