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My appeal for PIP was succesfull!

minniemoominniemoo Member Posts: 51 Courageous
Hi I recieved my answer today I have won my appeal 👏🏻😍 I am so happy enhanced for both 😊 Just a nervous wait now if DWP appeal 😩

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  • MisscleoMisscleo Member Posts: 646 Pioneering
    Great good for you.
    Nice to goid news for achsnge
  • minniemoominniemoo Member Posts: 51 Courageous
  • ColinoColino Member Posts: 19 Listener
    well done minnemoo 
  • Bluechris05Bluechris05 Member Posts: 9 Connected
    Great you won your appeal 
    I waiting for my appeal as well I’ve not been to it yet I am scared has I get very nervous in front of people but can you tell me what it was like for you and did you go in front of them for your appeal Thank you 😊 
  • cher77cher77 Member Posts: 95 Courageous
    Hi @minniemoo so glad for you i won't my appeal last April/may anyway after another f2f assessment and mandatory decision I've failed again suprise suprise so I'm appealing again just a long waiting time but we'll done you nice to hear people who appeal are winning x
  • ColinoColino Member Posts: 19 Listener
    I was in the same boat last week  for my appeal , sat outside shaking but I must say it was not as bad as I had thought , the 3 members on the board  explained  who they was and it was the doctor that asked most of the questions , then the other two just asked a couple more , after that just asked me if  had anything to add , 15 mins later I had my decision, I won ,, 
  • minniemoominniemoo Member Posts: 51 Courageous
    That’s great news😉
  • minniemoominniemoo Member Posts: 51 Courageous
    Great you won your appeal 
    I waiting for my appeal as well I’ve not been to it yet I am scared has I get very nervous in front of people but can you tell me what it was like for you and did you go in front of them for your appeal Thank you 😊 

  • minniemoominniemoo Member Posts: 51 Courageous
     Hi @Bluechris05 don’t be worrying I know it’s easy for me saying this now as I’ve been and worn the T-shirt so to speak but honestly I was feeling the same as you, I suffer in addition to everything else severe social anxiety and panic attacks I had a friend with me which I would advise you to not attend in your own as that little bit of support really helps. My appointment was early morning and I’m not an early riser due to illness so I had been up really early so I could be feeling up to the morning ahead. The main thing I would say is to be prepared and have everything ready to read off if your asked any questions and your mind goes blank. I was told that there are cameras watching your arrival and in the waiting areas but to be honest if you’ve got nothing to hide and been truthful this would not bother you anyway I have trouble with mobility and I arrived in a taxi with my friend and was just myself didn’t act up (even if there were cameras) I made my way into reception gave my name and then went into the waiting area I couldn’t sit on any of the chairs avaiable(too low) and a lovely lady went and brought me a higher chair, I was then approached by a clerk who explained she would be looking after me during my appeal (if I required anything ) she explained the process and who would be attending the appeal . 5 mins later she cane back and told me the names of the people taking my appeal a doctor, judge and disability advisor but there was no one to represent DWP she said but this was not unusual for them not to attend and my appointment will still go ahead. I was very nervous at first but after the clerk talking to me I felt a lot at ease. I had with me the papers that I recieved back from DWP also additional papers I had sent in prior to 7 days of the tribunal which they did send back out to me as copes basically everything they had I had copies, I also had an additional letter from my specialist that I didn’t have time to send in but the clerk said give it to me and I will give it in if required. I was called in and to be honest lasted 15 mins if that! The judge introduced himself and who was in the room the clerk sat at the back I’m assuming typing up notes of what was being asked and answered. Please be advised they only want to know what happened from 12 months ago (I’ve waited 12 months for the appeal date so any new additional medical illnesses or effects on your daily life does not come into any consideration the panel kept referring to the past! When I very first appealed so from last yr how I walked , how I cooked, etc; literally a couple of questions each,  the disability advisor asked relative questions about my washing and dressing and cooking a meal from a yr ago, the doctor asked about the pain I felt last yr and how it effected my daily routine, the judge carried out a lot of writing and taking notes the judge then asked who completed the pip for and who wrote my appeal letter? Yes my family he then said where these written in your own words? Yes I said they thanked me for attending and said they have made the decision and a letter will be out within a day or 2 they’re was no talking between them or liaising the judge seemed to have done this (made decision) the clerk then came over to me and seen me out of the room and she said to me don’t worry you will hear tomorrow as it’s I who sends the decision out but I don’t know what that is now not until I have been told. Please do not worry I was really scared but it’s not as bad as your going to think the clerk was very supportive anything else you want to ask pls do 😊 thanks min 
  • YadnadYadnad Member - under moderation Posts: 2,862 Disability Gamechanger
    I only have one comment to make which is more of a question. My review was carried out at the end of 2017 with the face to face assessment in November 2017. A MR followed which was carried out and I received the decision on it in April 2018. 
    My appeal has just been lodged against that decision.
    Given that the delays for a hearing are running at up to a year this puts my appeal hearing sometime possibly in January 2020, over 3 years after I completed the PIP2.
    I have great difficulty (due to medical issues) remembering what I was like 1 month ago, how did you manage to remember what your difficulties were 12+ months earlier?

