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I won my appeal. Don't give up!

davedj44davedj44 Member Posts: 32 Connected
Hi everyone.
I have, like many had a long distressing time with my pip award. June last year I had all my points stripped after an unpleasant assessment, then after waiting 12 months for a tribunal was only awarded 2 points, the tribunal was worse than the initial assessment. 
My local mp put me in touch with the mental health charity Raise. I had a guy called Mike take my case. After waiting 2 months he finally got my statement of reasons and was able to find numerous errors in the way my tribunal was handled. He warned me that the first rear appeal could take months or closer to 12 months to get a response, but I was fortunate to get a reply from the courts within a couple of weeks letting me know that I didn't have to go through the first part, that the original decision was cancelled and within a couple of weeks I'd be called in for a fresh hearing. That happened on Wednesday 12th November and I had my points reinstated and won my appeal.
I won't lie, it has been one of the most difficult times for me, but let me say to anyone who has lost their original tribunal. Don't give up, depending on your circumstances ask your mp to put you in touch with a group that is tailored to your conditions and don't give up. I hope this has been some help to someone out there struggling with the benefits system. 


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