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Pip claim ongoing
Hi apologies but this may be a long post. I applied for PIP jan 27 2017. My initial form was lost and had to resubmit it in June when they finally realised. I had my F2f in August and was declined so submitted an MR. My main problem causing ongoing delays is that i don't have a National insurance number - i have lived in the UK since 1999 but was working in Ireland at the time so didn't apply for a number here. I had an accident at work and lost my job. My other half was working so we managed. I never claimed any benefits /dole and we didn't have children so never needed to apply for tax credits. Now they will not give me a number until i have a successful claim, but i kept being declined a claim as i had no number. They eventually realised that they were sending me in circles and said they would reassess my claim in its entirety. However having received the most recent letter declining me, the decision maker has taken no notice of any points raised in my MR and has gone solely on the assessor report, which was full of inaccuracies and omissions. I suffer with severe osteoarthritis in both hips, scoliosis, fibro and chronic back pain. I also have lymphodema and lipidema in both legs. I also have long-term depression and anxiety. We recorded the assessment so i do have that to back up some of my claims that contradict the assessor report. All of her conclusions stated things like "it is therefore likely" - i thought that the use of these phrases had been proven to be subjective and assumptive and therefore discredited. Is it even worth appealing?