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hi, a while back I asked for advice when I was refused pip, thanks to everyone who offered advice and support, and I was successful at the tribunal and got standard rate care, no mobility which seems fair, and reflects the impact of my disabilities on my life.
now, a friend has asked me for help, as she was getting DLA and applied for pip, went for an assessment and was scored zero points. Now, I have known this lady on and off for years, she is. Late 50s, or possibly 60, I'm not entirely sure, she has some physical mobility problems, and recurrent episodes of depression, and an almost constant anxiety state, but under all this she has learning disabilities. She has problems understanding even basic written information, and both understanding and expressing herself verbally, she also cannot manage her money, regularly gets into debt, and also has a history of being exploited by others. To my eyes she clearly qualifies, using the tasks and her ability to do them, but still she was scored zero!
It looks to me as if, when filling the form in over the phone and during the assessment if she didn't understand something she just nodded and said yes, which I know from the past is what she does when she is in a situation she doesn't understand, or where she's frightened, which she would have been, without support and faced with a professional.
my problem now is what to do to help her, I have done a letter asking for mandatory reconsideration, and listing the areas where I feel the assessment was wrong, but I'm assuming this won't be successful. Our local CAB can do an appeal, but they can't attend tribunals, and she obviously needs someone to keep her focussed, and help her to speak. My real question is, if I go with her will this then be used against me, as evidence that I am not disabled, as I can support someone else. Needless to say, I will also find going to a tribunal with her very hard, I am still having flashbacks to my own tribunal, but at the same time I want to support this lady, she is so clearly someone who should get PIP, it makes me really angry, in fact almost angrier than when I was refused myself.
sorry this q is so long, felt that the details were important
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