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TOPIC: Zero pts for ME and FM after ftf.

Zero pts for ME and FM after ftf. 5 months 1 week ago #189075

From low care rate and high rate mobility DLA to zero points PIP for ME/CFS and fibromyalgia. I must be better! Tell my partner that. Tell my friends who rarely see me. Tell this depressed person who misses her old life and can apparently stand and wait for and travel on public transport....without spending days recovering. And the worst thing is not being believed. Not the allowance. .although that's important too.

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Zero pts for ME and FM after ftf. 5 months 1 week ago #189112

Anne

I'm sorry to hear this.

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

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