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I have documented my battle against rheumatoid arthritis on here before. After been awarded 0 points at mandatory reconsideration I took it further to a tribunal. The latest is they upheald the original decision and awarded me 0 points. The decision letter finishes of nicely by saying and i quote "While the tribunal accepts Mr .... has polyarthritis the nature and extent of the resulting limitations are insufficient to score the required number of points and as a result does not qualify........"
As I suspected going to work featured very heavily in he tribunal hearing. They made a big point of me still working fullt time despite me explaining I couldnt afford to go part time as my income would drop. According to my advisor I filled out the application incorrectly and he advised me to phone and ask for a new form and put in a fresh application.
However I am very happy that I scored 0 points. I had doctors letter, a consultant, eye specialist who confirmed the cataract I developed very suddenly was quite possibly due to this auto immune disorder and to score 0 points is harsh.
The dwp/artos report was very dishonest and had outrigt lies. First they say I had no specialist input even though its there on mymapplication I was being treated at rheumatology unit. It said the assesor a Mrs such and such saw me walk without discomfort. Surprise surprise the person who assessed me was a man not a woman. I brought this up at tribunal they just glossed over it. I was never asked to remove my jacket at assement but assesor report lied I removed it with ease. So amny little things which were out right lkes. The main thing I brought up ag tribunal is ghe assessorefused my offer to undress to show him the lesions all over my body and groin area and I also had photos. Again they didnt focus on that
I feel I was hard done by and would like to go to higher tribunal but CAB advisor feels fresh application done by them is way forward. My question is can I appeal on my own and state my case how I feel they unfairy placed undue weight on me working almost penalising me in the process.
Can I appeal to higher tribunal and also make fresh application. I am very angry at the dishonesty of the dwp and atos.
Thanks in advance
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