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PIP 4 months 3 weeks ago #193562

Hi all,this is my first post so if I do something wrong please forgive me. I was getting DLA middle rate care and low rate mobility but had the letter to claim PIP and had f2f with Atos on 28/617 which I stupidly thought had gone ok, on Saturday morning (15/7/17) the hated brown envelope arrived I had not got enough points to be awarded PIP only 4 points for each component. I will be asking for a mandatory reconsideration but would like to know if I need to phone and request this or if I can just send my written request with reasons and extra evidence? I have phoned and asked for a copy of the assessment report but can see from the decision letter that the assessor has lied, I am unsure if I should wait for the report or send the request in before as the decision letter is dated 10/7/17 so only have 3 weeks, i cant believe how quick it was from f2f to decision not even 2 weeks. Any help or opinions would be greatly appreciated

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PIP 4 months 3 weeks ago #193571

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Welcome to the forum, you might want to have a look at the following FAQ which explain where everything is

Welcome to Benefits and Work

We recommend that the request is 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

It can be advantageous to wait for the assessment report but don't allow this to make your request late, the one month is for the DWP to receive your request.

Whether you have the report or not, concentrate on showing why your meet the criteria for an award. Also be aware, the DWP will favour the assessment report so unless you can show that it is fundamentally in error you may need to go to appeal.

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PIP 4 months 3 weeks ago #193584

Hi Gordon, thank you for replying, I have looked at the guide and template letters in the PIP area and I am now trying to compose my letter, I would like to ask your opinion on a couple of things written in the decision letter, I have physical and mental health issues and one of the reasons given for not awarding points was that "you do not have a diagnosed cognitive impairment, you are not receiving any specialist input for depression and you are taking a standard dose of antidepressant medication". I am not currently seeing the mental health team but do have a crisis card given to me by them and can contact them at any time if i really need to should i send a copy of this card with my mandatory reconsideration letter? I take three different medications for depression and anxiety all of which are the highest dose you can be prescribed so definitely not a standard dose, an example of this is that i saw my G.P a few days ago after an incident that left me very distressed and she said she was reluctant to give me any more medication as i was already on a very high dose, would it be worth telling them this along with sending copy of prescription which I did already send with my claim form and took to f2f. I have sciatica, bursitis and plantar fasciitis all of which cause me a great deal of pain, i have had a couple of courses of steroid injections which left me in more pain and take high doses of Co-codamol and Ibuprofen together for this and use an ice pack for a little relief but on my decision letter it says "you are not taking any pain relief" i am wondering if assessor has said i just use the ice pack which is ridiculous as i have provided copies of all prescriptions, as this has been repeated 3 times in the letter as part of why i scored no points obviously a lot of weight has been given to this absolute untruth I feel it is really important to correct this, do i say its a lie or suggest that that the assessor may have got confused ? I am sorry this is so long and i feel like i am ranting but i would be really grateful for any advice you can give

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PIP 4 months 3 weeks ago #193605

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These are matters of fact so I would definitely include them in your MR letter, they will help to undermine the assessors opinions, try and provide independent evidence of the antidepressant dosage, do an internet search for the product name.

Remember though, an award will only be made by your showing you meet the criteria for one, so make sure that you have shown that you meet the PIP Descriptors.

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PIP 4 months 3 weeks ago #193702

Hi Gordon, can i just ask something that is puzzling me, on my decision letter which is dated 10/7/17, it says "I have looked at your claim and decided at this time" i cant award you PIP for help with your daily living needs from 28 February 2017 at this time i cant award you PIP for help with your mobility needs from 28 February 2017" my question is what are these dates about, February ??? is this an error or something i don't understand?

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PIP 4 months 3 weeks ago #193736

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Was this the date that you started your PIP claim? Even if it was I can see no reason why the date is relevant as any PIP award would not apply from the date anyway.

So sorry, I have no idea why they have quoted these dates.

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