i was awarded pip two years ago for a three year period.
that runs until next july 2016. but three weeks ago .i was sent a renewal form form the dwp.
i dont know how they expect me to know how my illness will be in a years time.
anyway i sent the forms back in along with other stuff .
only to find a letter friday morning from atos saying i have to have an appointment with them again.
my last appointment was a home visit .this time they are saying i must go to one of the places.
to be checked over i rung and said i was under the inpression that if i had home visit before i should get the same again.they told me no way only if i had a letter from my doctor stating that.
so i have to go and see him to get him to tell them .
i dont understand why the dwp have done this if i was awarded high rate of both components last time.
i have my gp and my ot officer both at a loss as to why they have done this .
i would be greatful for any advice as iam lost on what to do .
i have severe spinal stenosis degenerative arthritis very bad anxiety and asthma.
i get really bad pains in my back hips legs feet arms shoulders just about everywhere.
every now and again my feet swell so bad i carnt stand on them. and my hands have a habit of cramping.so i carnt grip anything . my ot officer has assessed me and my illness and has been in touch with my local council. to demand they give me a dropped curb .because she feels iam in desperate need as my walking is very limited.she has also requested that i be giving a stair lift but this dosent seem to be enough for dwp or atos .she also told me .when atos turn up (if i get home visit) that i have to ask them there full name medical expertise and there medical number .she said they will try and avoid giving me there number they will come out with all sorts of stuff.just to aviod giving me it . but i have to right to have it .as i may need it in case of any appeal . i asked her what she ment and she said .that they are not all gp's some are not really medical professionals .so i will need it to show they didnt have the knowledge to give me a full and proper assessment .all this has really brought me down to my knees .iam having even more trouble sleeping. (dont sleep alot as it is ). its made me really feel like giving in and saying ok
you win .ill just give up my pip award and not bother to try and renew it . i would be very greatful to any one of you wounderful people for any advice .
thank you in advance