    As for remembering what I was like over 3 years ago seems so impossible. 
  • minniemoominniemoo Member Posts: 51 Courageous
    Hi @Yadnad I kept diaries of my daily activities and how I was day to day some days I couldn’t write my hands were that bad I always got someone to write for me. I kept all paperwork in a folder to refer to as and when I needed them also documenting when I first took a certain medication and as and when it changed. 
  • YadnadYadnad Member - under moderation Posts: 2,862 Disability Gamechanger
    Ah I see, you made entries in a diary at the time the forms were filled in thus allowing you to look back at them at a later date.

    That puts me in the river without a paddle then.
    There would be no point in guessing what I was like 3+ years ago nor worse still trying to remember how my life was impacted.

    Methinks the best I can do under the circumstances would be to have the PIP2 to hand at the Tribunal and with every question put to me fumble through the claim form to see what I said at the time. Not very hopeful then.
    Thanks 
  • minniemoominniemoo Member Posts: 51 Courageous
    Hi @Yadnad when you eventually recieve your appointment to attend the tribunal for ypur appeal you will recieve a bundle from the DWP which will be every single piece of paper you have sent to dwp ie your pip app form, GP letters, specialist info everything youvsemt to support your pip app. They will come numbered 1 to 100 etc; in order no matter how many times you have had to apply everything will be there also the assesses reports you need to take your time reading through everything this will bring everything back for you if you wish to add any additional info to support your appeal then you have up until 7 days to send additional info into them they will copy and send it bk adding to your bundle, you will be asked to take this along with you on the day of your appeal and if required the panel will refer to your bundle for example they said to me we refer to page 57 was this written by yourself and were these your own words? My answer my daughter completed this but was my own words. It’s how your illness effects you and how it was when you very first applied to the tribunal please don’t hesitate to ask any questions I’ve been through this I know it’s so worrying and I’ve still got to wait 30 days in case the DWP want to appeal they have the same rights 😩
  • YadnadYadnad Member - under moderation Posts: 2,862 Disability Gamechanger
    minniemoo said:
    Hi @Yadnad when you eventually recieve your appointment to attend the tribunal for ypur appeal you will recieve a bundle from the DWP which will be every single piece of paper you have sent to dwp ie your pip app form, GP letters, specialist info everything youvsemt to support your pip app. They will come numbered 1 to 100 etc; in order no matter how many times you have had to apply everything will be there also the assesses reports you need to take your time reading through everything this will bring everything back for you if you wish to add any additional info to support your appeal then you have up until 7 days to send additional info into them they will copy and send it bk adding to your bundle, you will be asked to take this along with you on the day of your appeal and if required the panel will refer to your bundle for example they said to me we refer to page 57 was this written by yourself and were these your own words? My answer my daughter completed this but was my own words. It’s how your illness effects you and how it was when you very first applied to the tribunal please don’t hesitate to ask any questions I’ve been through this I know it’s so worrying and I’ve still got to wait 30 days in case the DWP want to appeal they have the same rights 😩
    Grief! This is what I didn't want to happen hence why I never bothered making an appeal back in April 2018. The work that I would have to do and the stress would be too much for me to cope with.
    That is why I am employing a rep to look after my case.
    If I will be expected to remember/look back/answer questions at what was the case 3 + years ago I don't think that I want to carry on with the appeal.
    I'll have a word with my rep on Monday to find out what will be expected of me.
  • minniemoominniemoo Member Posts: 51 Courageous
    Hi @Yadnad I’m sure your rep will have dealt with this process if he has represented before but I wouldn’t worry too much as of out of all my bungle of papers they only asked 2 questions x 
  • YadnadYadnad Member - under moderation Posts: 2,862 Disability Gamechanger
    Oh that improves my outlook then.
    Yes my rep is self employed and used to head up the Welfare Rights Department of my council until it was closed down.
    He tells me that he is busier now than he was when working for the Council!

    Which in a way makes sense of the decision to close the department down - those that need his help pay for it instead of it being funded generally by those that would never use the service via council tax receipts.
  • minniemoominniemoo Member Posts: 51 Courageous
    @Yadnad yes of course it will! they know people are getting a hard time and being ill treated I had a lengthy letter written of complaint to ASOS with regards to the assecor who came out to my home she totally misinterpretated everything I said and basically compiled a load of rubbish! A copy of the letter was in with my papers as I sent a copy to the DWP the panel must have seen and read this and a comment was made with regards to the report the look onnthete faces said it all they knew it was wrong they really (well I think) take everything into consideration in your favour x 
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