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Awaiting tribunal date.

RVJ11RVJ11 Posts: 20Member Connected
Hi everyone. I'm new here and wondered if I might get some advice from people who have gone through the appeals process. I was twice refused for pip, despite having asperger's syndrome and clinical depression. My mandatory reconsideration was all for nothing; the decision maker ignored every single point I made (with help from a CAB adviser) and even went as far as to ignore a letter sent by my str worker, and told me that I was not on medication despite my sending in a scan of my prescription. They seem to have ignored or misinterpreted everything. I have a tribunal coming up and I'm afraid it won't do any good.  Any help or advice would be great. Thanks.

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  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Posts: 5,246Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi RVJ11 and welcome

    Sorry to this is not uncommon

    Where are you in the appeal process ?

    It is important to understand that PIP is an assessment of functionality
    Have a look at the B&W self test for an idea of what is required

    http://www.mybenefitsandwork.co.uk/pip/indexxx.php

    CR

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • RVJ11RVJ11 Posts: 20Member Connected
    Hi, thanks for your reply.
    I sent off the sscs1 form. I had a reply last week from the appeals court and I'm waiting to receive the DWP statement, and to be given a hearing date. I've had a look at the self test, and according to that I should have scored several points. For both my initial assessment, and for my mandatory reconsideration, I was scored zero for everything. Even according to the DWP's criteria for PIP awards (a copy was given to me by the CAB) I should have scored points for most of these criteria. The CAB representative and I went through the laundry list of points made by the decision maker, and we contested a great deal of them,  and provided a counter for each. For example, the assessor failed to notice that I wore my coat throughout my assessment, despite being inside. He reported that I was calm etc when I was terrified, but because of my asperger's I don't normally show emotion on my face.
    I told them everything, including the fact that I have to be prompted to change clothes/shower etc. as a result of my conditions, and they took no notice. It's worth noting that a close relative has very bad problems that prevent her from doing many things, and she wasn't awarded pip until she went to tribunal. The DWP even stopped her PIP out of the blue. She was left with nothing.
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Posts: 5,246Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi

    It is not unusual for MR's not to change a result but tribunals are independant with a 69% success rate
    It is good that you are getting help fropmCAB but if you need any more help please just ask

    CR
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • RVJ11RVJ11 Posts: 20Member Connected
    Hello, thanks again for your reply. I wonder if you might be able to point me in the direction of an Autism charity, in or near Newark on Trent, that might be able to provide further evidence on my behalf? I have had a look around but haven't had much success. Many thanks. 
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