it is great that you have an adviser to go with you to the assessment.
regards to the assessment, it is likely that you will be observed walking to
the assessment room from the waiting room, so do not put on a brave face, if
you need to stop due to pain, or breathlessness then stop. Secondly, if you have letters from hospital
specialists or discharge notes about your conditions it is worth taking these
to the medical assessment and giving them to the assessor at the start of your appointment.
will be asked about your diagnosed conditions, your recent operation, the
effects of your ill health and what medication you take. You may be asked how
you got to the assessment e.g. bus/taxi, and how you manage routine activities
e.g. shopping, dressing, washing. When answering questions you need to think
about how you are most of the time. If people
help, tell the assessor, people can help physically e.g. by helping you in a bath,
and they could also remind you e.g. to take medication. And say what would happen
if you did not get this help e.g. forget to take medication or take too much.
you have any aids or you believe that you would benefit from aids e.g. perching
stool, rails on your walls tell the assessor.
You may even use things around your home as aids without realising e.g.
a sink to hold onto whilst getting up from a toilet.
you are giving this information to the assessor, you could ask that they read
back what they have written down, to make sure it is accurate.
will be invited to take part in a physical examination e.g. reaching up with your
arms, and also you may be asked memory questions, or asked to count backwards
in 7’s from 100.
PIP is a points based system the assessor will then complete a report for the
DWP stating how many points they have assessed you as having for daily living
and mobility. You need at least 8 points
for daily living and/or at least 8 points for mobility to be awarded benefit.
wish you luck.
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Changing your appointment must be causing you a lot of stress and you should point this out, particularly if you've started planning how to attend one location only for them to change it to another!
Best of luck with it all,
A letter of support from your GP is always useful to have but as my colleague Paul said, it may be best to show it to your welfare adviser first. It's also best to make sure that a copy of anything handed in at the assessment is also sent directly to the DWP just to make sure that they have all the additional evidence when they make their decision.
I need to know a little more about what benefit it is you are challenging. Perhaps you could have a look first at Scope's benefit information on how to challenge DWP decisions at www.scope.org.uk/support/disabled-people/money/benefits-advice or ring the helpline on 0808 800 3333.
If you have any other questions after that though please do post back and I'll try and answer them
Are there any other health professionals you know who might be able to provide a letter of support? Has your husband had a care assessment from the local authority? Sometimes care plans can be very useful in showing the help people need.
I think it would be best to see if there is someone locally who can help you with this. If you call the Scope helpline on 0808 800 3333 they will see if there are any local agencies who can assist.
Good luck with the mandatory reconsideration and I hope you hear something soon. Remember you can appeal if the reconsideration is not successful.
Something to be aware of is that when you make an appeal
against a decision the whole of your entitlement can be considered which means
there is a risk of an award being lowered or removed as well as being
It's a good idea to get help with making your appeal and as
well as Citizens Advice some local councils have welfare rights departments
that can also help with appeals so worth asking them too. If you are planning on attending a tribunal hearing is it best to go with a representative so ask if they will provide you with that assistance.
Please post back on here if you need any further advice.
Paul, is it not the case that, in practice, if a tribunal wants to lower or remove an award they have to warn the claimant in advance and tell them that they may at that point withdraw their appeal and keep any benefits already awarded?
Yes, a tribunal should give you notice if they are considering lowering an award and
thus providing an opportunity to request an adjournment or ask to withdraw your
appeal. However, you do need the permission of the tribunal to withdraw the appeal at the actual hearing.
@BenefitsTrainingCo Our local council have stopped benefit advisors,there response to that was there was not a lot of people asking for help....
I'm sorry to hear that your council has stopped employing benefit advisers especially at a time when the welfare benefits system in the UK is undergoing some of the biggest changes in over 60 years. However, with significant cuts to local authority funding it is becoming more difficult to fund advice and if there is little demand for it then it is even harder to justify.