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Hi my son turned 16 in December 2015 and was getting DLA at the high care rate and the standard mobility rate after applying for pip he has been awarded only the mobility enhanced rate and nothing for the daily living. He has epilepsy and the longest time he has gone in the last 2 years without a seizure is a week last time was November 2015. He has seizures most days and not just one seizure it can be anything upto 15 seizures a day. He has extra help at school and has a teachimg assistant with him in every lesson and can't be left alone to cook or take a bath or in fact left alone at all due to falls etc as he gets no warning before a seizure and has ended up in accident and emergency every 6 weeks in the last 6 months with head injuries due to falls. He is under the care of great ormond street due to the fact he's been on numerous drugs with no seizure control whatsoever and they are looking at brain surgery. Not being awarded the daily living component means in turn I lose my carers allowance besides his benefits being halved which is devastating for us and don't know how we will manage as the amount of care he needs restricts what I can do job wise as I'm a single parent. I have wrote and asked for a mandatory reconsideration of the dwp's decision and sent copies of my son's a & e history and also a letter from the epilepsy nurse at great ormond street saying he needs 24 hour supervision for his own safety etc. Does anybody know if the dwp have to work to any timescale in replying to a reconsderation request?? Thanks
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