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Hi, my name is Ludo1981! I need some legal backing

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Ludo1981
Ludo1981 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
edited January 2023 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hi everyone,
I receive the standard rate of PIP (mobility) for a mental health condition called Basophobia. It crosses over with physical health as it is a fear of falling over when walking. I don't leave the house alone and since I developed the condition, I walk awkwardly and regularly fall over. I have never been assessed in person by the DWP, as all my assessments have been over the phone. I scored 10 points, so I was only 2 points short of the higher rate. I have medical evidence from my therapist, a psychiatrist and my GP, as to the reasons why I should've scored 12 points or more. 

I just need some legal backing, as I can't afford legal help! Any advice and guidance would be very much appreciated.

Thanks, Sarah

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    You don't need legal help for PIP because there's advice agencies out there that will help you for free. As you already have a PIP award in place then you would need to go down the change of circumstances route. For this they would send you more forms to complete and return with all your information and any other evidence you have.
    Another assessment is most likely because most people have them. Whether it's possible to score more points for a higher award or possible to score points for a daily living award will totally depend on exactly how your conditions affect you. Unless you fully understand the PIP descriptors and what they mean then i'd advise you to get some expert advice before reporting any changes.
    By reporting changes there is always some risk to your current award. It could either stay the same, be increased or you could be refused.
    For expert advice start here. https://advicelocal.uk/welfare-benefits

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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