Help with PIP appeal!
Hi. I was on dla until recently and awarded high rate mobility and low rate care indefinitely 9 years ago. I've now been moved onto pip and was awarded standard rate care and only standard rate mobility. I asked for a m.r. and my partner wrote a letter stating the reasons why we were asking for a reconsideration. I asked for a copy of my face to face assessment report and was shocked at the lies the assessor told dwp. I was pushed into the room in my wheelchair by my partner and he helped me out of the wheelchair and into a chair which was positioned right next to it and did the reverse at the end of the assessment. The assessor said that I'd walked a few metres across the room on my partners arm without leaning on him, slowly but in discomfort and steady. I never walked at all while we were there. If I do walk anywhere with him, I do lean on him and I am in pain and I am definitely not steady as I always loose my balance. They kept on making reference to me walking and said I could walk further than I actually can and so knocked my points down for the mobility part. I only needed 2 more points for the enhanced rate but because they so blatantly lied, I lost out. They also said I can cook a simple meal and dress myself on the care part. I cannot cook anything as my balance is bad, I have longstanding chronic lower back pain, my wrists are weak and my grip is not very good since having carpel tunnel surgery on both hands. I have arthritis in my neck, spine, fingers, one knee (had a complete knee replacement on other one) and feet. I also suffer with fibromyalgia. I constantly drop things and it is not safe for me to handle hot pans at all. I also cannot cut up raw vegetables. The only things I can do in the kitchen is a bowl of cereal or a sandwich. My partner does all the cooking. I also have frozen shoulder and I cannot wash my hair or dress my top half but they have said I can dress myself using aids (the only aid I have for getting dressed is my partners help) and the only thing I need help with in washing is getting in and out of the shower they reckon. Without my partners help, i could not wash my hair, my back or my feet. So, they gave me lower point scores in the care section too. I only needed 3 points for the enhanced rate which had they told the truth, I would have got. I dont think they could have even read the letter my partner wrote for the m.r. He never said the assessor lied, he was very diplomatic and just said there were some things we disagreed with and told them basically what he has to do for me that I can't manage myself. I am so angry that they believe the assessors lies that I feel like I should go to appeal but I am also too scared to appeal in case I loose the standard rate they have awarded me till 2024. I think this is what dwp are relying on that people like me will be scared to appeal in case they loose what they have been awarded. But I hate the fact that these assessors are lying and getting away with it. My month to appeal is running out and I still don't know what to do. I have found it so stressful to get to this point and my health is suffering still further with all the stress. I don't think I can go through the extra stress that going to appeal would bring.