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Today is a Good Day - helen-louise
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Today is a Good Day
Today I received a letter (re-)awarding me Disability Living Allowance until September 2018, or until they decide it's time to make me apply for Personal Independence Payment instead. It is at Higher Rate for Mobility and Middle Rate for Care, which is the Right Decision.

Apparently it was worth spending six days filling in the form.

I'm extra pleased since I only received the "we have got your form and are processing it" letter on Saturday, so I had been anticipating many weeks of waiting. As it is, this is all sorted out for a couple of years and I don't need to worry about it.

The next thing I need to worry about is that I've been called for Jury Service. Which is everyone's civic duty, and ordinarily I would be entirely in favour of going to sit in a court as a visibly Disabled Person. However, various parts of my health, most notably the arthritis in my spine and associated neurological pain, have been so terrible lately that I don't honestly think I am capable of sitting still for hours on end. Also, my chronic fatigue means that I am not always able to take in information presented orally and I rely on adaptations like a voice recorder and laptop for taking notes at uni, neither of which I believe would be allowed by the court. So I have to write and tell them that. URGH MORE BUREAUCRACY.

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sammason From: sammason Date: 24th August 2015 16:12 (UTC) (Link)
My goodness! Unexpectedly good news about your DLA! I'm so pleased for you.

You're right that jury service is everybody's civic duty (I assume you're in the UK) but with so many necessary adaptations, you might distract attention from the case. There are other ways you contribute to our society. Such as writing the comment you've just written on this comm - thank you so much.
thekumquat From: thekumquat Date: 24th August 2015 18:23 (UTC) (Link)
So glad your DLA is sorted!
Getting exemption from jury service at least once is pretty much a formality so hope that could be sorted too - I don't think there's an option for very short trials only.
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