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Help with PIP appeal

Maureen1962Maureen1962 Member Posts: 3 Listener
edited July 2019 in PIP, DLA and AA
Hi I took am in the process of appealing. I have multiple sclerosis, I got 10 points for mobility. They said because I wasn't sweating and showing symptoms of distress, I can follow a route!!!!!! I can only drive a very short distance by myself, I have ms related cognitive problems, but because, I am not under the mental health team, there is no problrm. I am so angry, they are absolutely clueless

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,662 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Maureen1962 and a warm welcome to the community! I'm sorry to hear the assessment didn't go to plan. I understand how stressful this can be. Have you been sent a copy of your report?

    You have a month to write a letter to request a mandatory reconsideration which uses 2-3 real life of examples about why the decision is incorrect.

    Here is more information about the Mandatory Reconsideration process

    If you need anything else then please do let us know! :)
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  • JonoJono Member Posts: 4 Connected
    Hi Maureen, Don't fear the appeal. I appealed A PIP refusal and worried myself ill for a year. Then the appeal hearing was adjourned and I had to endure another 6 months of worry. Just produce enough evidence to prove you aren't trying to fool anyone and you'll be ok. It seems the awkward or ignorant people are the assessors you first meet. I have read they have targets to meet regardless of the health of who they see, and a lot of people give in and do not go through the appeal process. Good luck and don't give in.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,662 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you for this @Jono :)
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  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,164 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi I took am in the process of appealing. I have multiple sclerosis, I got 10 points for mobility. They said because I wasn't sweating and showing symptoms of distress, I can follow a route!!!!!! I can only drive a very short distance by myself, I have ms related cognitive problems, but because, I am not under the mental health team, there is no problrm. I am so angry, they are absolutely clueless
    Which part did you get the 10 points for?  Was it the physical 'moving around' part?  Unfortunately, being able to drive yourself anywhere makes it very difficult to get points for the journey planning part.

    Sweating and trembling are part of the MSE (mental state examination) which is just a very basic test for distress, I don't think some of the assessors have any idea about it other than what they've read in the brief assessment training.  I was also deemed not to be showing signs of distress, despite shaking, ticking and being so sweaty I had to keep drying my hands on my trouser leg! :(
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Cognitive issues and driving don't go together when claiming PIP and this can very often go against you. I'd advise you to get some face to face advice from an agency near you.
    Community champion and 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.
  • jajajaja Member Posts: 76 Pioneering

    I'm sorry, dealing with these situations is awful. You're right they don't often understand.  As others have suggested I would consider contacting an advice agency to help you deal with this.

    Take care
    J

  • Maureen1962Maureen1962 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thanks for all replying
    I got 10 points for the mobility moving about bit. It said in the notes it was an unfamiliar journey.
     But my friend also has ms and is extremely, anxious she can't drive about anymore and her husband drives her wherever she wants to go, but, she also only got 10!!
  • Maureen1962Maureen1962 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    No because I've lost my car, things with me will never get better hopefully will stay the same, the DWP are clueless, and basically don't listen or care
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,662 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm sorry you feel like you haven't been listened to. If you need any further advise about the appeal then please do let us know!
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