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I applied for PIP and went for assessment. My application was rejected and was told that the agent at DWP could not consider activities for daily living! Yeh! DWP wont consider being near a toilet (a necessity for me as I have had my bladder removed due to bladder cancer), housework, carrying shopping (I have carers do these for me due to frozen shoulder and restricted movement, plus advice from specialist following bladder surgery), use of taxis (I cannot walk distance, although assessor said I could!). I challenged the decision and have received the Mandatory Reassessment Notice. Not only has my claim been rejected but the previous assessment has been downgraded in the catagory regarding washing and toilet! Plus, I mentioned in my request for my claim to be reconsidered that under preparing a meal the fact that I cannot lift or carry items should be taken into account as this was granted under DLA which I used to receive. The reply is staggering and I believe should be brought to the attention of claimants. DWP state "carrying items around the kitchen is not considered within the PIP criteria" and "PIP is a different benefit and has different criteria to DLA".
DWP and PIP websites give no indication of the way scoring is done, but an online search revealed that food preparation where the claimant can use a microwave but not a conventional oven (which is my case) can be awarded two points. If this is the case then I would qualify for PIP.
However as I have received the Manadatory Notice I am too late but hope that others may be aware of the minefield in the assessment process.
One last point. Does anyone think that given the undisclosed criteria and how my circumstances affect me (and presumably others) I should pursue going to appeal?
Thanks for this great forum and for any help any one can give
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