The DWP sent me a letter at the end of November 2017 saying that my DLA would be stopping and did I want to claim PIP. I sent for the form and had a month to return it. I telephone Michelle Cardno at Fightback 4 Justice in Bury as when I first applied for DLA it was denied and we ended up at tribunal where Michelle won the case for me, it took a total of 18 months, that was in 2014 and I was awarded it for life. However, seeing as the Government decided to abolish DLA and make us ALL claim for PIP whether or not we were awarded it for life that is what I did.
Michelle at Fightback4Justice and I had a 2 hour telephone appointment to complete the form, Michelle asked me all the questions and completed the form which she then sent to me (2 copies) which I sent along with all my medical evidence and a supporting letter from my GP to the DWP. Eventually after numerous telephone calls telling DWP I could not travel for assessment to Nottingham as it was over an hour away (44 miles) especially at commuter times, 9.25 they wanted me to be there for. They gave me a home visit assessment appointment for 20 December and this took place at home, with a lady Physiotherapist (I asked her what her medical capacity was) having been a medical secretary myself in the years I was well enough to work I wanted to know that they were medically qualified to assess me. A lady called Karen from Fightback4Justice came to my house to be with me and take notes. this was for my benefit should they refuse me and in that case F4J could do a mandatory reconsideration for me.
Luckily this was not needed as today 19th January I had a letter to say I had been awarded PIP until 2021 when they will check to see if my needs are the same as when I applied. Well we all know that osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia in most cases does not improve and I will be three years older then too making me 67. I have been awarded enhanced for both and it is one heck of a relief.
I hope that everyone else that has recently applied or is applying for PIP now is as successful. Best of luck from a very relieved Mistyang. Gentle hugs & love xxx