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First, I know that nobody can provide me with a definitive answer, opinions are fine.
Background - I have been on low rate care and mobility DLA for 7 years for severe and enduring mental illness. I have an NHS psychotherapist who I have been seeing for 13 years who always writes letters for me to support benefit claims. I was placed in support group 7 years ago following a home vsit due to agoraphobia. I was reassessed for DLA on paper in 2014, no change. I was reassessed for ESA without a f2f in 2015.
I applied for PIP when invited and after a fight and game playing by ATOS, help from a benefits advisor and another letter from my therapist, I was refused a home visit, but allowed a paper only assessment. On 11th Aug I got the text and this morning I got the 'sorry it's taking longer' letter.
I have read that 98% of awards are made only with a f2f and that there are only 2 reasons for a paper only, that you are terminal or that you have not provided enough evidence. Obviously I am now extremely worried that I am going to be refused PIP. Is this true that I am highly likely to be refused or is this a myth? I filled in the PIP for very thoroughly, wrote 6 extra pages and sent a supporting letter from my therapist. Will this be enough? Opinions and personal experiences of paper assessments very welcome, thank you.
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