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PIP 0 points and a frustrating decision maker's notes.
I have always struggled sociallly and have always struggled to keep jobs and make friends. I have depression on and off, taken meds, had the therapy but nothing worked. I decided last year to get a diagnosis and was diagnosed Aspergers Syndrome.
After informing my work pyschologist I was advised by jobcenter staff to apply for PIP so I went through the process. I promptly went to CAB and gave in the forms and I included a personal statement on A4 typed up with it which detailed the myriad ways in which my condition has effected me and continues to effect me.
At the assessment a social worker sat with me.
Two to three weeks later I got a letter from the DWP declining PIP with zero points on all the criteria, and they justified this decline by stating that there's nothing physically wrong with me and that I demonstrated no malnutrition or signs of distress, dressed well and was articulate, including some other lies and fabrications about me not reciving treatment or anti-depressants, and some of which that are based upon flaky observations at the assesment.
I did a google on some of the arguments used in this decision, and they showed up as stock arguments in other people's also. The questionnaire itself, at the assesment was ludicrous quite frankly. None of the criteria in the guidelines is properely defined for how my condition affects me cognitively. I am not physically impaired. My condition doesn't mean I can't dress myself or plan a route. It effects me in other ways.
So I written a response to the decision maker's statement and I will be going to CAB again on Monday to enquire what went wrong. The CAB are supposed to ensure that my explanation of my condition corresponds with the questionnaire, so I will asking why they failed to do this.
I will also contact, for what it is worth, my local MP and send them all the paper work including my personal statements.
My social worker already knows about this but I have less faith in her now as I do with CAB.
I get the impression that this is all deliberately planned. I just read of one MP saying that the reason why PIP claims go to tribunal is because claimants don't give enough information. Personally, I think that's nonsense. I think there's something else going on; maybe this is there way of weeding out those who are faking it? I'm sceptical of that because I've already had a diagnosis and my medical records show that I was on DLA years ago, on anti-depressants, and only finished CBT therapy a couple of years ago.
What a complete joke this is. Not even 1 point.
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