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TOPIC: PIP stopped after v unsatisfactory interview MR

PIP stopped after v unsatisfactory interview MR 8 months 3 weeks ago #153999

As my condition has got worse recently, I believe I am entitled to enhanced amount of PIP I am currently receiving standard.

I wondered if anyone could advise me how to go about this.
I am also on ESA (Support group) and should have been reassesed but haven't been. I don't want to rock the boat, but the extra PIP would help pay for my therapies.
Thanks
Last Edit: 8 months 3 weeks ago by bro58.
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PIP stopped after v unsatisfactory interview MR 8 months 3 weeks ago #154008

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HelenC wrote:
As my condition has got worse recently, I believe I am entitled to enhanced amount of PIP I am currently receiving standard.

I wondered if anyone could advise me how to go about this.
I am also on ESA (Support group) and should have been reassesed but haven't been. I don't want to rock the boat, but the extra PIP would help pay for my therapies.
Thanks

Hi HC,

Thanks for starting a new topic for your PIP query rather than tagging on to your previous : ESA Topics

Please keep all future PIP queries to this topic.

If you wish to seek a greater PIP award, you would need to report a Change of Circumstances (C of C) to DWP PIP in the form of a letter requesting a review of your current PIP award :

Sending Documents to the DWP.

The review carried out as a result of reporting the C of C, would almost certainly result in you going through the whole PIP Assessment process once more, PIP 2, possible face to face, etc.

As result of the review, your existing award could remain the same, be increased, reduced or taken away altogether.

So, before reporting the C of C you need to risk assess the likelihood of losing your current awards and the potential for receiving increased awards :

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

How The PIP Points Scoring System Works.

PIP Self Test

Any decision made as a result of the review will take effect straight away, from the date that you reported the C of C.

You should Bookmark/Favourite this page in your Internet Browser now.

That way you can return to this topic easily to pose any further queries that you may have by replying to the topic.

See : This Topic also !

Thanks in anticipation of your future co-operation in keeping all your PIP related queries to this topic ! :)

bro58
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Last Edit: 8 months 3 weeks ago by bro58.
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PIP stopped after v unsatisfactory interview MR 2 months 4 weeks ago #167965

I was on standard rate PIP and am on ESA Support group (due for review but not heard yet)

I was called for PIP reassessment. As I have complex issues mainly to do with Complex PTSD and Dissociative disorder, I submitted paperwork as detailed as possible. This was detailed form, detailed letter from my psychotherapist and a letter from Mental Health services that was inadequate and didn't reflect the severity of my difficulties with daily living. In hindsight I should maybe not have submitted that but thought it would help if they saw I was at least under MH services.
I included the difficulty with fibromyalgia, fatigue and pain although I did not expect mobility PIP.

I was really appalled when they not only stopped the benefit forthwith but scored me zero for everything.
This was because the 'me' that answered the Qs at the assessment was a kind of coping part of me and I am pretty sure some of the questions were not even asked. My husband was there too and said her conclusions bear no resemblance to what I said on my form and I don't think i said anything different in the interview - although I was aware in the interview she was not asking me anything relevant.

So of course I am asking for Mandatory Reconsideration and have now got support from a new GP, from an organisation called PODS who support people with Dissociative Disorders and I even wrote to my MP who has offered to help!

But I want to do it right - I did use your guide to fill in the form. Its just that it was all disbelieved when she saw an apparently 'normal' me at interview.

My question for now is - how much to send in a letter asking for MR? My husband spoke to DWP on phone but we are writing a letter requesting MR. Should we say briefly why the judgement seems wrong and should we include the new GP letter she has written in support?

I am guessing further evidence would be if we need to appeal - or should we send more now?

Many thanks and sorry for long post.
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PIP stopped after v unsatisfactory interview MR 2 months 3 weeks ago #168009

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Helen

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.

You have two choices, explain in the MR request why you should receive an award, or tell them that you will respond later, they should give you four weeks, once you have received the assessment report. Ideally you should respond sooner to make sure that the DM has the letter well within the four weeks.

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
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PIP stopped after v unsatisfactory interview MR 1 month 2 weeks ago #171231

Following a really distressing response to my PIP interview (none of my mental health difficulties were believed at all and I was scored zero points! In spite of the assessor acknowledging I have long term complex MH problems) I sent in my request for Mandatory Reconsideration on 14th September and followed it up with extra material but due to my poor health the extra material would have arrived outside the one month deadline. I have 3 questions -

Would they still consider the extra evidence?

How long might I have to wait to hear from them and

Should i phone them to check the receipt of my letter and evidence or just wait and not phone them?

Thank you!
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PIP stopped after v unsatisfactory interview MR 1 month 2 weeks ago #171253

Hi Helen,

When I get time I am going to merge this with your previous topic about your PIP claim. It helps us enormously when everything relating to the same claim is kept in one topic!

I will try to answer your questions in order -

Your additional information might still be looked at. especially if the MR had not been conducted before it arrived.

There is no timescale in which DWP must conduct the MR. However, most claimants find that they have hear within a month or two.

There is no harm in phoning to ask what is happening, at least you would know if there had been some sort of problem.

If you have any further questions or comments about your PIP, please reply to this message and we will do our best to help. You will find it easily in future if you bookmark/favourite this on your web browser now :)
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