Further to my earlier blog post, I am pleased to announce that Theresa won her appeal, and has been found eligible for PIP, a full 16 months after applying for it. She has been awarded the enhanced rate of the daily living component, and the standard rate of the mobility component.
For many successful PIP claimants, it can be such a lengthy process before they are finally awarded PIP. It is draining to have to go through the different stages. Firstly to attend the medical assessment (which is often not close to their home), and then to ask for the decision to be looked at again (‘a mandatory reconsideration’). If the decision has not changed, and they are not put off, they then have to appeal and go to a tribunal, which is a daunting experience. All to be awarded the PIP benefit which at tribunal is decided that they were eligible for all along.
I hope that, as Theresa’s experience shows, it is worth challenging disability benefit decisions that you think are unjust.