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TOPIC: PIP re assessment

PIP re assessment 1 month 2 weeks ago #170843

My husband was called for pip reassessment almost a year before the award finished. he has gone from High Mobility and Middle Care to nothing. Total shock, we read the guides and know he scored at least 8 points on care they have given 4 disregarding the help I give him to dress his lower body and put cream on his feet daily and fact he uses aid for toilet. Also assessed he can walk 200 metres when he can most certainly can not. The usual nonsense was included in the report that he stood twice without use of his arms, he actually used a stick and the table in front of him, he supposedly touched his ankle whilst seated and his knees do not look swollen, so what, he has failed knee replacement and grade 4 arthritis in other knee, he is in constant pain cannot stand for more than about 15 seconds in stationary position and walks as far as the car (which he wont have now) which is a few steps from front door. Does anyone know how successful reconsideration's have been ? Should we challenge all incorrect statements made by the physio? He has bath lift, stair lift, walking stick, scooter, ramp to front of house all of which we took photos of to the assessment. Just angry at the moment we have been through this before with DLA and lost appeal but applied for pip two years ago and got three year award no problem. Now this! Just having a rant I suppose, you feel as though you are lying because the award had been removed when I know how bad things are for my husband.
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PIP re assessment 1 month 2 weeks ago #170847

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The first stage to challenging a Decision is for you to request a Mandatory Reconsideration, this 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
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