I was on incapacity benefit and dla long term, but obviously because I'm pregnant they wanted to switch me to income support..... Just been on the phone and because my partner now does over 24hrs a week i dont qualify.
So now I've lost the incapacity benefit and I don't qualify for maternity allowance as I'm not on income support or employed
I dont no what to do.
What I used to get helped with the bills, so without it we are screwed. I've been sat crying all morning now.
You need to take this up again with the benefits people and get a second opinion, possibly appeal. You should still be entitled to your DLA surely? I'm not sure, if you aren't able to work anyway, why they would switch you because you are pregnant? Sex discrimination perhaps - you are being disadvantaged due to being female - a man would not lose his DLA in this way.
I think perhaps the CAB might be able to advise you.
None of the rules about DLA mention not being entitled to it if you are pregnant. The money is to help you with your disability. Presumably being pregnant does not stop you being disabled!! Nowhere does it say that your partners income is assessed.
Again, nowhere under incapacity benefit does it mention pregnancy. Presumably you would not suddenly be capable of working just because you have had a baby! However, they have changed this benefit unfortunately (evil coalition government) and because you haven't been working you aren't entitled to contributions based ESA (the new benefit) and you can't get income related either because your partner works. They are getting everyone off incapacity as much as possible and putting them on ESA.
It isn't jobseekers - it's Employment Support Allowance. So they don't expect you to be seeking a job. It's a rubbish name for the benefit really because nobody on it will be looking for work! I think they have changed the name to make it sound more "temporary" as the word incapacity makes it sound like you'll never be able to work, whereas the new name makes it sound like you might get back into work. Which, for some disabled people, is utter horseshit.
I don't think it's actually because of your pregnancy now I have been reading into this. They seem to be doing this to all people claiming incapacity benefit.
Yeh i was gonna say u should be entitled to income support once u reach 29 weeks,i would defo CAB hunnie and see what they suggest..hope they manage to sort it for you...stress isnt good for u or the baby so they nee a boot up there backsides xxx
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