OUCH(UK) Organisation for the Understanding of Cluster Headache

Donate

Helpline

01646 651 979

overseas +44 1646 651 979

PIP assessment...I failed. Where next? Help!

3 posts / 0 new
Last post
#1 Tue, 07/08/2018 - 12:09
joeybhoy
joeybhoy's picture
Offline
Last seen: 11 hours 43 min ago
Joined: 20/02/2015 - 13:34

PIP assessment...I failed. Where next? Help!

Just got my result back...4 points. I had followed the sample answers supplied by Laura at the Brain Trust. I also asked for a home assessment. I got 2 points for not being able to use a cooker, but despite telling them I cannot use a microwave during an attack, they deemed that I could.I picked up 2 points for requiring help with washing and bathing. The decision was taken based on the majority of my time and based on information about CCH (my condition) from the DWP database. The decision was taken basically on the time I do not suffer from attacks rather than when I do. When I was assessed I was 2 hours out of an attack and was in pain and aggitated, this is acknowledged, but again the decision is based on the time I am not in attack. It ends "based on the majority of days", when I clearly state that I suffer 6 to 8 attacks per DAY! How can these people get through life without being able to read? I i Have to ask for a mandatory reconsideration. What can I do to change their minds at this stage? HELP please!

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 23:10
joeybhoy
joeybhoy's picture
Offline
Last seen: 11 hours 43 min ago
Joined: 20/02/2015 - 13:34

Is there anyone out there that can help me change the minds of Herr DWP? Please. xx

Thu, 09/08/2018 - 10:07
Val
Offline
Last seen: 20 hours 26 min ago
Joined: 21/03/2012 - 15:16

Hi  Joey,

Here's a couple of suggestions that might help you.  As an OUCH member we can refer you to the Brain Charity who assist sufferers of all neurological diseases in the UK, on issues including benefits applications.  If you would like us to contact them, send me a PM with your address and telephone number and we'll refer you on.  Further, there is  the Disability  Rights UK website which has helpful information and the Benefits and Work website too.  Also its worth talking to your MP at a constituency surgery - Mine was a gem .  

Also, and this is important you can ask for a copy of the assessment report form, Form PA4.  They have to provide it if you ask for it.  It can be a bit of an eye opener when you see what was put by the assessor.   So next step would be to call and ask for that report, and also ask them how they reached their points decision.  If you do not agree with what they say yuo can ask for a mandatory reconsideration.  Don't give up.  They very often bat us down in the hope that we will go away.  And its worth remembering that about 95% of applicants are successful at appeal.  Let me know if you want to talk to the Brain Charity.

Val. 

Login to add comments

© OUCH(uk) 2018 | email: info@ouchuk.org
Registered Charity No. 1091919 | Registered in England Company No. 4t339368