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alisonbb
alisonbb Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi, 
3 days ago I had my PIP award through changing me over from DLA. I have received standard care and standard mobility to be re-assessed in 2020. When on DLA I was getting lower rate care and higher rate mobility as a lifetime award. 

There were a number of issues that they got wrong in my face to face assessment most of which I am going to leave alone. The bit that I think should be pointed out to my case worker is that they stated that I am not getting official help with my mental health problems, this is not true. I am receiving psychotherapy (the third set of sessions since 1994) from the NHS mental health team. 

Should I leave it or should I contact them and point out this discrepancy? I don't feel like going through the stress of a MR as I am worried they might lower the PIP awards I have just got. But is it worth pointing this out to them ready for when I am re-assed?

Comments

  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,557 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @alisonbb, welcome to the community! 

    Deciding whether to challenge a PIP decision can be extremely tough, I hope people on the community are able to offer some more advice.
    Scope

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,450 Disability Gamechanger
    alisonbb said:
    Hi, 
    3 days ago I had my PIP award through changing me over from DLA. I have received standard care and standard mobility to be re-assessed in 2020. When on DLA I was getting lower rate care and higher rate mobility as a lifetime award. 

    There were a number of issues that they got wrong in my face to face assessment most of which I am going to leave alone. The bit that I think should be pointed out to my case worker is that they stated that I am not getting official help with my mental health problems, this is not true. I am receiving psychotherapy (the third set of sessions since 1994) from the NHS mental health team. 

    Should I leave it or should I contact them and point out this discrepancy? I don't feel like going through the stress of a MR as I am worried they might lower the PIP awards I have just got. But is it worth pointing this out to them ready for when I am re-assed?
    As you don't wish to ask for the MR you can make a complain to the assessment providers but it most likely won't get you very far.

    You seem happy with your award as you don't want to ask for the MR so if i were you i'd leave it and take the award. After all who needs more stress on top of the stress you've just had with the PIP claim, i know i wouldn't.
  • Yadnad
    Yadnad Posts: 2,856 Connected
    alisonbb said:
    Hi, 
    3 days ago I had my PIP award through changing me over from DLA. I have received standard care and standard mobility to be re-assessed in 2020. When on DLA I was getting lower rate care and higher rate mobility as a lifetime award. 

    There were a number of issues that they got wrong in my face to face assessment most of which I am going to leave alone. The bit that I think should be pointed out to my case worker is that they stated that I am not getting official help with my mental health problems, this is not true. I am receiving psychotherapy (the third set of sessions since 1994) from the NHS mental health team. 

    Should I leave it or should I contact them and point out this discrepancy? I don't feel like going through the stress of a MR as I am worried they might lower the PIP awards I have just got. But is it worth pointing this out to them ready for when I am re-assed?
    The 'fear' factor is once again being used by the DWP. This particular subject has been the subject of an earlier thread.

    If you want to accept the award, whether it is right or wrong, is one thing, and a complaint to the assessing company is another.

    If you have evidence relating to having care/treatment for a mental health condition and the assessor has clearly said that you don't, I would be sending a copy of that evidence along with a copy of the assessor's report to their complaints dept. I would be asking them to comment on the discrepancy.
    It won't affect the award you have but it will be recorded as another error by the assessor.
    It is a common statement that they make - 'is not receiving specialist advice and treatment' - whether it is true or not they don't give a damn.

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