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greatdanemiagreatdanemia Member Posts: 10 Listener
Following a successful award of PIP I received the enhanced rate for mobility but only the standard rate for care.
Due to a small private pension I don't qualify for any other benefits so pay for all prescriptions , dental care  and eye tests /glasses.
It's getting tight constantly in overdraft , with no access to credit.
Could I appeal the care award separately from the mobility component?
Would I lose everything while I await the appeal?


  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,355 Disability Gamechanger
    PIP is not a benefit to supplement your income, it a benefit to help with your daily care and mobility problems and issues. When you reach 60 yes of age you will qualify for free prescriptions.
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    You are quite right wilko. Many people just see PIP or DLA as extra money to live off with no recognition of what it is paid for.
    I have seen in action, people try to claim PIP/DLA simply and only to get around the benefit cap.

  • greatdanemiagreatdanemia Member Posts: 10 Listener
    It's easy isn't it to sit in judgement on people who through only their inability to express themselves clearly are presented as scroungers.
    Ah what gilded lives you both must lead.
  • pixie61pixie61 Member Posts: 67 Courageous
    I agree with you greatdanemia, I’m having same issues but with DWP, after getting enhanced Care & standard mobility. It feels to me, because in their view I can communicate, I kept eye contact for a 45min assessment,  I can plan a journey & I showed no evidence of anxiety or depression. Ridiculous. If they had read up on my health conditions, they would see, it does cause those problems & if they spent a week with me, they’d see how bad I get! I was on enhanced for both on DLA for 11 years!! Tribunal it is then. Hope you get some decent advice greatdanemia! Xx
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    It's easy isn't it to sit in judgement on people who through only their inability to express themselves clearly are presented as scroungers.
    Ah what gilded lives you both must lead.
    Not at all.
    It's a simple fact and a misunderstanding that PIP is paid to increase the household budget. 
    It is also a well known fact that if people are affected by the benefit cap there is an incentive to put in a claim for PIP. Getting any award automatically removes the benefit cap. This was certainly the case over the past 5 years in London where Housing Benefit was restricted to well below the rent being charged.
  • greatdanemiagreatdanemia Member Posts: 10 Listener
    What's the tribunal procedure?
  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @greatdanemia, you can find out more about appealing DWP decisions here. 

    If you're not already entitled to free prescriptions, you may be interested in the NHS help with health costs scheme too.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    What's the tribunal procedure?
    Mandatory Reconsideration is the first step to appeal and without first requesting this, the Tribunal won't accept your appeal.

    No one on an internet forum can tell you if there's any risks to your current award and you'll need face to face advice for this, from an advice centre near you.

    When requesting the MR or Tribunal they look at the whole award again and not just part of it.

    You need to look at the PIP descriptors to see where you can score those extra points needed for Enhanced daily living. If you can't score the extra points then it's pointless requesting the MR. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/Global/Migrated_Documents/adviceguide/pip-9-table-of-activities-descriptors-and-points.pdf

    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
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