hi all, what a farse this pip lark is
i filled the foms in early 2017 to go from a dla indifinate award to pip which is a nightmare in itself. i had a face to face ( origionally in a nearby town 10 -15 miles away but there was no way i could have made it there let alone coped when i was there, and there was an actual place in my home town where they could have done it ) After a letter from my gp to say i cant travel to the location and want nearer they cancelled the app and made another- for the same place, Doh!!
yet again i contacted them and said i cant do that and i requested my home townto which finally i got one in my area.
The face to face i felt went ok but the stuff the lovely atos woman put in her report was rubbish, she said at one point about how we got there then said that she is not from the area so doesnt really know it well- well unfortunately for her i looked her up on social media and she lives less than a mile away from myself and went to a local school, one of the lies she said.
so got the letter from pip- 6pts care and 4 mobility- so thought they are at least aknowledging i have problems
Mandatory reconsideration- no change still the same award.
Right i did the tribunal route which they accepted the appeal to go to the courts.
Probably like many others with this illness i suffer from Vertigo which affects me going onto different floors in a building- this was all stated in my notes. Anyway i got to the court and did the security checks and the the security guy said
' right its up on the 2nd floor'
obvious my reply was on the lines of i cant go up there and explained why to them. one of them went upstairs and had a word with the clerk and explained, they looked in my notes and the judge, disability person, doctor and dwp guy came down very apologetic and opened up a room on the ground floor, which was good of them to be honest.
After being in there for over an hour and being asked loads of questions they sent me out of the room and said they would make the decision and call me back, strangely the dwp guy had to come out too. He started talking to me and said i should go to CAB whatever the outcome and put in for it again. eh??
Anyway he went off, no idea where and the clerk called me back in.The judge started explaining the award and to be honest i had had enough and couldnt really take in what she was saying. she then said i have been awarded however many points on care and mobility which took my total so to put me on std rate for each.
What a relief , they printed me out their decision and said would send to dwp/piptoo.
That was on the 25th May- their origional decision was back in april 2017 i think.
Phoned pip on the following monday and yes they had recieved the decision from the court and was on a pile so go through.
I still have had no word from pip/dwp what is happening over 2 weeks later.
Anyway to anyone going through this keep plodding on through it, hopefully it will be worth it in the end if they ever get round to reinstating the payments.
Does anyone know how long they take to process it after a tribunal win - i have bills to pay lol