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I have been placed in the support group for two years.

I havent had a confirmation letter but rang esa up and was told. My money has gone up so i rang them and it was confirmed for support group.

I writing to ask a question im on pip standard daily care and standard mobility.

The docter who assessed me for esa said i should by right be on enhanced mobility as i cant really walk.

Once i get my letter confirming im in support group and send it to pip would they raise my claim or will i have to apply again for a reconsideration i dont think i can face another one it was too traumatic

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    I dont exactly know Dawn, but they all seem to be under one roof these days so your assessment should count for PIP payment as well. Under DLA I was on high rate mobility and care so I will be interested to see how I rate on the last assessment from ASOS? I am a lot worse now than when I first made my claim so by rights should get the enhanced rate? We shall soon see once I receive that little brown envelope through the post !!
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    Hi Dawn

    Being placed in the Support Group doesn't have any direct affected on your PIP claim although it is good evidence in support of any reconsideration of your PIP claim.

    If you believe you qualify for Enhanced Mobility then you should contact PIP and tell them why. Your whole claim will be looked at again and it is possible to lose benefit as well as gain.

    However, you would appear to have good supporting evidence so it is unlikely you would lose benefit. By the rules you should face another reassessment however PIP have the discretion to award benefit without another face to face assessment.

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      The esa assesor said he was recommending i go in support group and said whilst i was only on standard rate mobility if they put me in the support group my pip should automatically change to enhanced Maybe he got it wrong.

      Im not going to ask for a reconsideration i cant face going through it again i just wondered what would happen if i sent all the esa assesment paper work to pip.

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      Well you wont lose anything by trying Dawn, you may have to face a reassessment but I did not find mine that bad. Mind you I had mine at home and the lady was quite nice.............but dont let them get to friendly with you because remember they are there to trip you up !! Just tell the truth and you should be fine.
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      If you send paperwork to PIP they would have to make a decision on whether you qualified for enhanced mobility. I have never heard of an automatic change to a higher award without a request from the claimant. Many claimants are placed in the Support Group as you would expect.

      From what you have said it would appear you have a good chance of the enhanced benefit but of course the ultimate decision is with the DWP.

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      My last one was at home she saw i couldnt walk but still put i walked at least 20 meters which i didnt i walked exactly 3 steps and she told me to sit back down. I was a total wreak and when they gave me standard mobility my docter told me to appeal but i was that traumatised i refused so i have stuck with standard mobility rather than go through it again. Bot that im complaining the money has been of great help
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      Thanks for that anthony

      My last one was at home she saw i couldnt walk but still put i walked at least 20 meters which i didnt i walked exactly 3 steps and she told me to sit back down. I was a total wreak and when they gave me standard mobility my docter told me to appeal but i was that traumatised i refused so i have stuck with standard mobility rather than go through it again. Bot that im complaining the money has been of great help

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      I did not walk at all but she asked me to stand and do some movements with my arms, as I could not without pain I told her no, sorry but I cannot do this. I had all my medical notes but on top of that I also had a letter specifically from my doctor to the assessor telling them that under no circumstances could I walk anywhere near 20 yards without having acute pain, I could not do any domestic chores or bathe on my own also that I could not go outside on my own. I think it may help if you ask the doctor to do the same for you ( if you have not done so already ) I will not hear from my assessor or PIP for 6 more weeks but It will be interesting to see the outcome.
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    Hi Dawn,

    Just because your ESA as now been changed to the Support Group, which basically means you have a choice of looking for work or just stay at home, this however is not an automatic change on your PIP Award status.

    Your PIP award would be re-assessed which means it could go either way. The Health Assessor should not have stated that your PIP should be on the Enahnced Rate. You will have to get the DWP to re-look at your PIP claim, which means the rates can go up or down.

    Regards,

    Les.

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