Hi all, I will be honest and say I have not really been online for some time so apologies for not responding. I did ask for a reconsideration of my PIP assessment and there was no change from the original decision. So I went from low rate care component on DLA to no care component on PIP and high rate mobility on DLA to standard rate on PIP. This has resulted in the loss of my car, increased out goings for car tax, insurance and maintenance as I need a vehicle in order to work ( which at this present time is 16 hours a week over 3 days and becoming increasingly difficult to maintain).
I will say I have been extremely despondent since and in a way ignored any thoughts of re application because I feel like I am begging.
Some of the explanations of how they came to their decisions I have detailed below; this is actually the first time I have actually read through it properly and took real notice, that sounds quite pathetic now but that is how I felt at the time.
I said I had difficulties preparing food, dressing and undressing, they agree I have difficulties and use aids to manage.....but I could raise my arms above my head at assessment
I said I had difficulties taking nutrition and medications.....I use a tab time super 8 dispenser which has an alarm to prompt medication times; there are days particularly following work when I cannot sit at the table to eat my fatigue and back pain is so severe I just cannot sit and eating is the last thing I feel like doing. My partner cooks the main meal at least four days out of seven sometimes more.
I said had difficulties with toilet needs .....I did not I answered no although I did state that I now get up in the night and on waking and taking my first meds I am usually unsteady and my partner always watches me to make sure I am safe as I "furniture walk" there and back.
I said I had difficulties communicating verbally......I said no
I said I had difficulties reading and understanding signs symbols and words.....I said no
I said I had difficulties engaging with people face to face and making budget decisions......I said no
But I did state that I have problems reading and focusing at times even with glasses because of fatigue which the optician has considered it may be due to muscle fatigue. I also stated that I have had episodes of withdrawal from going out socially because of low mood and because all my energies are put into maintaining my work role and that I do not have a good life work balance.
Apparently at assessment I understood the process, maintained eye contact, engaged and answered questions appropriately, showed good short and long term memory, I read information with my glasses, I was able to speak with ease and be understood. So this resulted in no care component.
I said I have difficulties planning and following journeys, the actual questions says do you need help from someone to get to a location unfamiliar......I said sometimes and added to the extra information that I only drive locally and to and from work if we were going any where more than 30 mins drive or some where I do not know then I do not drive because I do not consider myself as aware and this makes me stressful which exacerbates my symptoms and that I found driving requires a lot more concentration. At assessment I was asked if on my way to work there was a detour would I be able to follow that detour I said yes I would because I know my local area like the back of my hand so any detour would not really take me off a familiar route.....big mistake I think.
Apparently I also had a musculoskeletal examinations....is that raising your arms above your head??
It also states that he cannot consider my difficulties walking up inclines or un even surfaces outdoors.
Sadly now I am dissecting this I can see the errors, the reconsideration letter stated the following:
At assessment I demonstrated adequate cognition memory and concentration . No specialist evidence from a mental health team has been provided to support !!
I have possibly divulged a lot of personal info here but I would appreciate any feedback
thank you for taking the time and energy to read such a long post xx