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Assessor lied for pip

star05
star05 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
I had a f2f 3 weeks ago. I got my report yesterday. I cried she had blatantly  lied. I rang the dwp up and was so distressed on the phone. They have written down what I said that she has lied about. Decision has not been made yet but I scored no points. I have spent since last night writing up every point that she lied about and the real truth. Do I send it of to the dwp. Can I get her sacked she claims to be a mental health nurse I have told them she needs sacking 
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,331 Disability Gamechanger
    Firstly you need to get your claim sorted out and forget about if she lied or not, I assume this was for PIP? when you get the decision from the DWP you can ask for an MR (mandatory re-consideration) at this point you should concentrate on telling them where you think you should have scored points but didn't, if the MR fails then you will have to appeal, again they won't be interested on why you think the assessor lied.
    When you get your award then perhaps consider complaining to the people who carried out the assessment but i'm afraid it wont get you very far.
    Not exactly what you wanted to hear i'm afraid.
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,449 Disability Gamechanger
    edited February 2020
    Hi,

    I have to agree with @woodbine here sorry. You can't prove what did or didn't happen during the assessment and DWP won't be interested in any of the lies/contradictions. Any complaints about the report should be sent to the health assessment providers.

    It's unlikely that the HCP will be sacked because again you can't prove what did or didn't happen. Once the decision's been made you'll have 1 month from that date to request the MR.

    When writing the MR letter it will also be very useful to add a couple of real life examples of what happened the last time you attempted that activity for each descriptor that applies to you.

    May i also ask if this was a transfer from DLA? i see from another thread that you were claiming this.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • star05
    star05 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    Yes it was a transfer.  I have picked the report apart and she said I did not need support for anything. I scored zero.  Why can they lie and get away with it. 
  • star05
    star05 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    May I add that I work and I feel that this has gone against me even though I struggle on a daily basis and have only just gone back after being of sick due to my heart 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,331 Disability Gamechanger
    star05 said:
    May I add that I work and I feel that this has gone against me even though I struggle on a daily basis and have only just gone back after being of sick due to my heart 
    many people claimed DLA and worked, and many claim PIP and work, you can still have care and/or mobility issues and work, it would not have gone against you.
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,449 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes people do claim PIP and work BUT if the work you do contradicts the reasons why you're claiming PIP then it can go against you.

    Please also be aware that DLA and PIP are completely different. PIP is about how your conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors. It's not about a diagnosis.

    If it gets to Tribunal and most do then concentrating on the report will not be appreciated. It won't get you a PIP award. The only thing it will do is weaken your case. You need to state where you think you should have scored those points and your reasons why then add those real life examples.

    Send relevant evidence with the letter to support your claim.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • pollyanna1052
    pollyanna1052 Community member Posts: 2,032 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi, many people are very upset when they read their PIP assessor`s report.

    This subject has been thrashed about on here and other support groups I use.

    Getting the right result cannot be guaranteed.....even if you have been on DLA for years.

    As Poppy and others have said, go back into the descriptors and pick them apart with a fine toothcomb.....using them to explain how certain activities are difficult for you...what equipment you use and when you need the help of another person, to compete the activity safely and often.

    After you receive your decision, go for an MR.......see how that goes....go to tribunal if necessary.

    As wrong as it is, DWP take no notice when claimants say assessors have lied. I got a right bee in my bonnet about this..on behalf of other people! 

    Do your letter about this after your award has been made..if any.

    I hear what you`re saying. xx
  • star05
    star05 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    Do you know what this means at the bottom of my report. 

    Based on the available evidence, I consider there to be no requirement to arrange a review of this claim as significant change is unlikely and then the box is ticked. 

    It then says 
    no significant restrictions identified and review is not required 



  • soconfused
    soconfused Community member Posts: 102 Courageous
    Hi @star05

    I think it means she says that's it and there is no need to review as you don't have anything wrong with you, which is totally wrong. The DWP just got exposed for over 7000 PIP reports altered or binned - it's such a massive thing 

    I had a home visit for my F2F and the assessor left out the whole conversation regarding my anxiety and going places and planning journeys - she tried to justify it by saying as I had held a driving licence and drove I had no mental health issues. 

    I got 10 points for Mobility and therefore standard. I asked for the Mandatory Reconsideration and that was also rejected - end of the day the case managers are not qualified so they go 100% off the points given - which is why so many people say get the report so you can work out what the decision is likely to be - It's not guaranteed but it most always is what they wrote down.

    I then waited 5 months for a Tribunal which I had last Thursday - and all they did was concentrate on the section the DA had left out - In the end I was awarded another 4 points for planning a journey and so I am now on Enchanced Mobility

    Keep the fight my friend, I was so scared I had done the wrong thing I nearly pulled out of my Tribunal - but now I am glad I stuck at it - the people on the panel were lovely and the DWP rep also got a roasting from the judge which made me smile inside :)
  • pollyanna1052
    pollyanna1052 Community member Posts: 2,032 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi, I have heard that Tribunal panels give DWP a roasting for denying claimants a fair deal. They are decent human beings, which sadly, some assessors aren't.

