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PIP Application Update 3 months 3 weeks ago #250173

Sasha

The Equality Act was designed to help disabled people when they interact with the world of healthy people, so that they are not discriminated against or limited in what they can do, as an example; providing wheelchair access to shops.

The PIP assessment is assessing people who are already accepted as being disabled so you are not comparing yourself to healthy people but to other disabled claimants, that does not mean that the act is no applicable but your range of options is much more limited.

Ignoring timescales for the moment.

So you can invoke the Act in regard to your assessment, a letter from a solicitor will carry significantly more weight than one from yourself but if the DWP/Assessment Provider calls your bluff and say that they are acting within the terms of the Act then you are left with taking legal action. You may still want to do this but it will be a pyrrhic victory as you will have either already had to submit to the assessment or had your claim closed by the time any legal case comes to court.

But you can't ignore the timescales if your assessment is on Monday and a solicitor letter is going to cost you money and is unlikely to be something that you will be able to arrange over the phone.

Gordon
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ost) PIP Application Update 3 months 3 weeks ago #250175

They've given me two more weeks (see earlier post) until the assessment.
Calling my bluff?
I'm not really sure what's going on.

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PIP Application Update 3 months 3 weeks ago #250176

Ignoring everything, is seeking legal support for this matter the 'right' thing to do?

The solicitor that I've been adviced to take help from has had changes made to the law on how 'safely' should be defined, has over 20 years experience in some top positions for disabled charities and citezens advice and doesn't charge anything unless he wins.

He's going to give me a call on Monday but I'm not really sure as to exactly what's going on.

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PIP Application Update 3 months 3 weeks ago #250177

Thank you for the information by the way. Its all important stuff for me to discuss with him.
I'll let you once I know more.
He's happy to speak to me and give me guidance and advice even if I don't go ahead with anything.
Thanks again.

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PIP Application Update 3 months 3 weeks ago #250189

Hi Sasha

Only you can decide whether it is right for you to take the legal 'route' - hopefully, the solicitor will give you enough information to help you come to a decision.

BIS

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PIP Application Update 3 months 3 weeks ago #250200

Sasha

Be aware that we will not be able to offer any further advice in areas that you have received legal advice.

Gordon

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