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Hope someone can help ?????

mrsamywilmrsamywil Member Posts: 5 Listener
Hi guys I'm a newbie ♥️♥️♥️
I'm hoping that one of you can help me xx
In may 2018 I was called in for a iuc by pip 
They had video evidence of me answering the door not using my inhaler (severe asthmatic) and walking to my car which is the front not using the inhaler 
The interview was horrendous to the fact that I actually wet myself one of the interviewers was horrendous rolling his eyes when I mentioned I had fibromyalgia and generally being a bully I was sobbing continuously through this interview 
My pip was stopped and so  i made an official complaint against this bully which was swept under the carpet the interview left me in a mental state of which I ended up dialling 999 for chest pains 
The mandatory reconsideration had also been turned down so december 2018 I took it to tribunal in which I stated I would not be attending due to my I'll health and the treatment I received at the last interview .
Couple of months later I was diagnosed with m.e /cfs which they have stated that the traumatic event could be a contributing factor .
In october I was speaking to my support worker and she advised me to get my local mp involved in the treatment that I received by the dwp in which they have wrote to them to complain that was in November 
I've now been waiting 53 weeks for tribunal and I received a letter other day from the pip fraud department to say they have closed there investigation??????
So what happens now will they turn up at the tribunal or just not bother my anxiety is sky high whittling about this 

Sorry for the long post but didnt know who to turn to

Replies

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

    If the investigation has closed have you rang DWP to ask what's happening about your PIP payments? If you haven't then i'd advise you to do this, unfortunately because we don't know anything about your case then we can't answer your questions, only DWP can do that. They open tomorrow morning at 8, give them a ring then.

    Good luck. If you need further advice after that call then please do come back.
    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.
  • mrsamywilmrsamywil Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Hi poppy thanks for your reply my payments stopped in june 2018 
    Not had pip for 18 months I'm just wondering if it's because the local mp had put in an official complaint about my treatment 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I have no idea i'm afraid and it's impossible to answer that question. Did you ring DWP like i advised? They are the only ones that can answer your questions.
    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.
  • mrsamywilmrsamywil Member Posts: 5 Listener
    No I havent the mp is gonna contact them I was just wondering if anyone had been in this position 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,936 Disability Gamechanger
    Taking your bat home and declining to attend because of how you were treated at the IUC is not a winning strategy. You have a significantly better chance of winning if you attend and are represented. Everybody appealing a PIP hearing has ill health. You will need very specific reasons for not doing so. 

    Your CFS is also irrelevant to the matter under appeal as it wasn’t present on the date of claim. It also won’t prevent most people from attending. Decide your must productive part of the day and proactively ask for the appeal to be listed then.

    The closing of a fraud investigation is just that. They’ve concluded there was no fraud. It does not mean you qualify for PIP. In order to do that you will need to continue with your appeal. The advice from your support worker is well meaning but not especially helpful. The matter is under appeal. That’s what will sort your case. An MP has no influence with a private company doing PIP assessments. One of many reasons why DWP persist with the idea. 

    A presenting officer may turn up at your appeal. No rep from the fraud team will ever be there unless there’s a reason and unless they’re compelled to do so. In most cases when judges compel them to do so they simply ignore it.

    Time to get yourself some representation.
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