Interesting to read the notes on the Mobility component of DLA, if only it was this simple! "You are likely to be entitled to the high rate of this mobility payment if you cannot walk or are virtually unable to. For example, if you struggle with even very short journeys such as walking around a supermarket. The lower rate of the mobility payment is for people who cannot go to places they don’t know without help from somebody else."
Sorry to say that I think this is misleading as it is not telling it like it is and could have people thinking they can actually get these allowances OK, so I'm not being totally serious, but that's clearly not the criteria used by the DWP when they make an award. I wouldn't make it through the supermarket doors, never mind walk round the place, unless I've just ended a course of meds and feel 'fighting fit' (cough, splutter...)
The initial DLA application has to be very accurate as to what your condition is and how it affects your daily life, what you are restricted in doing, aids you need to get about, how far you can walk without becoming distressed and every little detail that foes with that. That's why most people suggest getting help in applying so that someone can fill the form in who knows what sort of thing needs to be covered.
If that fails, and it goes to appeal, you need to say why you are appealing. Not just 'didn't you even read the form', as some may have said Emphasise the reasons for needing the financial help and stigma this allowance gives. You need the support of your GP and consultant, as well as anyone like a respiratory nurse who has seen you recently. Get permission to use their names as references and include that in your appeal too.
As people have already said, don't mention 'good days' and how much better you can cope at times. You need to be telling them about the bad times, when you can't even get up the stairs to the loo, or falling over after you've walked a few yards. That sort of thing, as long as it applies of course. I'm not trying to give anyone a short-cut to getting DLA, they can, and do, assess people to make sure they are not telling little fibs
Not all areas have a Welfare Rights facility. Many councils did have an officer or two assigned to this area, but iI know there isn't one locally as that department was scrapped by our council The local CAB office is probably going to close as they are swamped with people needing help, but just don't have the funding or staff to keep the office open. It is getting harder to find people who can help with forms and appeals.
If you are now having to miss vital hospital appointments, because your transport option has been removed, then get the consultant to write to you about this, and send a copy of that letter to the DWP. The main point is that you have to be quite precise in what you put in an application for the DWP, they pick up on certain things and disallow at the cross of a pen. To get the ticks you need to cover the real reasons for applying