Welfare Rights Officer, Welfare Rights & Money Advice, Rotherham Metropoli Member since 22nd Jan 2004
CCG - Whose claim? Mon 20-Dec-04 10:57 AM
Hello. Can anyone help with this CCG question? Client claimed £2000 worth of CCG for disability related equipment. Unusually high capital at the date of claim would have wiped out most of any award. The SFO refused on the grounds of low priority but strongly hinted that a reclaim when their capital was much lower would be looked on more favourably. She seems to be trying to help.
1. He cannot reclaim for same items within 6 months, but:
2. A partner can claim within 6 months, but the Pension Credit claim is in the original claimant’s name. IS/JSA has to be in the name of the actual claimant to count as a qualifying benefit. Does this apply to Pension Credit, or can his wife put a claim in as they are a couple?
3. Am I likely to get away with saying that they have had a new monthly budget which counts as a change of circumstance? (I would be guessing when though)
4. Or do I just trust the SFO to turn a blind eye to the 6 month rule, given that she suggested the reclaim and it is Christmas?
welfare rights adviser, sefton metropolitan borough council, liverpool. Member since 22nd Jan 2004
RE: CCG - Whose claim? Mon 20-Dec-04 11:47 AM
You cannot reclaim for the same items within 6 months unless there has been a relevant change of circumstances. Why was the claim considered a low priority? Was it because of their capital? I would try to argue that the reduction of capital is a relevant change of circumstances and take it from there.