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TOPIC: PIP downgrade

PIP downgrade 4 months 1 week ago #227580

Dear sir/madam,
Was very heartbroken for my son.
In November 2016 as soon as my son turned 16 he was moved to PIP
My son who was born with a life limiting condition and of 2016 had heart failure and his right heart chamber has stopped working
Jan 25 th 2019 Capita Assesed my sons condition.last Wednesday 6th March DWP wrote to us informing my sons mobility has been downgraded to standard.
Now this is young man who is seriously ill with a heart half functioning.
On receiving the letter I now find out DWP did not bother to get in touch with the Hospice or his Cardiologist.
It would have not been such upsetting if they had consulted the professional who have cared for my son since birth.
Could someone please guide me kindly.

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PIP downgrade 4 months 1 week ago #227597


I've moved your post to its own topic, we ask members not to post their questions in other member's topics as it can lead to the wrong advice being given or taken.

Unfortunately, neither the DWP nor the assessor are required to get in touch with the claimant's medical contacts.

The first stage to challenging a Decision is for you to request a Mandatory Reconsideration, this needs to be done in writing to the DWP, within one month of the Decision, to the office that dealt with your claim, have a look at our PIP MR & Appeal guide for details of the process, the PIP area also has template letters that you can use to make the request with.


You should contact the DWP for a copy of the assessment report if you have not already done so, I would phone them but again follow up the request in writing. Once you have the assessment report you will have a better understanding of how the DWP Decision Maker has come to their conclusions and will then be able to argue against them.

Your primary task is to show that you meet the criteria, there are many reasons you may have failed, you need to address each of these but don't get bogged down in criticising the assessment report unless you can clearly show that it is incorrect, it is a lot easier to argue the facts of the situation;

"the assessor recorded that I walked 50m, I did but they have failed to document that I had to stop every 10m for a rest due to breathlessness"

than their opinions

"based on my observations of the claimant walking I believe that they can reliably walk more than 200m.

When you have a better idea of the issues with your claim, come back to the forum and we will do our best to help.


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