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Lost PIP Tribunal
I am 69 years old, retired with both lumbar and spinal stenosis, multiple joint osteoarthritis, HBP, high cholesterol and several allergies.I have been suffering anxiety, depression and panic attacks for the past 2 years. I had DLA ( higher mobility and middle rate care) from 2012 to 2017. My PIP claim reduced this to lower rate care and no mobility. I asked for Mandatory Reconsideration which failed so I decided to go down Tribunal route. I had to wait for 64 weeks for a tribunal date. The tribunal panel asked DWP to reassess and that new assessment said I should have higher rate care and lower rate mobility. However the DWP Decision Maker totally ignored this new assessment and recommended the appeal be turned down. I had a 1 hour 45 minute hearing that was upsetting and humiliating and the result was the appeal failed. I have been waiting 4 weeks for a Statement of Reasons and once received I need to decide what to do next. I can either take my case to the higher tribunal or submit a completely new claim as from now ( the Judge on the panel suggested this might be the best route to go down especially as my degenerative conditions had deteriorated considerably during the last 18 months. Has anyone had these kind of problems, I am at my wits end as I am now virtually housebound and depend so much on my family.
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