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Pip 10 months 2 days ago #197393

I have M.E. and have applied for PIP. The decision maker says that I can do things by using aids. I cannot get them to understand that I do not have the energy to do some things at all and that aids would not help/would not give me the energy to do these things. Please do you have any advice on how I can get this across?

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Pip 10 months 22 hours ago #197421


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

Your post implies that a Decision was made on your claim, is that the case?

I don't like the phrase but you need to paint a picture of your total health and capabilities, your being able to complete one activity will imply capabilities to do others. Also the DWP will want to understand how you manage without completing the activities, so as an example; if you have said that you cannot prepare and cook a meal, then what do you do for food?

You must be able to complete the activities reliably and on the majority of days, so if you cannot do this then you should explain why.

If you can supply more details of the activities and aids that the DWP have said you can use then I may be able to provide more information.

On the assumption that you have received a Decision then 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.


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.

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