moonflower said: I was on DLA at the highest rate for both mobility and care 'indefinitely' according to the DWP at the time. I then had to go for a PIP assessment a couple of years ago, when they decided I was only entitled to daily living at the standard rate. In September last year I had a face to face assessment as my condition has worsened. I waited a very painful four months for their decision, and again was only awarded the standard daily living rate of care. By this time I was physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. My blood pressure was sky high (202/100) with the worry of it all, and so when the decision letter arrived I tore it up and vowed never to put myself in that position again. However, now I have had some time to recover from the shock of that, I wish I had appealed, but I don't know what to do now. I am practically housebound, can't get out because I can't afford a car, and buses in this village are old and infrequent, so I couldn't get on one if I wanted to. I just need to know what I do now. If I apply again, I don't think I could cope with the stress and worry of it all, but at the same time I can't cope on the money I am receiving at the moment. I also wish I had asked for a copy of the assessor's report, because he wasn't very nice, and was only interested in telling me he was a paramedic. I am 69 years old. If anyone can point me in the right direction would be grateful. Thank you in anticipation.
Hi a lot of people where awarded DLA INDEFINITELY , unfortunately claimants presumed this meant dla was for life , the DWP had a get out clause and indefinitely meant for as long as dla excisted , hence why they changed it to pip , dla no longer available hence why most people where reassessed and given shorter periods and lower payments , In some cases it was justified as some people claimed dla and was awarded indefinite and never had to attend a medical , s lot of cases the DWP found the people claiming dla for ten years , and where fully recovered from the illness they once had . But no random checks where made, hence why they changed it to pip .