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First PIP Review

lulubellelulubelle Member Posts: 2 Listener
Can anyone here help me with my Mandatory Reconsideration Letter on here? I don't want to post the draft on here as it contains a lot of personal information but if there is someone here who can read it over for me, like an advisor or if you can point me in the direction of a professional body who can read it, please do not suggest CAB, I have been trying to contact them in my area and cannot get past the switchboard and Age Concern in my area have stopped helping with PIP, thanks

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  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @lulabelle
    Im afraid that isnt a service we can offer, but we can signpost you to information that could help and members can share their own experiences.

    Can you explain a little more? Your title says PIP review and you are asking about MR. Have you had your first PIP review and it has come back that you have lost your PIP?

    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • wildlifewildlife Member Posts: 1,314 Pioneering
    @lulabelle A few things that might help you. Have you focussed on the descriptors you think are wrong? When you decide which ones, have you said why you think they are wrong and which one you should have been given and why? Then you need evidence for each one and in the letter quote ref: ...........for each one. Remember that the decision maker will be returning your file to be reviewed by another assessor so it''s them you have to convince. 
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi lulubelle

    Sorry, this is not something that we can do within the terms of the forum, however you may find the following of some use

    If you haven't done so you should ask for a copy of the assessment report asap. You will need this to identify the areas that you need to challenge

    For now you need to concetrate on showing that you meet the descriptors for an award.

    Although it is important to address any issues with the assessment report or HCP, this should be done as a separate complaint to the assesment provider. It can be beneficial to mention that you are making a formal complaint

    Most HCP' and DM's don't take into account the reliability factors and make their decisions on a snap shot of your life, how you were at the time.

    To complete any of the descriptors you need to do so Safely, Repeatedly, In a timely manner and to an acceptable standard.

    For example : If you can walk 20 - 50 metres but you can't repeat it straight away and you need to rest for some time before you can do so again then you cannot be said to complete that descriptor. Or if it takes you twice as long as an able bodied person you cannot complete the descriptor
    Dressing and undressing : If your medication takes some hours to work in the morning and you cannot dress without assisstance because of this then this needs to be taken into account

    Go through each descriptor one at a time and see how these factors may apply
    You should look at each activity and break it down into sections and apply the reliability factors to each section

    For example Preparing food

    Can you do so ?  ( safely, realiably, to an acceptable standard and in a timely manner )
    If not, why not ?
    What is it about your condition that stops you doing so ?
    Can you do so if you have help or and aid ?
    What happens if you don't have help or an aid 

    Do this for each descriptor for your MR

    There is a template that you can used for the MR

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/683380/if-you-disagree-with-a-decision-made-by-dwp.PDF

    and some additional information

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/683381/how-to-disagree-with-a-decision-made-by-dwp.PDF

    You have a month from the date on your decision letter to request an MR. You can do this by letter or phone. Be very aware of this date, do not miss the deadline. If you are waiting for further evidence, then you can ask that the decision is not made until you have submitted this. They may or may not do so.

    If you haven't asked for the report until now, it is unlikely to arrive before this date so make it clear that you will be sending further evidence and that they should wait before carrying out the MR until it is received.

    If you can get further relevant evidence you  should submit this but it is not essential. Often, it is not your evidence that is the problem but the way it is read ( or not )

    MR's can often take 8 weeks or more but may also be done very quickly and before your new evidence is received. If this happens you can ask for the decision to be looked at again taking into account your new evidence.

    MR's have a low rate of success at present but this stage has to be completed in order to advance to the appeal tribunal.

    There is lots of good info on this site about appeals so please have a look around

    CR

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
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