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DLA to PIP 4 months 3 days ago #232168

Hi please please can someone help me, I have Ehlers danlos, Fibro, Spondylitis, facet joint syndrome and more. I was ill health retired by the local authorities at 38 years old, im now 48, I am in the support group fro ESA, and was on High Rate DLA for both, I have just had my letter back with my first PIP decision, I have been awarded Care standard and Mobility Standard, this means I am going to lose my adapted car, my only means on independence, I have a hoist for my chair etc What can I do, I am so upset and beside myself, how can you go from high DLA to Standard PIP? Im in the support group of ESA as well? The sad thing is I would love to work, please help Thank you

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DLA to PIP 4 months 3 days ago #232171

Hi Nikkibam

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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