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How do I word an appeal for my 7 yr old?

Ariel77 Member Posts: 7 Listener
edited May 2018 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hi, I am appealing a decision made for my 7 year old child who suffers with and illness that affects her motor skills and struggles daily. She has been refused on the basis that shes a 7 year old and at this age its a parent who assists them so no special circumstances. It affects her walkin for a longer period holding a spoon/ pen but they dont seem to grasp this and assume due to her age she is relying on an adult. How do i word my appeal to get my point across for my appeal to have a chance?


  • JennysDad
    JennysDad Member Posts: 2,299 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Ariel77 and a warm welcome to the community. Glad you have found us.
    I can't advise directly as I'm not a specialist in this area, but we do have people who are and who will get back to you. Please bear with us.
    You might find some useful information, however, in the Talk about PIP/DLA forum, especially under the first link to PIP Frequently Asked Questions. Please have a look and see what you think.
    Warmest best wishes to you,
  • Ariel77
    Ariel77 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Thank you for your suggestions I sure will check them out.
  • Ariel77
    Ariel77 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Also like to thank you for your warm welcome makes the journey a little easier with a kind community around.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,531 Disability Gamechanger
    1) Get the DLA criteria in front of you and decide which rate(s) you’re going for.
    2) Remember to explain that the care needed is substantially in excess if that needed for a healthy child of that age, assuming that it is.
    3) Get face to face advice and representation.
  • Ariel77
    Ariel77 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Thank you for your advice much appreciated.
  • leahburnett1996
    leahburnett1996 Posts: 11 Member
    Welcome to the community!!

    Look at the criteria for DLA. Decide which rate fits her needs the most. Then find a guide online that helps parents to fill out the form. Read the tips for completing the paperwork. Explain as much as possible about your child’s needs. Send photocopies of any medical reports and letters from specialists with the form too (this will serve as back up evidence that supports your claim). Obtain face to face advice and information in advance of any appeal. At any appeal I also strongly recommend having someone else with you for moral support.

    Good luck!! 
  • Ariel77
    Ariel77 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Thank you so much for your help much appreciated.


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