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TOPIC: Reassessed and downgraded

Reassessed and downgraded 7 months 17 hours ago #189215

Hi guys I told you about my pip review after 2 years when I had been awarded pip for 3 years. I got my decision today. And although my condition worsening significantly I have been downgraded to standard from enhanced for both care and mobility. I am in despair I hope I have enough stamina for an appeal. The capita assessor is totally responsible for this. He has twisted everything I said and written downright lies. I had been in receipt of DLA since 2004 and had the highest award for mobility since then. I was changed successfiully to PIP 2 years ago both enhanced. Last year I was assessed for work capability I found myself sitting in an assessment centre 5 days after after a total hip replacement. It took 7 months to upgrade me to support group. I thought I could relax for a year but am now in utter despair, but I am going to fight this. XX

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Reassessed and downgraded 7 months 15 hours ago #189244

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I'm sorry to hear the result was not what you expected.

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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