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Lost my DLA just get basic PIP
I had to go for a PIP assessment nearly a year ago, having been on the higher rate of DLA for care and mobility for many years due to osteo arthritis in all my joints. I had the letter confirming I would be on it 'indefinitely' and was able to lead a reasonably normal lifestyle because of this. The bombshell hit me when I had a letter from PIP telling me I could only now get the basic rate of PIP, and nothing for mobility! It's laughable. I appealed, but got the same response back. I don't want to go into every little detail, but the PIP assessor didn't report my interview properly, in fact I thought she had put in someone else's report instead of mine. All this made no difference. I ended up £300 per month worse off. I can no longer pay my bills, or run a car. I used to be able to pay someone to help me in the garden, but that has had to go too. It has all left me very depressed and upset. How can they tell you one minute that you will get something 'indefinitely' and then take it away the next. I live in a housing association bungalow, and I love it. I have lots of friends and neighbours who have been very helpful, but now I must consider a move to somewhere with a smaller property and garden as I don't have the strength or energy, or money to pay someone to help with this one. I can't go out as we only have one bus a day, and I struggle to get on and off buses. When I had DLA I could afford to get a taxi now and again just to get out. I was on the verge of getting another Motability car before the PIP assessment, but now I am not eligible. I had hope to get a week's holiday, but that's no longer possible either. It's all so wrong. I am 68 nearly 69, and this is a huge shock to me. I think the situation could have been handled better by the powers that be. I worked hard all my working life and paid into the system, and it is very upsetting when they tell you the benefit you're getting is indefinite, and the next minute they take £300 per month away. I'm barely surviving now, and feel I'm a burden to the state. Rapidly losing the will to live.