pip problems

i put in for pip in july 2013 had atos home assessment feb 6th 2014 got a letter from dwp about 8 weeks ago saying they have all the info they need to make a decision and then this morning i got a letter from atos sayin they need to write to one or more of the people who have diagnosed my spinal stenosis and degenerative arthritis for more information so i rang the dwp and the ladie said that they needed more info so they didnt get the decision wrong she said it should not have gone on for over 11 months but they want to get it right she told me they wrote to atos back in march why is it taken so long has anybody else gone through the same thing iam thinking they just dont want to know thats about it for me they win ill not be fighting them anymore dont have it in me

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  • Hi jakethemus,

    This is only my humble opinion, but I think that the whole of the DWP and all it covers has been one huge muddle, especially with the resignation of ATOS and so there has been and will be for some time I fear, a huge backlog in cases. I've heard lots of stories from people who have gone through much the same as you and it is to my mind, criminal that people with genuinely horrible problems are having them exacerbated by the stress caused by the incompetence of the whole set up.

    I can't say much more than I'm so sorry you are going through this, but you are not alone, not by a long shot, though I know that probably won't be of much comfort to you. Keep contacting them thought as I know of two or three people who did this and it got the people to listen, nothing like the power of nagging !

    I really wish you well and hope this is cleared up very soon for you :-)

    Foggy x

  • thank you your right ill keep going

  • Hi jakethemus

    I am so sorry to read that you have been waiting for so long and there really is a huge backlog of cases to assess. On the BBC news channel last week they said that there was a backlog of 700,000 ESA claimants alone! So it could take a while to get a decision. So please keep on in there and fight for what you are legally entitled too.

    I want to wish you all the best of luck with your claim.


  • thank you your right ill keep going

  • 17 months seems to be the average at the moment. I would think it a good way of fudging the figures. While more are waiting less are claiming?

  • Please don`t give up. That is what they are hoping will happen then they can claim their reforms work.

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