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Good morning. May I use this area to have a rant? Then I will promise to get over it and move on. I will be seventy later this year. I have suffered with osteoarthritis and weak joints for over fifteen years. Previously I was getting DLA at the higher rate for care and mobility, 'indefinitely' or so I was told. I took on financial responsibilities on the back of this to make my life a bit easier, and even had a Motoability car which was very helpful. However, then I got the call to go for an assessment for PIP. To cut a very long story short, I was awarded nothing for mobility, and basic rate (£55 a week) for care. I have gone down the route of asking them to look at the decision again, and all the further channels. Last October I went for a further assessment due to my worsening condition, and have only just (yesterday) received their decision which upheld the original decision that I cannot get anything for mobility, even though they had doctors evidence and evidence from my Occupational Therapist. I haven't slept since last October while awaiting their decision. They said I would hear within 4 weeks, but it took three months! My blood pressure has been sky high due to the anxiety of it all, and I've now been diagnosed with depression. Even after telephoning various times and speaking to a case manager on two occasions, who both said I would hear within a week, and it still took a further four weeks. I now believe we are being killed off slowly, as the powers that be must realise the stress this causes us older folk. I know I can appeal again, but I can't afford to lose any more sleep, or get any more stressed. I'm taking my BP on a daily basis. I've lost the will to live, and have no more fight left in me. It's such an unfair system. How can they get away with telling you that you will be getting an amount indefinitely, and then just take it away from you? Surely there must be a Law against it? It doesn't make sense. Rant over. Thank you for reading this, and I'm sorry if I've bored you.
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