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Hi all, I'm asking on behalf of my mother (she's not great with technology!)
My mother has had type 1 diabetes for 45 years, and as a result has ended up having a below the knee amputation in the middle of last year. She has since applied for PIP with a view to getting the enhanced rate for motobility to allow herself to be independent again. She has missed the enhanced rate for both daily living activities and mobility activites by one and two points respectively.
We have since appealed, and whilst in our tribunal argued that whilst she can walk up to 50 metres with her prosthesis, she cannot do this on any uneven ground safely (for example, the bus stop is 500m away, and the curbs are uneven enough that she cannot walk there). We have also argued that she cannot reasonably get up and move within a "normal" time zone. It takes her 2 or 3 times the amount of time it would take myself or my partner to do the same trips. I understand that within the law, the safety and reasonable time period is supposedly considered, however when I brought this up at the appeal, our judge told me they don't consider these points and that it wasn't her fault we lived a 5 minute (30 minutes for my mother - if she can even make it at all) walk from the bus stop.
Her diabetic consultant has been with her since the discovery of her diabetes, and included a medical assessment saying that whilst she can with an extreme amount of effort and unreasonable amount of time move the distances asked, she is not happy for my mother to do this since it lowers her blood sugar levels and can make her hyperglycaemic.
Does anybody else have any experience with amputee PIP claims? I understand that my mother is still semi-mobile, but the effort it requires to do every day tasks, I feel she should be receiving more help than she is. It feels like she is being penalised for trying to do things on her own. The idea of PIP is to make the claimant independant is it not?
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