Disability Living Allowance
Disability Benefits Centre
PO Box 36
Date of Claim: 24/11/2011
Date decision made: 31/01/2012
Date decision notified: 02/02/2012
Date of Appeal: 18/06/2012
Disability Allowance has two components: mobility and care. There are also two rates to, or aspects of, these two components: the higher rate and the lower rate. In order to be entitled to these, information you provide to the decision maker must establish that you satisfy the conditions.
A questionnaire is sent that you must complete, and then, you must then get evidence, obtained from a doctor, which explains your condition. Ideally, they need “an up to date [and signed] letter from a Doctor that confirms your physical disabilities, their severity and the prognosis for the future.”
An example of evidence of a mobility difficulty is the use of a “walking aid.” An example of evidence of care (supervision) needs is “in-patient treatment in the last two years.” Being “under the mental health team’ review” might serve as evidence of a need for supervision. Likewise, being prescribed “analgesia” (painkiller), or having, on examination, “obvious clinical abnormalities”, can also serve as evidence. This means that to qualify, a candidate must meet criteria, such as having walking difficulties, needing help with personal care, and at risk of self-harm or suicide.
In the case of mobility, if a persons walking is so limited “that they could be said to be hardly able [or “virtually unable”] to walk”. In the case of care, if you have “not had any hospital treatment in the last to years”, and/or needing “to be constantly supervised during the day to avoid danger”, you will not qualify i.e. satisfy “the conditions of entitlement for an award of any rate.” (Note: in some cases there is a middle rate, but again, these are determined in accordance with Regulations and Acts e.g. Social Security Contributions & Benefits Act 1992, section 73 et al.)
Nancy Krieger advances the hypothesis of John Henryism which states that in trying to deal with adversity (read, “white supremacy”), individuals with limited resources can fall ill. This can affect children inside the womb, reflecting how white supremacy can harm people prematurely, through the mother. Suppressed anger also plays a major part in raising the blood pressure, and contributing to sickness. Moreover, she also advanced that the body can physiologically react to bias even if this is not consciously, psychologically, processed or registered.
Dr Krieger says, “bodies telling stories that people cannot… children were not able to name their experiences but their bodies actually show they were being abused whether physically or sexually. (01/11/09)” At the same time, people, asked questions, may report less bias than they can recognise meaning that it is difficult to get a full accounting of what people experience. Susan Rosenthal has also suggested that the experience of injustice and impoverishment (itself, manifest oppression) is what contributes to sickness, and deficient health.
“People should be treated for whatever conditions they have” (Nancy Krieger)