My tribunal was two weeks and two hours ago, yes I’m still
six feet of the ground.
Just a little background of my history, in 2008 I had a
stroke at the age of 57 that I’ve never recovered from so now suffer from
tiredness, fatigue and very slow walking due to weakness down my left side with
no use of my left arm/hand and very little control over my left leg and just
for fun a bit of dropped foot when I get tired and that’s after forcing myself
to walk more than 20 metres.
From letter from DWP telling me I lost higher rate DLA to
winning enhanced rate PIP at my tribunal was near on seven months here in
With my claim it was all about the enhanced rate mobility as
I scored twice as many points as needed for care so did not contest that as it
would be pointless. Just to add, before when I was on DLA I only had standard
care but now have higher care rate so I stick that to David Cameron and all his
cronies because now its cost them £30 more a week than it did before when I was
quite content with how it was .
Question asked bearing in mind above was all about my
walking abilities though I did point out to the doctor on the panel that the
PIP form asked what you’re walking ability is but I call it my stumbling and
tripping ability. I was then asked to explain in my own words how I would walk
from one side of the courtroom to the other and having said its easier for me
to demonstrate that to explain I started to get myself up from my chair but was
told by all the panel to sit back down and not to do any walking. I just then
carried on explain to the best of my ability.
The case lasted about 25 minutes but was cut short by my
getting upset about one of the question the doctor asked and that was “do you
travel abroad” and when I said “not since becoming disabled” then tried to
continue to tell them how my nephew got married in Rome last year and how I
could not bear the thought of going to Italy and with myself breaking down they
called an end to the session and after whispering in each other’s ears told me
there and then I was getting my 12 points back.
So I got there in the end but those 7 winter months were the
worst in my life and full of sleepless nights and anger beyond belief but now
the past two week since the tribunal I’ve been sleeping like a baby and the
only anger I have now is towards Tory and Labour MP’s who half of them are no
better than Hitler’s henchmen, yes I’m that angry and not sure that will ever
change until they give an apology for their actions as they do with just about
Stick in there OP and best of luck.