Thanks Shelly, but I am well aware of the criteria for higher rate PIP claims.
Paragraph 4 in my original post is what was really the crux of my post. Those recently diagnosed, a year, or just 3 or 4 years ago, who seem to have reaped all the possible benefits and how they did that, hand on heart, when they applied for higher rate PIP, as opposed to our present situation, 16 years on, baffles me.
I am well aware that P affects people in different ways and in different time scales but how do you get higher rate PIP when you have been diagnosed for a relatively short time and those who have had P for many years are relegated to far less, even if their progression is less?
Maybe this is why so many face to face interviews, and subsequent appeals against the decision, are required for those who, relatively quickly, claim higher rate PIP. Are they clouding the issue for those who have had P for many years and are then called to count when they apply?? Are those making the claim, early after diagnosis, making it more difficult for those who have had P for many years to claim because claims have been often rejected and have to go to appeal ??
Shelley, you drive, my OH no longer drives, only to be expected after 16 years, BUT, you also get higher rate PIP, I think from some of your previous posts.Please correct me if I am wrong in that assumption.
We know of several PWP who have been diagnosed in the last few years, they drive, have higher rate DLA mobility and all that goes with that....free car, road tax, servicing, etc. They can do far more than my OH can do.
I would now welcome your take on my post and not just quotes from the criteria to qualify for PIP.