*Disclaimer I just found out that the previous post was called Turning Sixteen with Fragile X so this is a sequel of sorts!
“Happy birthday sweet sixteen” sang Neil Sedaka – showing my age there aren’t I!
Sir turned sixteen on Friday, my little boy is now a proper young person but who knew the changes and admin that would cause.
I wrote a post a while ago about applying for school transport so he can continue getting the bus/taxi in September. No one has mentioned money yet..I guess that’s to come, but otherwise it’s sorted. It involved phone calls and a lengthy online form. The start of many it would seem.
Child Benefit was the next thing, we don’t claim, but sent back the form to say he was entitled to it anyway. This automatically produced his National Insurance Number, I’ve had the letter confirming it. Two down, many more to go.
DLA stops at age 16 and changes to PIP. I am currently beginning the process (and oh it will be a process I have no doubt) I had a letter earlier in the year asking if I wanted to be the appointee for him, filled out the form sent it back. Had a couple of snags with his payments, those are sorted. I received another letter yesterday asking me to phone up and start the claim, I answered a list of questions and now I’m being sent another form to fill in all the relevant and supporting details. Always a joy. The phone call lasted about half an hour including waiting to be answered.
At around the same time I attempted to open a bank account for him.. that didn’t go to well. I asked in my bank, they told me to fill out an online form, then bring Sir in, with either his passport or birth certificate and he could open the account that way. So I did and presto! He has has his own account. Marvellous. This was the most straightforward thing I’ve done!
In doing so though it raised the need for his passport to be renewed. Went to a well known photo store, the lady was lovely, we got his photos and a code to use with the online form. Filled out said form, but because he can’t sign his own passport I need a letter to say so… phoned the Dr’s who were very helpful and they sent my some supporting evidence. I enclosed my own letter and sent everything off. I had an email today to say they’ve received it. Of course now he’s sixteen he needs an adult passport.
I know I’ve got quite a bit done but it does feel as though I’m wading through treacle. It seems it’s okay for companies not to be able to do stuff because of these “challenging times” but not your everyday Joe Public. If they can’t get stuff done how do they expect us to? Especially when having a Learning Disability immediately makes everything three times more complicated.
That’s where I am at the moment, I will update as and when.