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TOPIC: PIP. Home assesment & partner attending

PIP. Home assesment & partner attending 8 months 3 weeks ago #154185

Hi

I've recieved my decision today. Standard rate care & Enhanced mobility & for 5 years. I was recieving the higher level of both with DLA.

So mixed emotions really. I'm considering a mandatory reconsideration , I have been awarded 9 points so far. Just a quick question, If I asked for a mandatory reconsideration, would any payments be put on hold until I recieve a decision?

Thank you so much for your input so far, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have got to this point so easily without it.

Chris
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PIP. Home assesment & partner attending 8 months 3 weeks ago #154191

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couchie wrote:
Hi

I've recieved my decision today. Standard rate care & Enhanced mobility & for 5 years. I was recieving the higher level of both with DLA.

So mixed emotions really. I'm considering a mandatory reconsideration , I have been awarded 9 points so far. Just a quick question, If I asked for a mandatory reconsideration, would any payments be put on hold until I recieve a decision?

Thank you so much for your input so far, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have got to this point so easily without it.

Chris

Hi c,

A tepid congratulations on your awards !! :)

Requesting an MR would not alter payment of the current PIP Awards.

If you have 9 points for DL, you would have to assess the chances of you picking up the extra 3 needed for an Enhanced DL Award without losing any of the 9 that you already have.

See the following generic PIP MR/Appeal advice :

You have one month from the date of the PIP Decision Notice letter to make a written request for a Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) of the PIP decision.

Sending Documents to the DWP.

You could also ring the PIP Helpline :

Telephone: 0345 850 3322
Textphone: 0345 601 6677
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

To request a copy of The PA4 PIP Medical Report compiled by the PIP Assessor at your face to face and sent to The DWP PIP DM to be used when the DM came to their decision.

If you have any problems obtaining The PA4 with a verbal request, you can make a written request which should be done as a separate issue to any MR request :

You can do this using a SAR Form :

SAR Form Download

From this page :

DWP Data Protection Policy

Or you can make the request in the form of a letter, as long as you make it clear that you are making a formal SAR under The Data Protection Act 1998.

Address the envelope : FAO The Data Controller, at the Benefits Office dealing with your PIP.

Write DPA 1998 SAR in front, top, left corner of envelope.

Once received, they have 40 calendar days to comply.

You should not miss your one month deadline if The PA4 or any other supporting evidence that you may be awaiting has not arrived.

You can make comment that you have requested this and will submit further evidence if applicable when you receive it.

Once you have The PA4, you can then pose any counter arguments to the PIP Assessors recommendations.

e.g. If they are stating that you can carry out a particular PIP Activity, has it been taken into account that to be classed as being able to carry out a PIP Activity, you must be able to do so Reliably and Safely for The Majority of Days

If the Assessor has stated that they witnessed you Walking a set distance have they taken into account the above, the time it took you to do so, and any pain, discomfort and breathless, etc that you may have suffered whilst doing so ? etc, etc, etc !!

You should be aware that when you request an MR, any current PIP Awards, Daily Living and/or Mobility, that you might have, can be increased, reduced or taken away altogether, as they will look at the whole PIP Awards afresh.

Obviously if you have no current PIP Award, there is no risk involved.

See : PIP MR/Appeals Guidance.

Disability Rights UK Factsheet - Appeals and Mandatory Reconsiderations.

Once you have gone through The MR Process, if you are still unsuccessful, you have one month from the date of The MR Decision Notice Letter to appeal directly to The Tribunal Service. (TS)

You should do this using one copy of The MR Notice letter (keep the othercopy) and the : SSCS 1 Form (Download Link)

All this is explained in our PIP Appeals Guidance

You should concentrate on reiterating where and why you should have scored the extra points with respect to the applicable PIP Activities and the appropriate scoring PIP Descriptor for that Activity, whilst cross-referencing to any medical evidence that you have, or may have already provided which indicates that you should have.

See also : PIP Self Test

PIP Points Scoring System

&

PIP Claims Guide. (2nd Link down the page)

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PIP. Home assesment & partner attending 8 months 3 weeks ago #154261

Bro58

Thank you, nice clear info.

I've phoned the DLA & requested my PA4. I'm going to take the weekend to go over my original claim, but it's pretty clear in my mind the areas they have nowhere near scored me high enougth, mainly managing treatments & therapies, & also toilet & incontinence. So I shall probably go for a reconsideration, maybe with a visit to the C.A.B for a bit of support.

Should I go ahead & ask for a reconsideration & then wait for them to contact me for reasons. Or should I back my request up straight away with my areas of concern?

Thanks again
Chris
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PIP. Home assesment & partner attending 8 months 3 weeks ago #154275

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couchie wrote:
Bro58

Thank you, nice clear info.

I've phoned the DLA & requested my PA4. I'm going to take the weekend to go over my original claim, but it's pretty clear in my mind the areas they have nowhere near scored me high enougth, mainly managing treatments & therapies, & also toilet & incontinence. So I shall probably go for a reconsideration, maybe with a visit to the C.A.B for a bit of support.

Should I go ahead & ask for a reconsideration & then wait for them to contact me for reasons. Or should I back my request up straight away with my areas of concern?

Thanks again
Chris

Hi c,

It's up to you, but you do have the one month in which to ensure that your written MR request is back with DWP by the deadline date.

You should take into account that DWP are not always allowing adequate time in the MR process to forward any further fresh evidence after initially requesting your MR, so it may be best to get all your evidence to them ASAP.

Have a read through our PIP MR/Appeals Guidance for further information.

Currently, the success rates for PIP MR's are not that great, but improve tremendously once you go on to appeal.

See : This News Story

Please keep us updated and good luck !! :)

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PIP. Home assesment & partner attending 8 months 3 days ago #155723

Hi all.

My request for a mandatory reconsideration is in the post. I sent it off signed for 1st class yesterday afternoon. I've just checked the tracking details & it's not got to them yet.

My consultation report turned up within 3 or 4 days of me asking for it by phone. I went through it really well. It wasn't really inacurate, but it seemed rushed & not particularily in depth.

Ther were a lot of things talked about that were not mentioned & a few things mentioned that were not talked about. I drew attention to this in my request.

I paid a visit to my local C.A.B & sorted out the best way to word a few things & iron out a few mistakes (I'm dyslexic so it put my mind at rest to get it looked over). They also copied my letter & further evidence for me.

Do you think once I know that the DWP has recieved it I should phone them to make doubly sure they know I want an MR, or hang on for a bit then chase them?

So, once again, with your help & support, another leg of the journey is under way, here's hoping it's the home straight.

Thanks again, I'll let you know how it goes.

Chris..
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PIP. Home assesment & partner attending 8 months 3 days ago #155733

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couchie

There should be no problems with you contacting the DWP about your letter but I would leave it a week before doing so to make sure that it has actually go to those who will deal with it, their internal mail system is appalling.

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