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Can you use previous PIP/Tribunal Award as evidence?

PIPnewbie
PIPnewbie Member Posts: 298 Pioneering
Just helping my partner fill out her application for PIP as her award is coming to an end.

The tribunal awarded her enhanced mobility (previously no mobility award) on top of standard daily living because the DWP “grossly underestimated the psychological impact of her condition when going out”.

I was just wondering can a copy of this be used to show proof of needing someone with her to travel?

I have a feeling the DWP will just expect this to have magically changed now she’s reapplying.

Comments

  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,132 Disability Gamechanger
    Always treat a renewal the same as you would a new application, any relevant evidence is good.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,050 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there 

    You can send whatever evidence you like but less is more and should be relevant.  If it evidences how her condition affects her mobility 

    Also you are told to only send in new evidence I would presume they all ready have the tribunal report 

    But the decision is entirely yours 
  • PIPnewbie
    PIPnewbie Member Posts: 298 Pioneering
    Thanks for the replies guys.

    @janer1967 so is there any point in sending in proof of her Crohn’s and any of the evidence used the first time around since they will already have it?
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,050 Disability Gamechanger
    If is only my opinion  and others may disagree but I am sure the instructions tell you to only send new evidence? 

    It is what I did for my last review . I had new prescription list and letter from consultant to confirm treatment and my loss of sight in one eye as this was new condition since last review 

    That is all I sent off 

    Concentrate more on your form completion and even if no change in condition still explain how your partner is affected against each relevant descriptor 

    Give real examples of what happens for each task 
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,845 Connected
    You need to treat this as a new claim and submit all relevant evidence. Your claim will not be linked to previous claims so you cannot assume they will have anything. 

    Proof of a diagnosis is rarely needed as it’s unlikely to be in dispute. There is no requirement or even suggestion to only send in new evidence. Relevant evidence is what’s needed. 

    By all means submit a previous tribunal decision but as you won you won’t have requested a statement of reasons so your decision will be the summary decision and largely based on a template. It will be of limited use indeed and frankly if you view something like that as important then your claim is in trouble from the off. Better to focus on the basics of a new claim. See https://forum.scope.org.uk/discussion/56365/pip-form-filling#latest
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 6,638

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  • PIPnewbie
    PIPnewbie Member Posts: 298 Pioneering
    @mikehughescq wow, thank you for the link. I’ve copied it all down. That’s some solid advice.

    I never knew your own personal testimony would trump medical evidence as obviously the former can be embellished whereas the latter from professionals can’t.

    @Ross_Scope yes indeed. Everyone’s been a great help but Mike’s thread was golden!
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,845 Connected
    Number 7 is of course out of date as all claims now get 3 months to return the PIP 2/AR 1 form. The joy of pandemics.

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