DLA to PIP issues
Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen,
Back when I was 16 years old I had a rather negative experience in a storm that was battering the UK at the time. A few days later I went to go out and found that I could not as any attempt to do so would provoke a most disagreeable anxiety and panic. That was 28 years ago, and despite now being able to travel up to 150-200 metres from my house am still pretty much what you could class as mentally disabled as I cannot reach a hospital or any suitable place of potential employment.
Recently I received the expected letter from the Department of Work and Pensions informing me that my DLA is coming to an end and inviting me to claim for Personal Independence Payment. I did so, and a few weeks later had my home assessment. A few weeks beyond that and I received a reply telling me that I did not qualify for any PIP rate whatsoever. Back in the mid 90's a doctor was sent to assess whether I qualified for DLA and he concluded that I should receive the lower component which was about £20 a week, so I was surprised that the DWP would replace a benefit that takes cognisance of my disability with one that does not. I wrote for a mandatory reconsideration notice that resulted in the same decision.
I honestly do not contest the DWP's decision on the physical mobility factor, and the score I received on the "Daily Living" part regarding my ability to dress myself, operate tools etc I have no quarrel with. It was the "Mobility" part that I took exception to. I received 0 points for Planning and following a journey. I mean, I can plan, but follow??? For the moving around bit I received 0 points with I can stand and move for than 200 metres either aided or unaided. I emphatically stated to my assessor that I cannot travel more than 200 metres, so how I had that result I'll never know.
So after all these results, am I correct in assuming no one with mental disabilities can receive PIP and that it is a physical disablement only benefit?