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Worth going for MR?

jules18 Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi everyone... I am new to all this but wanted to share and ask for advice.. Just been awarded pip at standard rate 1 point away from enhanced... Is it worth going for MR and if I do will I loose what they have already awarded.... I moved from DLA to PIP do you not get the rate backdated because you were already receiving DLA.


  • iza
    iza Community Co-Production Group Posts: 529 Pioneering
    Hi @jules18, welcome to the community. 
    I will ask @BenefitsTrainingCo to help you here. 
    They will get in touch with you very soon to support your request. 

    Have a great weekend. 

  • Liam_Alumni
    Liam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,105 Pioneering
    Hi @jules18,

    How are you? How is your PIP claim going?

    Apologies for the delay in response. I have moved this discussion to our 'Ask A Benefits Advisor' category, where @BenefitsTrainingCo may be able to help.

    If you have any other questions, please do get in touch!
  • BenefitsTrainingCo
    BenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,628 Pioneering
    Hi there,
    I can understand your frustration about being only one point away from the enhanced rate (not sure if it's daily living or mobility?), but you need to be pretty confident about the number of points you think you would qualify for before requesting a Mandatory Reconsideration. The act of requesting a MR is a request to look again at your entire award, and so you do risk losing points as well as gaining them as unfortunately the assessment process is never predictable. You need to go through all the activities and points really thoroughly, and identify where your score could improve, and also if you would be able to provide evidence of this - very important for the MR / appeal process. There is excellent and detailed information about the points system on the Disability Rights UK website and also on the following: www.benefitsandwork.co.uk and www.turn2us.org.uk. On the DWP website you will also find a huge PIP resource, including the very helpful PIP handbook:  www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/610259/personal-independence-payment-handbook.pdf.
    In answer to your second question....as it says in the Disability Rights Handbook: 'If you get a decision to award PIP, entitlement to DLA ends 4 weeks after the next DLA pay day and the PIP award will begin on the following day. So if the decision is just after your pay day, the PIP award may not start for almost 8 weeks, even if the PIP award has resulted in an increase to your entitlement'.
    I hope this helps!


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  • Matilda
    Matilda Member Posts: 2,610 Disability Gamechanger

    Each case is different of course.  Initially I was awarded PIP 11 points for daily living and 10 points mobility.  MR made no change.  At appeal I was awarded 13 points and 12 points respectively.

    I have a recognised degenerative disease and had strong medical evidence from when I first claimed DLA.  So strictly a face to face re-assessment for PIP was unnecessary but nevertheless an Atos paramedic 'assessed' me fact to face  (and told lies in her report, of course!).

    I was given quite a grilling at the appeal hearing who granted my appeal, with the tribunal decision notice stating that no time limit should be set on my award.


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