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PIP reviewed and now disallowed

BattyWitchBattyWitch Member Posts: 4 Connected
I filled in my PIP Review Form and sent it off and then had a medical assessment over the phone. I received my award letter the other day from them informing me that I had 0 points and therefore they had stopped my payments.

I have bipolar disorder, severe anxiety and fibromyalgia and since I started getting DLA 10 years ago I have been getting the high rate of care and the low rate of mobility which has been reviewed every few years so you can imagine my shock at being told that I was being disallowed. 

After the shock of being told that, I then received another letter the following day informing me that my ESA had been reduced because of my PIP being disallowed. By the time you add up all the money that I have lost it comes to £716.20 every 4 weeks.

I have put in for a Mandatory Reconsideration and I'm waiting to hear back. If necessary though I will take it to a tribunal.

I have also contacted my local MP informing him about how people with genuine disabilities are being treated.

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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,210 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    Sorry to hear about your PIP decision  and imagine the shock you had 

    Let's hope you get a result from the MR in your favour thi the success rate is lower than at tribunal 

    Keep us updated how you get on 
  • BattyWitchBattyWitch Member Posts: 4 Connected
    Thanks. It really was a shock and as I live alone it has left me in serious financial difficulty so I'm keeping everything crossed. 

    I'll let you know how things work out. 
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,775 Disability Gamechanger
    @BattyWitch good afternoon and welcome to scope, that's a lot of money to lose every month, something like 40% of MR's have a positive outcome, but it's a good idea to use this time to try and line up some support if you have to go to appeal, welfare rights is a good place to start.

    i would suspect your MP is either already aware of how badly some disabled people are treated or simply doesn't care.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • BattyWitchBattyWitch Member Posts: 4 Connected
    Thank you I'll try to get a hold of someone from welfare rights tomorrow.
  • TeddyB22TeddyB22 Member Posts: 156 Courageous
    BattyWitch said:
    Thank you I'll try to get a hold of someone from welfare rights tomorrow.
    I'm sorry to hear about what they are putting you through.
    I really fear now they are restarting f2f assessments that their attitude is hardening.
    I didn't know that they could reduce your ESA because of this either. I always thought criteria were different for ESA/PIP.
    I do hope you'll get satisfaction eventually. Seems Tribunals are the fairest way for people to get what they deserve.
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 1,215 Pioneering
    edited April 27
    TeddyB22 said:..
    I didn't know that they could reduce your ESA because of this either. I always thought criteria were different for ESA/PIP.
    The criteria are different but the ESA may have included a Severe Disability Premium, entitlement to which depends on being in receipt of PIP (or other disability benefit). If the PIP stops the SDP is lost. Has nothing to do with ESA assessment.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • BattyWitchBattyWitch Member Posts: 4 Connected
    It is the SDP that has been removed from my ESA but I was told that if I win my PIP award back I will be able to ask them to reinstate the SDP and have it backdated. 
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 1,215 Pioneering
    It is the SDP that has been removed from my ESA but I was told that if I win my PIP award back I will be able to ask them to reinstate the SDP and have it backdated. 
    That’s correct.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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