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PIP - overturned before Tribunal in my favour.

MITMIT Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi everyone. 

I had PIP cancelled from last Sept 19 after originally having to go through reassessment from Dec 18.

After stress, anxiety and everything that affects us negatively during this process I reached a point where I'd got to the long wait for a Tribunal. 

However, before that date was given I got a call from PIP saying that they believe that a mistake had been made and that I should still be on what I was originally and back payments should be made to the original date it was stopped. 

I would get this if I agreed not to continue to go to Tribunal. 

I agreed as I'm not after anything more - I just want what I had in order to function in society the best I can and to the least amount of pain and distress. 

However, I'm terrible on the phone and my medication means I have difficulties in understanding specifics as well as remembering details. 

The phone call was about a week ago. 
They said I would continue to get PIP at precious rates and it would be back dated. 

What I don't know is how long this will take. What letters i should be expecting. What the next steps are or if there's anything I should be wary about. 

If anyone has been in a similar situation and can help me then I would be most appreciative. I understand that having a PIP decision come back in your favour at any stage is still *a very good thing* so I don't want to sound like I'm complaining too much. 

I'm just still and will continue to be, in a state of panic until this is resolved. 

Thank you. 

Replies

  • yanniyanni Member Posts: 50 Courageous


    I think the only way you are going to find out how long this will take is by calling the DWP / PIP.

     If you are not good on the phone you can use the Relay UK app to contact them. You type your questions and a relay assistant talks to the DWP for you and then types the DWP’s response.

     https://www.relayuk.bt.com/

     I find it much easier than talking on the phone it gives me time to think about what to say. At the end of the call I copy and paste what was typed and save it on a word document so I have a record of what was said.

     The only thing I would be wary about is how long the award is for as you don’t want to accept this and then find out it is only for a year and find yourself having to go through the whole thing again in a few months time.

     


  • MITMIT Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you for getting back to me. That's really useful, thank you 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @MIT, how are things going?
    Scope

  • MITMIT Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Literally the next day I was called by PIP who said that, even after mandatory reconsideration failed, that they believed "they had made a mistake". 

    I was offered the same rate as I was on before and a rebate back to September if I agreed not to go to tribunal. 

    I may have gotten more financial assistance if I went to tribunal and succeeded but I felt what was already in place preciously met my needs. And of course I may not have had the tribunal go my way. 

    I took that offer and now have the means to support myself again.

    Strangely, apart from the immense amount of relief I got I still felt incredibly drained. At least I don't have to worry for another few years.

    Thanks to everyone who replied


  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,621 Disability Gamechanger
    Perfectly legal to accept the offer, which usually offers the wrong rate or a shorter award than you might get at appeal and then, once payment is in place, simply resume the appeal. 
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