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TOPIC: PIP. Is it worth appealing for a longer award.

PIP. Is it worth appealing for a longer award. 1 month 3 days ago #236022

Hi, I was on DLA and have been transferred to PIP, it's been quite a battle. I have received standard rate care after a reconsideration. I'm planning to appeal for mobility.

Standard care has been awarded for 3 years. is there any way to tell on the letter whether this is a fixed term award, or it will be reviewed after 3 years? The difference being having to make a fresh application, rather than review, I'm not very familiar how it works.

And the 2nd question is it worth appealing the length of award. As I intend to appeal being turned down for mobility. Thank you

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PIP. Is it worth appealing for a longer award. 1 month 3 days ago #236024

Hi James9000

It means you will be reviewed in three years. They actually send out the review form six months before the end date.

If you are putting in an appeal - you might as well challenge the length of the award. Not many members report success in this area, but there are those that have had the award length extended, so you have nothing to lose by doing it.

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PIP. Is it worth appealing for a longer award. 1 month 3 days ago #236050

Thank you, that is interesting to know.

BIS wrote: Hi James9000

It means you will be reviewed in three years. They actually send out the review form six months before the end date.

If you are putting in an appeal - you might as well challenge the length of the award. Not many members report success in this area, but there are those that have had the award length extended, so you have nothing to lose by doing it.

BIS

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PIP. Is it worth appealing for a longer award. 1 month 3 days ago #236072

I was awarded 3 years, but they wanted a re-assessment after only 2 years, which I was not at all expecting. I was told that was standard, but it could be because they wanted me off PIP before retirement.
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PIP. Is it worth appealing for a longer award. 1 month 2 days ago #236181

I had to go to Tribunal for PIP as I got 0 points and the MR was done w/out waiting for my letter. Despite recommending 0 points the assessor had said I should be reassessed in 18 months, so I put a short section in my tribunal submission about the length of the award.
For my mental health I pointed out the length of my MH problems (decades), severity (>10 psych meds, suicide attempt, self harm, visits to A&E, therapies, 8 years in specialist NHS Service (was tertiary, then 2ndary, now community), and that I am now officially "refractory" according to the NHS, etc. I also listed the major traumas I've been through in my life (numerous) and pointed out the line in the letter my counsellor sent that said that trauma recovery I takes a long time.
For my chronic pain I pointed out length (11 years), that I've had a bunch of Pain Clinic interventions which only helped short-term, that I can't have further surgery, that I've been through the Pain Clinic Pain Management service and am now discharged because there's nothing more they can do, that I've had various physiotherapies, seen osteopaths, chiros, massage therapists, etc., that I use all the useful things like TENS, and that my condition has fluctuated but never been good enough to be other than disabling.
I mentioned the job I managed for 2 years (from home, completely flexible, part-time) and pointed out that both my MH and pain/function had gotten worse while working, resulting in numerous periods signed off, eventually being signed off permanently, and ending up in the hospital for 5 days of IV morphine.
I also pointed out that stress makes both disabilities worse, and that dealing with benefits has seriously set my health back every time. Said that if there were any chance of making progress, constant reassessments were nixing it.

I don't know what parts were convincing, but the tribunal gave me 4 years.

Hope that's helpful.
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PIP. Is it worth appealing for a longer award. 1 month 1 day ago #236227

Only 4 years! Should've had 10. Poor you.

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