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Given 0 points for moving around

allyroseallyrose Member Posts: 3 Listener
edited December 2019 in PIP, DLA and AA
Hi, I have great pain with osteoarthritis in my knees, hips and spine and walk with a crutch all the time.  However, PIP are saying I can stand and walk more than 200 metres aided or unaided which I can't without extreme pain and gave me 0 points for moving around.

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome.

    If you disagree with the decision and it was made within the last month then you should request the Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) you should put this in writing stating where you think you should have scored those points and your reasons why. Adding a couple of real life examples of what happened the last time you attempted that activity for each descriptor that applies to you.

    Although most MR decisions remain the same, there is also a chance that you could lose everything you already have, if you have an award in place. Of course the decision could also change but it's very rare. If you do have an award in place then i'd advise you to get some expert face to face advice before requesting the MR because no one on an internet forum can tell you if there's any risks to your current award.
    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.
  • chiariedschiarieds Member Posts: 7,884 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @allyrose - Welcome to the community from me too. If I can add to the important information that Poppy has given, the fact that your walking means you need an aid such as a stick, or in your case a crutch, is not considered with PIP, as this 'aids' your walking. What may help your case is that walking causes you extreme pain.
    As far as the 'Moving Around' part of PIP goes, you should be able to do this 'reliably.'
    According to DWP guidance:
    ‘When assessing whether the activity can be carried out reliably, consideration should be given to
    the manner in which they do so. This includes but is not limited to, their gait, their speed, the risk of
    falls and symptoms or side effects that could affect their ability to complete the activity, such as
    pain, breathlessness and fatigue. However, for this activity this only refers to the physical act of
    moving.'
    If you haven't scored any points for this component it might be worth pursuing, But, if you have do have an award for the 'Daily Living' part, you might lose this, as, if you go for a MR, the whole award is looked at again. Sadly few cases are successful with a MR. So please seek local face to face advice as advised.

  • allyroseallyrose Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thanks for the replies.
    I've already done the MR as after the face to face I was awarded 0 points they have now given me 11 points for daily living needs and 0 for mobility which is my main problem.
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