Login FormClose

Free ESA, PIP and DLA Updates

With over 140,000 subscribers our fortnightly updates bulletin is the UK's leading source of benefits news. Get the facts about what's changing, how it affects you and how to prepare.   Get your free benefits updates now.

Professional Members

We support both claimants and professionals.  These are just some of the organisations who have subscribed to Benefits and Work:

  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Spinal Injuries Association
  • Chesterfield Law Centre
  • Coventry Mind
  • Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Colchester Borough Council Welfare Rights

Read more

Welcome, Guest
Username: Password:
Remember me. Note: ticking this may affect members file download ability.
Members

TOPIC: PIP and Evidence

PIP and Evidence 2 months 1 day ago #170277

Hi all...

I've had a medical assessment done and I've gone from enhanced PIP to zero points across the board. I have PTSD and bipolar one disorder.

I scored highly on my first claim due to not being able to prepare a meal (I'm scared of knives due to PTSD) and I'm unable to budget due to not being able to be in charge of any budgeting (when I'm bipolar high I give money away and I cannot be trusted around having financial control as I could fall ill at any time).

Although it's my gp/psychiatrist that provide evidence for bipolar, the evidence for my PTSD and its effects come only from my wife, as she is the one who sees its effects everyday.

Is this an issue for my claim? I have asked the dwp but they won't tell me much...
The administrator has disabled public write access.

PIP and Evidence 1 month 4 weeks ago #170359

  • Gordon
  • OFFLINE
  • Forum Moderator
Jay

If your PTSD is not diagnosed then I think it likely that this is at the root of your lost points.

All I can suggest is that you discuss this with your GP to see what options you have in the short term for providing supporting evidence.

Other than this, all you can do is make sure that you have explained your issues in detail and show that you meet the criteria to score points. It's unlikely, based on your post, that an MR will be successful but you may have more success at an appeal where you will have an opportunity to explain your problems to the members of the panel.

To request a Mandatory Reconsideration, which needs to be done in writing to the DWP, within one month of the Decision, to the office that dealt with your claim, have a look at our PIP MR & Appeal guide for details of the process, the PIP area also has template letters that you can use to make the request with.

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claimants/pip

You should contact the DWP for a copy of the assessment report if you have not already done so, I would phone them but again follow up the request in writing. Once you have the assessment report you will have a better understanding of how the DWP Decision Maker has come to their conclusions and will then be able to argue against them.

Your primary task is to show that you meet the criteria, there are many reasons you may have failed, you need to address each of these but don't get bogged down in criticising the assessment report unless you can clearly show that it is incorrect, it is a lot easier to argue the facts of the situation;

"the assessor recorded that I walked 50m, I did but they have failed to document that I had to stop every 10m for a rest due to breathlessness"

than their opinions

"based on my observations of the claimant walking I believe that they can reliably walk more than 200m.

When you have a better idea of the issues with your claim, come back to the forum and we will do our best to help.

Gordon
Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems
The administrator has disabled public write access.
Moderators: bro58, Gordon, Mrs Hurtyback, shelam
Time to create page: 0.226 seconds