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Friend made a claim for PIP. He has difficulties in getting about as well as life long care needs.
He spent hours filling out the PIP2 only to have an assessment which saw him gain 0 points. He obtained the report from the DWP showing the reasons for that decision. Part of it said that he was capable of walking over 200 metres with no difficulty.
Being the guy that he is he could not entertain the long drawn out MR/appeal process so forgot about the claim for the time being. He fully intends to make another claim when his health improves.
Finding this out this week, I suggested that at the very least he should apply for a Blue Badge. Together we completed the application form and submitted it to the Council.
The reply came back telling him that he would have to be assessed at the local hospital by a Physiotherapist.
No problems I thought as he genuinely has major difficulties.
Off he went for the assessment and unbeknown to me, he took with him a copy of the PIP claim from and decision notice. During the assessment he handed in the said documents as a way, in his mind, showing that he had already reported his difficulties to the DWP as well.
Cut a long story short, the Council contacted him two weeks later telling him that they were satisfied that he WAS able to walk at least 200 metres with no problems as confirmed by the DWP following an earlier 'disability assessment'. Accordingly they have refused a Blue Badge.
He is far too late to appeal the PIP decision now (silly man) so on the face of it he stands to be able to walk and not need a Blue Badge.
I have spoken to the Council on his behalf and they have told me that they stand by their decision (based on the DWP report) and it was up my friend to have challenged the DWP decision if he thought it was wrong but didn't So in other words the DWP decision must be right.
Anybody any ideas on how to progress this please?
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