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Well it's been a while! I made a direct lodgement appeal to the HMCTS. I've waited with bated breath and finally I received a 100 page manuscript from the DWP on why they believe a General Nurse as opposed to a Professor of Rheumatology. I guess these day's qualifications don't matter it was only a Professors word, not that of an Atos Nurse -- good grief!!!
Yes I'm smiling - nothing to smile about but in reality I now have to wait for the next step in this very long tiresome saga.
They don't believe that I am so seriously affected and the award is for the most vulnerable people in our society? Sorry but I am not an amoeba. I know there are many more people worse off than me and many more who are going through the same and I wish I could say that it it in the lap of the gods but quite honestly I don't know what happens next, I am only assuming the HMCTS will look at their reasoning and providing they accept my side of the story, they will contact me to apply for a tribunal. Unless they agree with the DWP?
The 20 metre rule is a joke (Not really a ha, ha joke) If you can manage to do it but in excrutiating pain - that's it bang goes your enhanced rate! Where does reliably and repeatedly come into it - it doesn't If you can walk down a corridor to a consulting room no matter how you do it, crawl even then the box that says "Walked" is applicable
Hopefully I'll go to appeal if invited. Armed with my Highly qualified Professors statement, oh wait a minute..... I need a friendly Atos nurse since they are the only ones who know how to assess a disability. Wish me luck. Round 3 ding, ding!!!
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