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Welfare Rights / Re: Not using all my evidence - very hard
« Last post by Monic1511 on January 10, 2018, 08:39:24 PM »
Hi Sunny Clouds

Well done in working through the paperwork.
Its the usual take one day at a time and if that's too hard then just from one hour to the next.
Take care
Monic
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Welfare Rights / Re: Not using all my evidence - very hard
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on January 10, 2018, 06:59:22 PM »
Thank you.

I posted the letter then caught a bus to supermarket.  I barely got on the  bus before I found myself in tears.  I did some shopping but the tears are coming and going.

What had left me in tears was the man behind the counter in the sub-post office who, when I said it was a benefits appeal and they'd probably turn me down but I wanted to make sure they couldn't say they hadn't got it, looked sympathetic.  However, when I said that recently the judge in charge of the tribunal service got all the judges that were in on a particular day to go through what he described as a 'wall' of case files and they found that in 60% of them, the DWP had no case to answer, the person claiming benefits had a cut and dried case for them.

He looked a bit shocked but then said something about how the people that don't deserve the benefits get them, not those that do, and I said that statistically those that are cheating are a tiny number.  I pointed out that he couldn't tell by looking at me that I have bipolar disorder, he doesn't see me on the bad days when I'm hiding behind drawn curtains, he doesn't see the physical damage to my pancreas, eyes, bladder etc. caused by my medication.  I could see from the response that he took on board what I'm on about.

That's my little effort for the day.  I'm going to set myself a target of number of people a week to 'convert' to the truth.  Not opinion, truth.

Meanwhile, assuming I'll need to appeal, I'm already looking at the forms for that.  Quite frankly, emotionally I'd rather give up, but I want to fight alongside other disabled people.  Every extra case one is another statistic to shame the government.  They've got no sense of shame, but the higher the numbers, the harder they are to hide.

And I've promised myself that by Sunday I'll have drawn up a list of possible further sources of evidence.  Sod the DWP.  Sod the government.

I know I'm unusual in seeing the 'nasties' in parliament as an odd mixture of nasty by nature, and irresponsible and weirdly idealist, but it's days like today that I can sit on a bus, tears rolling down my cheeks, and know that there are also politicians and those pulling their strings that are either psychopathic and unable to empathise, or evil.  I don't pretend to be sure which politicians are which.
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Welfare Rights / Re: Not using all my evidence - very hard
« Last post by Fiz on January 10, 2018, 05:42:44 PM »
 >bighugs<

It sounds like you've pushed through adversity sunny, well done  >star<
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Welfare Rights / Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
« Last post by Fiz on January 10, 2018, 05:40:05 PM »
Definitely worth getting the medic to evidence those aims in writing
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Welfare Rights / Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
« Last post by bub1 on January 10, 2018, 03:47:39 PM »
This appointment is my 3 monthly check.
Also they said they would also let me know at this appointment about pulmonary rehabilitation that they want me to attend and about having oxygen of a night as my breathing is really bad then
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Welfare Rights / Not using all my evidence - very hard
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on January 10, 2018, 02:31:00 PM »
I'm making a formal request for mandatory reconsideration of my PIP decision and I'm about to seal the envelope to take to the post office later today.

I've decided not to use all the extra supporting evidence, but to hold some back for tribunal.  It doesn't tell them anything extra, just backs it up.

I hate this.  I had to draft and re-draft and re-draft my request to come up with a letter that was fairly short (but not as short as it should have been) and not distraught.  I can be calm when doing paperwork for others but struggle enormously difficult to stay calm when doing it for myself. 

So not using all my evidence feels inadequate, and I feel guilty towards those that sent me stuff that I haven't used, but it also lets me be picky about what's most useful.  I really, really wish I found this sort of stuff easier.

I'm just feeling fairly pleased with myself though, because as I came to the end of the last paragraph, I realised that whilst I came here to seek reassurance that I was doing the right thing, I actually feel a bit stronger and that it's ok to be telling you what I'm doing not asking you what to do.

But no, I'm not crediting the blasted government with making me stronger by making the system harder, because this is just a matter of climbing part way back to where I was before they sent me the PIP application forms and I sat there for hour after hour, day after day, week after week describing in detail all my deficiencies whilst reminiscing with an elderly relative about their successful career.  The contrast was ill-timed to say the least and has torn me apart.
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Welfare Rights / Re: Mail arrived, I am in a bad way.
« Last post by SteveX on January 09, 2018, 08:13:28 PM »
>bighugs<

Does anyone know what determines if a claimant is called in for an assessment? I am just wondering if it is a computer program and not a person, then again even if it is a person it is rarely personal.

Also the last two times were you put  in WRAG or found fit for work? I am asking because As long as you are at least in WRAG your money wont be stopped and you will still have an income as you go through the appeal process.

The last tribunal I attended, I won and was placed into the Support Group, that's where I currently am.
(it was regulation 35 that they said put me in there at the last tribunal, over 2 and a half yrs ago)
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Welfare Rights / Re: Mail arrived, I am in a bad way.
« Last post by SunshineMeadows on January 09, 2018, 05:34:51 PM »
 >bighugs<

Does anyone know what determines if a claimant is called in for an assessment? I am just wondering if it is a computer program and not a person, then again even if it is a person it is rarely personal.

Also the last two times were you put  in WRAG or found fit for work? I am asking because As long as you are at least in WRAG your money wont be stopped and you will still have an income as you go through the appeal process.

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Welfare Rights / Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
« Last post by Fiz on January 09, 2018, 04:53:16 PM »
I'm not sure having an appointment is that helpful as evidence. While you are there can you say to the nurse you have a DWP assessment imminently and please could they write evidence of your current condition and the difficulties your COPD gives you? That would be helpful if they would as that's very recent and up to date evidence.
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Welfare Rights / Re: Mail arrived, I am in a bad way.
« Last post by Fiz on January 09, 2018, 04:49:31 PM »
Yes Steve you WILL get through this. I know it is terrifying, it is for us all, but the day will come and you can go to the offices with your Mum and choose if you would like her to go in with you. Then it's 30 minutes at most and it's over. Be totally honest about everything, give descriptive answers rather than concise ones and you WILL get through this appointment.

I agree with you, tribunals are nowhere near as scary and the very worst that can happen following the assessment is you might get to a tribunal if the DWP don't reconsider their decision and I've been successful at every tribunal. Mainly because there's a doctor on the panel, they have knowledge, understanding and a bedside manner and they'll know whether you meet the descriptors.

Just repeat either in your head or outloud "The assessment is hard emotionally but I WILL get through this" over and over as necessary.
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