I'm looking for a little advice here. I have a diagnosed mental illness, and because of the severity of it, I was in receipt of Disability Allowance for a few years, up until the beginning of this year. When I was unwell during a terrible episode in January, I was completely out if and I left Ireland, eventually ending up in hospital in the UK for a few months. My D.A. was stopped as a result of leaving the country. I returned to Ireland in late June this year, when I was better, and I was told I will have to reapply for Disability. That was 4 months ago, and today I got a letter saying that my claim was refused. My mum sent me some money (€6,000) to help me get back on my feet in Ireland and after such a long hospitalisation, and they are rejecting my claim based on this (they are counting this money as means/income for 12 weeks, €500 per week, so I am being assessed with means of €500 per week for this period). This was a one-off gift to help me, as I was in a really desperate situation, and I'm staggered that I'm being rejected now. I literally had no money, nor possessions after being hospitalised (I had to buy clothes, new phone, pay rent etc) and this money is not income; it's an emergency situation, and I have spent most of the money getting back on my feet, with little money left now. I really need the disability allowance now more than ever and I am very deflated by the rejection.
Does anybody have any advice with this? I can appeal, but what are my chances of that working out? I intend to repay my mum when I can, so the money she gave is really just a bridging loan. Would it make any difference if I told them that?
Thanks a million. Really appreciate any advice.