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PIP assessment 4 months 4 days ago #213934

Hi. I had my PIP assessment on Tuesday, and it all seemed reasonable. Looking back now, I’m starting to panic. She asked me about driving, and if my car is automatic or manual, and how I managed. I said that I have an automatic adapted car, and she asked me what adaptations. I reeled off steering knob, lightened steering, hoist, electronic brake, electric back doors, electric boot, cruise control, auto hold etc. She laughed and asked me to slow down so she could write these down, and I thought, well at least she’s writing down what I’m saying! (Had a very bad experience with my husband where the assessor wrote down the opposite of everything he said!). Today, I was talking to my husband about it, and he said, won’t that go against you, as there are so many adaptations you don’t have any difficulty driving! I know driving per se is not a question, but there must be a reason they ask? Has any one else had the driving question, and somehow having a motability adapted car gone against you?

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PIP assessment 4 months 3 days ago #213944

Petlover

As you say, driving is not part of the PIP tests but assessors will make some assumptions because of your driving, some are reasonable, others not so.

So claimants need a reasonable level of cognitive ability to drive and would likely be able to follow a route, they will also be expected to have good grip. Assessors do make assumptions about a claimants ability to walk, hence the manual/automatic questions, your response would argue against this.

Gordon

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PIP assessment 2 months 4 weeks ago #215055

So the dreaded brown envelope was stuck in the letterbox when I got home earlier. I have been so stressed thinking I would possibly lose my car. Anyway, I have been awarded standard rate care and enhanced rate mobility for 4 years. Absolutely over the moon about the mobility, but ever so slightly peeved about the care, as I got 11 points, and feel very strongly that they have manipulated things to not give me the 12 I need for enhanced.
Before anyone thinks I should just shut up and be grateful, I am relieved and very grateful that I do not have to go through even more stress just to get an award at all. My question is, am I able to put in a mandatory reconsideration purely for the care component? If I do, are they able to reconsider both parts anyway? Am I being ridiculous rocking the boat when really there is no need?
I'd appreciate people's MR experiences, and some wonderful advice form the moderators please.
Thanks

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PIP assessment 2 months 4 weeks ago #215071

Petlover

Although it is only one point on the Decision Letter in reality you may well need to score two points for an enhanced award. and this will mean scoring higher for one of the activities that you scored for or scoring in one that you did not actually score, neither will be as easy as it may seem.

So I would suggest you first of all go back to the PIP Claim guide to see whether you can realistically score the extra points you need.

If you think that you can then the next thing to consider is the risk of an MR, although you can ask them to only look at one component, the DWP are going to look at the whole award and can add or remove points, leave the award as is, increase it or reduce it and even remove it.

In reality it is very unusual for an MR to result in fewer points but it does happen and you need to figure this in to your decision.

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.

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

Gordon
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PIP assessment 2 months 4 weeks ago #215083

I previously had the mobility component and lower care. When it changed over to PIP I was awarded enhanced rate for daily living, lower rate for mobility
I wrote the mandatory reconsideration letter and asked them to look at the mobility part again. When
I received the brown envelope they told me they decided to look at both parts again. They changed
Their decision and put me on the standard rate for daily living, still lower rate for mobility!!! So I lost over £100 per month. I just could not believe that would
happen, but it did. So think carefully before you ask for a reconsideration.
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PIP assessment 2 months 3 weeks ago #215225

Thank you both. I am far too concerned about losing the enhanced mobility component and hence my car, than fighting for enhanced care. Therefore, I have decided to leave the decision as it stands.
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