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TOPIC: Lies and 2 Points

Lies and 2 Points 5 days 14 hours ago #217692

I hope you can help.
I have spent the morning in a real state, crying and getting so distraught over the decision letter from DWP to say that they awareded me 2 points; so no PIP. I have now joined so many people that they have done this to. I followed the guide, did the form. Gave lots of evidence. I have agoraphobia (amongst other things), and didn't ask for a home assessment but they did one anyway. I have received DLA mobillity for over 20 years and DLA care for over 10 and now it has all been taken away.
They have 'my decision' on this letter and it shocked me (even though I had read here about them lying, it stil shocked me!). They said I could cut up vegetables. I can't, at all. The actual sentence says: 'you are able to make a pot noodle and can cut and peel vegetables'. What? I said all I could manage was a pot noodle and shop bought sandwiches. She asked if I could make a meal like that and I explained no and said why. I am just giving you an example of an absurd statement. It doesn't even make sense! The 'My decision' is full of spelling mistakes and lies. Really, really upsetting. I don't know how these people sleep at night.
They awarded me 2 points for not being able to engage with people and yet in the report it says I could engage with the assessor who is a stranger?!
I know it is no point discussing why they lie (we already know) and I have cried enough today and ranted. But they are incompetent too to a ridiculous extent. Even being intelligent was held against me.
So now I have to fight it because it is wrong. Try and get over feeling shocked and upset and do something about it.
Why doesn't the fact that I have been receiving DLA for over 20 years have no bearing on this decision? Do they seriously believe that my disability is all made up? It is madness.
Writing the mandatory reconsideration request letter; there are tools online now that drafts a copy for you and you add in why you believe you are entitled to the points in all the different areas. Is it a good idea to use something like that?
Should you disagree with the statements that are in the 'My decision'? (especially the utter ridiculous ones).
They said they will stop DLA at the begining of October, so this will now cease while waiting for the reconsideration and maybe going to tribunal?
I currently receive ESA and housing allowance to pay my rent. Will these be affected now?
I am beside myself but know I have to get it together.
Thank you for your help.

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Lies and 2 Points 5 days 13 hours ago #217706

Rebecca

If you are receiving any Premium in your ESA that are enabled by your DLA award the obviously these will be affected, your HB should be OK as long as you are eligible for Income Related ESA but you may lose any discount to your Council Tax that you receive.

In your MR request, stick to issues that are related to your scoring points, spelling errors in the report may suggest a lack of professionalism by the assessor but they are not going to overturn the Decision.

If you need any help then come back to the forum.

Gordon
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Lies and 2 Points 5 days 11 hours ago #217723

Thank you Gordon.
From my estimations, this will mean that because my HB is very low, due to shared accommodation, I will be expected to live on £40 a week, once the premium is taken from my ESA. and I pay the rent. I am not sure if anything can be done about living on such a low amount?
I have asked my doctor to provide evidence to add to my letter for a mandatory reconsideration but would it be helpful to see a psychiatrist and get an assessment report (that I would obviously have to pay for) to add as further evidence? Or would that be the wrong thing to do?
I wasn't going to mention the spelling mistakes but was going to stick to issues related to scoring points, but can that include when they have written statements that make no sense (like the pot noodle and cutting vegetables one, for example. I mean, can I say that I said I could not prepare a meal at all on my own and I said that in the assessment. That was an obvious lie...not that I say it was a lie though!). The other sad point to add is that my ESA, by my calculation, is up for reassessment next month. Thank you

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Lies and 2 Points 5 days 9 hours ago #217725

Hi Rebecca,

I'm so sorry to hear about your bad experience.

Very similar happened to me, but I received zero points.

The only advice is to try and get yourself together when you have got over the shock and then go for a MR. I'm in the process of doing this and hope to get my letter/package sent off over the weekend.

It will help no end if you can get an up-to-date supportive letter from your GP highlighting the parts you are hoping to score points with.

I know you must be still in a state of shock as it took me several days for me to come to terns with it.

Good luck.

Phrank.
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Lies and 2 Points 5 days 7 hours ago #217729

Rebecca wrote: I am not sure if anything can be done about living on such a low amount?


I'm afraid this will likely be the amount that the Government believes that you need to live on, you can try putting your information into one of the online benefit calculators to see if there is anything else that might be payable.

www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

Gordon

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