Husband turned down for PIP

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My husband has been claiming DLA for 5 years, he suffers blackouts which bring on depression, anxiety, he attended a psychologist who believes it is caused by PTSD. He needs supervised while out , making, preparing meals, showering etc I look after all finances as he can't deal with stress. The PIP assessor came out and we were not worried as we told the truth and all medical evidence was there, also husband couldn't answer questions without promoting and had some twitches and shakiness throughout assessment but he received results back today and scored 0 on everything, how can these people do this, he didn't get DLA for nothing and attends neurology. This isnt including his permanent back pain, which he takes regular meds for and attends physio. Can't believe a 20 minute interview can justify them knowing his medical history and day to day living. Can anyone help and tell me if anyone turned down and appeal helped. Thanks

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    Hi Lisa, first of your results are not uncommon and I'm sorry your having to deal with this on top of everything else.

    That said a good way to start is by completely forgetting DLA it no longer exists and PIP is a totally different benefit with a completely different set of rules etc.

    PIP is more about how your disability effects you on a daily basis unlike DLA which was completely diagnoses lead.

    Did you send in plenty of supporting medical evidence and then explain how the illness effects him daily.

    You need to check the disciptors online for PIP, you now need to put in an MR as you are time restricted so ring DWP Monday and get the ball rolling.

    What evidence did you send in to support the claim bearing in mind that the onus is on you to supply the information as the assessment centres are renowned for not doing anything to gain evidence on your behalf.

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      I have looked up a template to write a letter out for a reconsideration of their decision. My husband had to give permission that he allows them to access his medical notes and that they can use DLA medical notes so didn't send anything with forms.

      So annoyed at the assessor who came out as he seemed to ignore everything that he was told and witnessed. My husband needed promoting for everything and was visibly shaky, also all symptoms we told him of black outs he said sound like epilepsy but we told him he had been told they are non epileptic seizures

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      Yes they will attached his DLA records from previous claims but as I said the two benefits are completely different to each other that it's possible that the results of his DLA claim want give him any points to put towards a PIP claim.

      As for giving permission for them to access his medical records you do but it sadly doesn't actually mean they will, I would suggest that in your MR letter you send in as much up to date information you can from whatever source available, ie consultants etc. When doing this state the reason you didn't send it in was because you believed they would Access it on your behalf.

      Take copies of everything you send and send it registered so you know that at least it has arrived on the premises and been signed for.

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      Also you need a statement of where points where not given, I know he didn't get any but it will give you.an idea.where you need to be scoring them

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      Thank you, the template I got was giving reasons for each individual point system ie. Going out, preparing a meal, washing, dressing, managing finances
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    Hello Lisa,

    I'm so sorry that things didn't go well for your husband.  As Alexandria said, start the ball rolling for a mandatory reconsideration, you will need to do this within one month of the date of the PIP decision.  You can call the DWP to ask for a reconsideration, but it’s better to have everything in writing, so If you decide to call, make sure you follow up with a letter. The contact details will be on the decision letter from DWP.

    Good luck to you both, please let us know how you get on x

     

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      Thank you, I have letter template and everything ready to post now, can't believe he didn't get 1 single point though, really hoping get better result. He really couldn't go out to work but I know he will try n push him self to which will make his mental health worse

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