PIP Tribunal experience
Since being caught in a hurricane storm I have had the restrictive experience of losing my freedom due to agoraphobia. This life changing event happened in 1990, and I have subsequently spent the last 29 years trapped within a 200 metre radius of my house. When my DLA recently came to an end, the DWP advised me to register for PIP which I did. As was probably expected I received 0 points on both Mobility and Daily Living components. I asked for a mandatory reconsideration after providing additional evidence but the result was the same. I then asked for a second mandatory reconsideration notice, providing additional evidence from my doctor, while simultaneously notifying the DWP of my having instigated tribunal procedures. I informed the DWP that I have no contention with their assessment of the Daily Living component, only the Mobility component. The DWP then contacted me by phone offering Standard on Mobility, but my mental health advocate, after analysing my situation, believed I could qualify for Enhanced Mobility, and so I decided to put it into the hands of a tribunal. Seven months passed and I was informed that my tribunal would take place on 11/04/19.
This morning I had my phone tribunal, and I think after all that time I've utterly flubbed it. I was polite, eloquent, and concise in my answers to the best of my ability, and they in kind were very pleasant also. Unfortunately, three quarters of the way through they asked me if I still receive help from medical authorities regarding occupational therapists taking me out in order to combat my illness, and I had to answer in the negative. Between the ages of 19-34 I had a whole host of therapists who over the years I would go out with in the hopes that I could increase my radius of travel. Unfortunately I ended up ceasing these experiments because all progress made was temporary. To explain: My boundary safety radius isn't like a concrete wall, meaning that if I did break through and get further on a given day it didn't mean that from then on I could subsequently get that far. My boundary is more like a rubber band in that I could do well one day, and on a bad day not get further than 5 steps from my house. This constant having to start all over again reached its culmination one day when while with my occupational therapist I had a terrible panic attack and had to return home, and I essentially said to him that I cannot do this anymore, and since that date I ceased therapy. I wasn't going to lie to the judge and answered truthfully, but I'm now concerned they'll label me as an indolent person and this will affect their decision. After that admittance I wouldn't be surprised if the tribunal tell me that I should be the one making payments to the DWP.
They didn't give me the decision there as I understand that a notice is posted regarding their decision.
The people in this forum are obviously very astute on these matters. Do you think I have negatively impacted my own tribunal?