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6 points on mandatory reconciliation

madox Community member Posts: 10 Listener
Hi all 
Just wondering if I can get some advice as scored 6 points on my m r which I was given the 1st time round on my decision letter it says that it agrees with my original 6 points but also states that i cant get extra points as i don't use an aid i don't need prompting or another person to help me or supervise me 
I have been diagnosed with severe OCD and I have trouble with every activity as I have to do everything multiple times and could take 20 mins to get dressed or 40 mins to eat my dinner I have explained all of this in detail in my m r and also send in my diagnosis report from psychiatrist which states I refused to show my face on a video call assessment I really suffer and can't do face to face but can only score 2 points as they say I need prompting just wondering if it's worth any more effort to go to tribunal any advice would be greatful thank you


  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,609 Disability Gamechanger
    It's always worth appealing nothing to lose. I do sympathise as our daughter had shocking OCD as part of her anorexia luckily medication eventually sorted it out and she was fine.
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  • madox
    madox Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    I'm not sure what to say in my appeal as gave all the evidence in my Mr I see it as they say my diagnosis shouldn't be counted but if I didn't have severe OCD then I wouldn't be asking to clam pip as I wouldn't have the obsessions and compulsions what I have and plzd your daughter's medication is working 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,609 Disability Gamechanger
    PIP is never about diagnosis or illness but about care and/or mobility issues v the descriptors
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  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 2,177 Scope online community team
    Hi @madox, sorry to hear your MR didn't work out as you hoped, it can be really horrible to go through the rejections. Tribunals can often have very different results to MRs, so it's well worth going for it if you're feeling up to it. 

    As woodbine mentioned, the focus should be on how your condition affects you relating to the descriptors, rather than what your diagnosis actually is. If you go forward with your appeal, it's good to read the descriptors and give really detailed examples of times your condition has affected you and what happened for each. Your condition is as valid as any, it's just about how it affects you in your daily life. 

    You could see if there's a benefits adviser in your area who might be able to go through things with you.  Turn2Us have an AdviceFinder that might be worth a look :)
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 53,926 Disability Gamechanger
    The chances of success for the Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) are always low anyway because only about 23% of decisions change in the claimants favour at this stage. There's more chance at Tribunal providing you either appear in person or have a telephone/video hearing. 

    As you are aware PIP isn't about a diagnosis so you need to concentrate on exactly how your conditions affect you and not focus on the condition itself. 

    For the Tribunal, you only need to give a brief reason why you disagree with the decision for now and then submit it. Any extra information can be sent later. You don't need to send anything that you've already sent because DWP will send everything to them and you will receive everything in the "bundle"

    When you write the submission, if you haven't already given a couple of real world examples of exactly what happened the last time you attempted each descriptor that applies to you then you should do that.

    Do be aware though that they will only take into consideration what your conditions were like at the time the assessment took place. Any worsening of condition will not be taken into consideration. 
    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.
  • madox
    madox Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    I am trying to do my appeal now would like to thank you all for your kind advice hopefully my tribunal will be able to see how my condition effects my daily life 


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