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I am beyond devastated and don’t know what on earth has happened. Today I received the assessors report from my F2F, he has scored me nil in both sections??? He has written things that weren’t even discussed and on every part has said that I confirmed I was able to carry out this descriptor with no difficulties, I didn’t. He put that I enjoy taking my dog for walks, I haven’t been out with my dog in months, my son walks him. He said I can monitor my own medication, my son controls my medication as I forget to take it otherwise, he said I take diazepam once a week, I take it every day. 

It took so much energy for me to apply for Pip and now I feel So angry that one person can be so write a report that literally does not relate to my assessment at all. 

How do I appeal this as I don’t know how to make them believe me, can I ask for another assessor to meet me?? 

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    Hi Frinsy, sadly sometimes this happens and no you cannot ask for a second F2F what you can do is ask for an MR (mandatory reconsideration) this will get them to go over it again and as it says reconsider, did you send in lots of supporting evidence, although it is supposedly all down to how it effects you on a daily basis you still need plenty of paper support.

    Maybe a bit more info would help to guide you better, get writing and explain why you feel your assessor didn't represent your actions and comments clearly or truthfully

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      Yes this is my first claim despite suffering anxiety disorders for 10yrs. My GP sent a letter of support and confirmed how my condition effects my not being able to leave my house at times, how I struggle meeting new people and am prone to panic attacks in public places. I am on 200mg Sertraline and 300mg Pregabalin a day which just about stops me continuing to admit myself to A&E on a weekly basis for severe health anxiety. The way the assessors report reads is that I have no problems at all. He even wrote a list of activities I could do such as spelling the word world backwards and recalling 5 objects, he didn’t do these tests at all. 

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      Ok you need to get that MR in fast, also did you have anyone with you when you had your assessment, I always advise anyone having a F2F to not go alone, eventually I think that all of the assesments will like job centre interviews will be recorded, I am campaigning for this as we speak
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      I had no other papers although gave my CBT specialists details for them to contact. I don’t have any other help as my son who is 22 does everything for me so we don’t go to doctors or A&E every day anymore. He can manage my meds, forces me to eat/get dressed etc and looks after me when I’m having full blown panic attacks. He also manages my bank account however assessor just put, all bills are paid by direct debit and shopping done online from tesco, this therefore shows I can manage my budgeting even though over the last 2yrs I’ve somehow managed to get into £28,000 worth of debt on loans and credit cards. I have never ever had debts before and had no idea how bad things were until my son looked into everything.

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      No, they very rarely contact anyone for evidence. I know they contacted your GP but it's rare and that didn't help you, sadly.

      Lots of people are in debt for huge amounts of money so being in debt doesn't mean you can't make budgeting decisions and won't get you those points you need. There would be a lot of people claiming for this if they gave those points for it.

      My advice to you is to focus on getting some evidence because without it an award of any kind will be extremely difficult.

      Do you have CAB in your area? or a local disability advice centre? Age UK if you're over 55 of course i don't know your age and i'm only making a suggestion. Either one of these would be able to assist you for the MR and Tribunal process.

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    I had my assessment last week exactly the same situation my husband controls my mediction as I forget I have appealed against mine don't give up appeal best of luck to you @Frinsey

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      Good luck to you too, I wish they would let you read what they’d written before the assessment ended so you could clarify things, I’m sure he couldn’t have been listening, best bit was that I take diazepam once a week !!! I will be asking them to contact my GP about how often I am prescribed diazepam to prove this isn’t true. 
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    I went through exactly this and I took the DWP to tribunal over this . I went from 16 points pre shoulder surgery and getting far worse ,. the same day ESA put me in the support group to 6 points after also still having Fibromyalgia. I got a copy of my assessment and underlined all the contradiction s the assessor had said and also the 'untruths'. I won Best of luck in getting justice

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      I had to go through the lengthy process of MR which was refused so I then went to tribunal. I did this through not attending as well. Just through paper
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      I’m thinking this will go to tribunal as can’t imagine a MR will go from nil points to 8 for either section even though by my scoring I should have got 14 for daily living and 10 for mobility xx
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    I have just had to appeal against mine, probably  have to go to tribunal but i won't give up.

    Good luck and keep me posted

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      Good luck to you too Hayley, keep me posted too, we have to fight even though I don’t think I have the energy xx
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