    Mine didn't even ask me about `following a unknown route alone`...but said I can in her report. I cant! I don't go anywhere alone.
  • star05
    star05 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    I rang them and they told me to send in a letter so o have typed it up and sent it. She said that I did not require support in the bathroom. I pulled the report to pieces and said that she did not observe me in the bathroom so how can she know that and also that I can walk more then 200 meters without anything distressing me. Again she did not observe that and also she said that I had given consent for a physical examination that everything was ok. She never asked me so she lied. I have also picked to pieces the descriptors and told them how certain descriptions affect me.  How on earth can you assess someone in 55 minutes.  
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,449 Disability Gamechanger
    Observations are part of the assessment process and even though you obviously weren't observed in the bathroom some of the things that "may" have happened during the assessment for the observations and the evidence you sent is most likely where the conclusions came from. For example, you may have got up from the chair you were sat in with ease or you may have bent down to take something from a bag, without any problems. You may have been observed walking from the waiting room to the assessment room, without too much difficulty. I'm not saying this is what happened of course, it's purely an example.

    Pulling the report to pieces and mentioning and lies/contradictions is not going to get you a PIP award and they won't be interested in any of that. What they will be interested in is where and why you think you should have scored those points. Then add a couple of real life examples of what happened the last time you attempted that activity for each descriptor that applies to you, will also help.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • star05
    star05 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    I have I have done this and given them examples. It may not get me the pip award but at least I actually felt better. I know I have to give my notice in at work and leave because without that support I will not be able to go to work. The woman who did the assessment I’m surprised she sleeps at night like I said how can you know someone in 55minutes.   
  • soconfused
    soconfused Community member Posts: 102 Courageous
    edited March 2020
    Well they can't - but they don't want to - they just want to keep the awards down so will do anything they can to stop the claim - or so it seems.

    I now have up to 8 weeks to wait for my letters and money - I will have just under 3 years of award so I intend to use it to it's fullest - first thing will be a nice new mobility scooter as I don't have one right now and I would be able to get out again.  
  • Cressida
    Cressida Community member Posts: 1,004 Pioneering
    star05 said:
    I have I have done this and given them examples. It may not get me the pip award but at least I actually felt better. I know I have to give my notice in at work and leave because without that support I will not be able to go to work. The woman who did the assessment I’m surprised she sleeps at night like I said how can you know someone in 55minutes.   
    I work and receive pip, it is possible. Please don't resign from work because of the report. As long as the work you do doesn't contradict what you put on the form. Good luck. 
  • cristobal
    cristobal Community member Posts: 984 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2020
    @Username_removed - I agree with you...

    Also, in my opinion, the assessors don't conclude that there isn't "anything wrong with you" - most of the time the fact that there is something wrong is beyond dispute because a doctor says so.

    It's the impact it has on you that they disagree with - our old friend 'functional ability' again...

    Regards...
  • skullcap
    skullcap Posts: 169 Courageous
    ilovecats said:
      
    They don’t want to keep the ‘awards down’.
    The assessors do not have any targets for awarding. 
    If anything they are picked up on under awarding.
    They are also not very astute at picking up on when a claimant under states their difficulties and where they over state their abilities so as not to be seen as some poor old guy who is finding just living extremely hard work but by human nature will always tend to overplay how they are able to cope.
    I remember in my last assessment being asked if I drive or have a driving licence. I told her no I had handed it back to the DVLA. She clearly didn't believe me because her next question was that if I did have a driving licence would I still be able to drive a car - of course I could but wouldn't want to. You can imagine what was in the report. It was said that I would have no difficulty driving a car hence no mental illness and physically fit!!

  • cristobal
    cristobal Community member Posts: 984 Disability Gamechanger
    @skullcap yadnad ...

    Following my assessment I got some points in 2 activities where I'd put 'no problems' on my application, and left the rest of the box blank.
  • jack13
    jack13 Community member Posts: 23 Connected
    Sorry for butting in. I had a f2f which was full of lies. I put a complaint in not expecting anything but received a letter. The serious complaints department as taken over and 2 men are coming out on Thursday. As anyone eles got this for. Im still awaiting if i get enhanced in daily living through reconsideration 
  • jack13
    jack13 Community member Posts: 23 Connected
    The main thing she did wrong is say i have no cognitive diagnosis. I have ME. You have to have cognitive sensory sensitivity to get a diagnosis of ME. She said i see no specialist im under a team of specialist she even as letters from them. She said i don't need help with things because im on mild prescription pain meds. Im in chronic pain and been on 2 lots of painkillers for 18 years she also misgendered me twice.  It was a complete copy and paste report and she had no idea what ME or FND is

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