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Advice re PiP reassessment & loss of benefit; DWP said I can walk 200 meters when I can't...

lleettlleett Member Posts: 3 Listener
I was recently reassessed for PiP, and they took money off my benefit because they said I did not appear breathless or in pain when assessed. This is in relation to the 'moving around' section, which due to back pain and breathlessness for a long time now I have not been able to walk further than around 80 meters without getting really breathless and also being in pain and having to stop, and as such my previous assessor said I couldn't walk more than 50- 200 meters. I have diabetes and an immune system condition and a bunch of other stuff that together mean I am very nauseus and fatigued a lot of the time, and my back is in a bad way, and I get breathless very, very easily. I also get a lot of chest infections. All of this has been provided to them in terms of medical evidence. I also suffer anxiety, and again they have ample evidence of this. My assessment also took place at my home, and yet despite all of that, they have incredibly claimed I can walk over 200 meters because the assessor did not observe me getting breathless or being in pain walking the *few meters* from my sofa to the my door to let her in. 

I can't believe they are doing this. I only got the letter yesterday when it was too late to call anywhere. I am wondering if anyone here has suffered a similar issue and has any advice? I particularly want to know if they can really just claim I can walk over 200 meters like this, but also how I can prove that I can't do this?

Any advice really very much appreciated!

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    What award did you previously have? You say you can walk 80 metres but that won't score you enough for a mobility award for moving around part. You also said that the previous assessor said you can walk between 50 - 200 metres but that would only score you 4 points.

    Your next step is to request the mandatory reconsideration (MR). You have 1 month from the date of the decision to request this. You should put it in writing stating what you disagree with and where you think you should have scored those points and your reasons why. Adding 2-3 examples of what happened the last time you attempted that activity for each descriptor that applies to you.

    DWP and the Tribunal (if it gets that far and most do) won't appreciate you mentioning any lies that may have been told in the report. Any complaints about the report should be made to the health assessment providers.
    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.
  • lleettlleett Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thanks, I just realised that even though they took those points away, it is my daily living amount that has been cut. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    If this means you don't have a PIP award then this could affect any other benefits you claim.
    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.
  • tc55tc55 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Did they walk with you for 200 metres, if not how can they judge how far you can walk. You must appeal.
  • twonkertwonker Posts: 617 Member
    lleett said:
    I was recently reassessed for PiP, and they took money off my benefit because they said I did not appear breathless or in pain when assessed. This is in relation to the 'moving around' section, which due to back pain and breathlessness for a long time now I have not been able to walk further than around 80 meters without getting really breathless and also being in pain and having to stop, and as such my previous assessor said I couldn't walk more than 50- 200 meters. I have diabetes and an immune system condition and a bunch of other stuff that together mean I am very nauseus and fatigued a lot of the time, and my back is in a bad way, and I get breathless very, very easily. I also get a lot of chest infections. All of this has been provided to them in terms of medical evidence. I also suffer anxiety, and again they have ample evidence of this. My assessment also took place at my home, and yet despite all of that, they have incredibly claimed I can walk over 200 meters because the assessor did not observe me getting breathless or being in pain walking the *few meters* from my sofa to the my door to let her in. 

    I can't believe they are doing this. I only got the letter yesterday when it was too late to call anywhere. I am wondering if anyone here has suffered a similar issue and has any advice? I particularly want to know if they can really just claim I can walk over 200 meters like this, but also how I can prove that I can't do this?


    They can state what they want as there is no evidence to support that you can't walk 200 metres.


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