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TOPIC: Quick decision for PIP renewal: but zero points

Quick decision for PIP renewal: but zero points 5 months 2 weeks ago #170822

I supported a friend with severe anxiety and depression to his PIP renewal F2F assessment on 28 September 2016.

Yesterday (13 October) he received the Decision Letter dated 7 October (why do they take so long to arrive?) stating he was awarded zero points.

He is in pieces and I am trying to help and support him.

For the record, I made sure all available supporting documentation less than 2 years old accompanied the renewal form as its states, along with his previous PIP award letter granting him Higher Living rate and without a F2F.

Given the postal delay, there remains only 3 weeks to submit a letter requesting MR.

Question: Is it possible to make more than one SAR?

I am thinking if at this stage only the PIP medical form PA4 is requested, there's a slender chance it may arrive in time to construct a reasoned argument against the DM's findings which omitted the help and prompting from other people, as well as 'reliably, reasonably, regularly' etc.

His DWP records will contain potentially very supportive ESA documents, but these are more than two years old. At that time, the ESA assessor was so concerned about his mental state that she declared she would make the WCA as brief as possible and then send an urgent fax to his doctor recommending assessment and treatment.

Thank in advance for feedback, and all the best to everyone out there struggling to fight when you're down. I'm just starting to take in that I now have a PIP award after 15 months of stress.
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Quick decision for PIP renewal: but zero points 5 months 2 weeks ago #170830

  • Gordon
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It shouldn't be necessary to issue a SAR for the assessment report, your friend should be able to request a copy from the DWP office that dealt with her claim either by phoning or writing, it normally takes 7-10 days to arrive.

They will need to issue a SAR for the ESA documents as these are likely to be in offsite storage if they still exist, the DWP routinely destroy old documents, but I would not expect too much of these reports, given their age, that they are for ESA and the fact that they deal with mental health issues, I would not expect them to carry much weight, even at a Tribunal and certainly not for an MR. They really need up to date statement about these issues.

Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems
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