Appealing mobility element should I include disputed daily living activities as well?

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yanni
yanni Community member Posts: 92 Empowering
edited April 2021 in PIP, DLA, and AA

 I am appealing to tribunal for the mobility element of my award but I don’t know whether to include the disputed daily living activities .

 On my PIP form I said I felt 8 points for communicating was appropriate (unchanged from last time ) but I have been awarded 12 points  I also got 2 points for engaging with other people. It was a paper assessment as I can’t hear well enough on the phone.

8 points is for needing support to understand basic verbal communication.

12 points is saying that even with this support I still can’t understand verbal information but as I don’t have this support in real life it is impossible for me to prove that this theoretical support wouldn’t help.

I think I should have also had points for washing and bathing (awarded 0 points  I think it should have been 2 for not hearing a smoke alarm whilst washing and bathing) and engaging (awarded 2 points I think it should have been 4)..

I appealed mobility and the washing and bathing and engaging at MR ( because I thought the DWP may have reduced the 12 points for communicating back down to 8 at MR) but the response was ‘you already have an enhanced award we can’t award you a higher award’.They didn’t award any points or explain if I was or wasn’t entitled to the points  

If the DWP had awarded me the 2 points for washing and bathing it wouldn’t have mattered if the communication points went down to 8 I would still have had 12 points.

The reason I am asking if I should include the daily living activities despite having an enhanced award at the moment is that if there is a video tribunal hearing it will be in very favourable listening conditions;including no background noise, being able to turn up the volume on my laptop, the speaker looking at me so I can lipread and having an amplified loop system which isn’t visible; will make the tribunal think I can hear a lot better than I actually can in ‘real life’. The loop system is plugged into the headphone socket of the laptop or TV so doesn’t work when having a conversation in real life. I can’t not use it at a video tribunal because I then I can’t understand enough to participate in the tribunal hearing.

On the statement of reasons from my last tribunal there were comments about me not needing to look at the speech to text translator screen very much but there was an amplified loop system in place, the desks had been pushed together to reduce the distance between me and the panel and they were all aware I needed to lipread but the judge seemed to have forgotten all those factors and  I am worried this is going to happen again at a video tribunal.

 If, as a result of their observations, this next tribunal reduce the communication points down to 8 then the disputed DL activities become relevant because without them I can’t retain an enhanced award.

On the other hand I don’t want to look if I am wasting the tribunal’s time disputing points that as it stands at the moment would make no difference to the award level.

 I’ve read that it is the tribunal’s decision whether or not to look at all the activities the DWP have awarded points for.

 How likely is it that they would look at communication if neither party are disputing it?

 Do I mention the disputed daily living activities or not? 

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,922 Championing
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    Hi there 

    As you have the enhanced award already I doubt the tribunal will want to look at that element same as DWP said 

    The tribunal dont usually look at taking points away 

    You should get some expert advice from welfare rights 
  • Caz_Alumni
    Caz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 621 Empowering
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    Hi @yanni

    How are you doing today?

    Following your query above, I just wanted to check in and see if our other members' posts have helped to answer your questions? Thanks very much to all for providing that additional advice and guidance.

    As it stands, it looks like you might also want to seek some expert advice on this issue as well? In which case, I thought it might be helpful to include some links to other organisations that might be able to provide you with that guidance - for example, advicelocal or Citizens' Advice.

    Hope that's useful to you? And please do also feel free to come back to us if you have any other questions or you would like some further support from the community on this issue.
  • yanni
    yanni Community member Posts: 92 Empowering
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    Mike 

     I have posted a grand total of 4 posts since 2018  how is this "four or five threads on this one topic".? and how do you know I haven't followed up on the advice given?

    I did follow up on the advice offered when I was considering a UT appeal but I couldn't continue with it for unrelated personal reasons.

    I posted  a question last week asking about mobility which you responded to and which I posted to say thank you it was helpful. 

    The last post you answered yesterday - a Sunday afternoon of a bank holiday weekend. 

    If you had read my post I said that I said the DWP had awarded me 12 points for communicating which was more than I was expecting and I couldn't see how I could justify the 12 points if a tribunal queried it and that I was concerned I would lose my EDL and was asking if it was worth adding 2 DL activities that I had queried at MR. That was all.

    Quite what I have done to warrant  this aggressive post I have no idea.








  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,117 Championing
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    @yanni Mike is a very experienced benefits advisor, and whilst his advice is always down to earth I have never seen a single post from him that has been aggressive.