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TOPIC: PIP 0 point's to Appeal?

PIP 0 point's to Appeal? 10 months 3 weeks ago #201833

I had my PIP assessment which scored 0 points (agoraphobia, depression, anxiety). As near month cut off I called DWP to ask about mandatory reconsideration. Some things on my letter were completely inaccurate which dwp agreed as they had my evidence. Chap went through couple of things and I asked about further evidence to send in to counter letter/assessment who said I had a month to send this in ( also sent a letter same day re reconsideration & that further evidence would follow), but got a 2nd review letter week later and again nil points.

I spoke to welfare rights initially to get advice on getting further evidence as my original Dr was rather unhelpful & would only wait for DWP to contact them. I've since switched Dr's & they've written me a supportive letter.

WR lady advised that appeal was traumatic & I should consider whether I want to go though with it or restart claim. Its taken 7months to get to this stage & I don't understand why starting again would be more beneficial?

I've tried to follow the guides but because of my issues find it very difficult doing all this stuff alone so may well have messed up somewhere.

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PIP 0 point's to Appeal? 10 months 3 weeks ago #201852

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Sometimes, if the claimant has not understood the criteria of has responded poorly on their PIP2, starting their claim again can be advisable, with a clean slate so to speak.

I can't advise you which is the best route for you to take but don't assume a refusal at the MR stage is indicative of how an appeal will go, revision rates at MR are very low, at best 20% and we don't see that figure on the forum, whereas the success rate at appeal if over 60%.

That said you should think carefully about an appeal, it can require a lot or work by you and the hearing can be traumatic. You can opt for a Paper hearing which you do not attend but success rates are lower.


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