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'Unexpected evidence ' 6 months 1 week ago #222759

A neighbour has recently attended an ESA re-assessment. She has suffered for ten years with COPD. She has a four-wheeled walking aid.
The assessor observed that my neighbour, on entry, was "breathless +++ walking 20 metres,while talking, and at rest.
The assessor described this as 'Unexpected evidence', and has passed this on to the GP, asking 'could you advise further?'.
From my experience, this seems unusual and would appear to substantially support the claimant's case. Have you heard of this happening to other claimants ?
Should my neighbour be claiming PIP ?

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'Unexpected evidence ' 6 months 1 week ago #222786

Peter

This normally happens when the assessor believes that the claimant has a severe condition that was not mentioned in their claim form, in this case, I suspect that they thought that your neighbour's COPD was a lot worse than they had said it to be and yes, it should help with their claim.

Does your neighbour meet the PIP criteria for an award? See our PIP Claim guide

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claimants/pip

Gordon
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'Unexpected evidence ' 5 months 4 weeks ago #223338

Update:
Her GP has indeed been in touch, confirming that DWP have been in touch, asking ; 'How ill is this woman ?'
GP says 'this kind of request doesn't happen often, if at all' .
Is this a softening of DWP attitude, I wonder ? Not before time.
Maybe a General Election is being planned !

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'Unexpected evidence ' 3 months 3 weeks ago #226646

Now at Pip assessment Stage.
Pleasantly surprised to find that Atos had been sent a letter by DWP explaining that my neighbour had been assessed at the ESA medical as having severe breathing difficulty. It was quoted to us at the medical.
Never heard of this before. Could be a positive development ?

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'Unexpected evidence ' 3 months 5 days ago #227535

Thank you, thank you, thank you !
12pts on both PIP elements !
Would not have done it without the member's guides and the Benefits and Work website.
We are so pleased !

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'Unexpected evidence ' 3 months 5 days ago #227547

Peter

Terrific news, well done.

Gordon

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