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PIP & how to get it

Discussion in 'Benefits' started by Deespee23, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Deespee23

    Deespee23 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    From the Guardian...links might be useful...

    "Both ESA & PIP assessments can badly fail clients with mental health problems. The standard report response is usually "good rapport and eye contact, no rocking movements, looked well-kempt, etc etc".

    At our local CAB we are fortunate to have funded caseworkers to help clients appeal benefit decisions. To give an indication of the standard of these assessments, it is common for a tribunal to overturn the DWP decision and for the client to get an award at tribunal even after 0 points at assessment.

    The impact on the client can be devastating, clients can suffer mental health crisises. They certainly are less likely to move towards recovery and get back into a position where they can start to contribute towards society again.

    The appeal process now two stage and more difficult, after the mandatory reconsideration (at which the decision is rarely changed by the DWP), the client has more paperwork and deadlines to face in order to continue the appeal to the Tribunal Service.

    I hope Michael manages to return to his CAB when he receives the mandatory reconsideration notice, as the Tribunal Service are very thorough. I would estimate that around 90% of the appeals in our local CAB where the clients is helped by a caseworker are successful.

    For those who may need help with appeals (or friends who do) , these are good resources:http://www.advicenow.org.uk/guides/how-win-pip-appeal
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    #1 Deespee23, Apr 1, 2017 at 4:14 PM
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  2. Kieron10

    Kieron10 LADA · Active Member

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    I'm in the middle of this process. I receive standard rate on mobility and living allowance. My condition worsened (fibromyalgia) and as a consequence I'm in a wheelchair and that is a lucky day. I suffer bilateral hip impingements, jaw problem from grinding teeth in pain. Severe depression and anxiety, chronic fatigue, Diabetes has started to damage my eyes, peripheral neuropathy from untreated diabetes and constant high bloods, type 1.5 diabetic so my bloods are messed up. Many things wrong and I'm 32. Scaffolder not worked for nearly 3 years. But came out for assessment which i fell asleep during. My wife answered her questions. But everything in my questionnaire is completely opposite to her findings. Said i could walk.....I'm in bed for the most of the time and yet i can walk to the car. Horrible lady as well. Said my cognitive behaviour was fine....... Um lady look at the paper work I'm doing a CBT course!! Now taking 200mg of sertraline for my depression. Hate the waiting game. Said my hearing was ok yet I'm going Thursday for hearing aid appointment as my hearing is awful. 32!!!!!!! Thank you for this post.
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  3. Emer73

    Emer73 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi I am new here I also have fibro and been changed to pip and although I was on high rate for both on dla I am now only been awarded standard. As well as diabetes and fibro I have a range of other health issues. It meant losing my mobility car and a drastically reduced budget due to things like car insurance and tax, I am at current awaiting a tribunal date as been advised to persevere
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