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Sorry I have not been around for some considerable time.
As some of you know I have been waiting for my Tribunal hearing and have been preparing my case for my day in court.
Well that day has come and today, Tues 1 August, I appeared before a judge, a doctor and a disability representative.
The hearing was not stressful. All three members told me they had read all the evidence which I had supplied. They showed empathy and understanding and listened to my answers to the questions they asked.
Interestingly no rep from DWP showed their face.
The hearing lasted 35 minutes, I was sent out of the hearing room while they made their decision. I was called back in and told they had reached a decision.
I have WON - PIP backdated to October 2016 (not to February 2017 which DWP said PIP should be backdated to IF their decision was overturned) and have been awarded PIP daily living component standard rate (which is what I applied for and believe I am entitled to) until October 2020.
The judge reported in the Decision Notice that the decision had been based on my evidence and that of my carer. It is worth noting that this is what DWP rejected at ever step of my PIP journey - original decision, MR, appeal submission.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have offered me advice and support. When I started my PIP journey I knew nothing about "criteria", "descriptors", what was and what was not covered by PIP, "assessments", the 165 page DWP Guide for Assessments. It has been a huge learning curve.
I would suggest to anyone who is starting or is on their PIP journey to stick with it, even though it may be stressful and/or daunting. Please do not give in. There are good people on this site who can offer sound advice, share experiences and support.
We can and will win what is rightfully ours.
Thank you one and all.
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