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PIP Tribunal Today

So had my appeal today , couldn't believe the experience the questions from the panel, mainly Disability Rep made me feel that I was guilty and I had to prove my innocence . The whole experience came across as a total lack of experience and understanding of how Fibromyalgia affects us all differently in different ways daily, Suffice to say I am now waiting on cab rep, to talk about next steps .... OH !!! there was even an expectation that I couldn't use a mobile phone or computer !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sadly a lot of people can't use either a mobile or computer. Certainly not when pain is so bad and for too many that is all the time

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Terrible lynne there was no need for that it is s nasty system.people can drive and get a mobility car that is a lot harder that a touching a phone and computer .and they also get enchanched rates for care .and people also work as well and get enchanced rates .sorry to hear this .it is a numbers game to some of them who are just as bad as dwp .

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So sorry you have had such a bad experience. Hope you can get some further help.x

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Was this a Government court appearance of apeal

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It was totally horrible I was shattered after it.

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Hi, I’m sorry to hear that! It was much the same experience for me in July 2017. The Judge was horrible and didn’t seem to understand at all. The system is set up to make you fail. My appeal was refused. I re-applied in February 2018 and was awarded Standard Mobility with Standard Daily Living after attending another gruelling Assessment with a re-branded ATOS. I attended using a Powerchair as I can’t walk far. I had to take a large bank loan to an to buy a car to fit the wheelchair in - I lost my Motability vehicle! Even so, as I can still drive and find my way around so I only received 10 Points. I’ll have to repeat the process in 2021. I haven’t challenged it this time as I don’t want to risk losing everything!😒

Good luck with the next stage, whatever it may be! Hugs x

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So sorry hunny fibro does effect people differently common denominators are pain. And doctors have tested everything and come come back negative for cause. Pain is invisible and sometimes we all feel like people just don't realize what we are going through. I think sometimes doctors have been quick to diagnose fibro which does make some people a bit sceptical eg the DWP. Plus if you can do the few basic things on there list you can live independent mmmmmmmm, they don't see the weeks the house work goes undone code physically and mentally just can't do it or the struggle to get out of bed that's why they ask the questions I know it feels like an inquisition but they ask us all the same are similar ones can you dress feed cook toilet medicate shop for yourself for a lot it's dependant on the day. I can use touch screen I have iPad and iPhone but my phone is on lanya cos I drop it. I got my appeal Monday and I'm dreading it I hate the goldfish feeling (I'm in a bowl and they re watching me) but after waiting ten months I ve finally calmed down about the lies on assessment and mandatory review and hope they don't hold the two very strongly worded letters I wrote to DWP calling them liars in block capitals against me. I didn't know there was anything you could do after appeal please let me know when you win got everything crossed for you, good luck xxxxxxxxxxxx

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So sorry to hear of your awful experience. Do you know if you won your tribunal or not, did they tell you. If you lose at tribunal I know you can go further but if I were you I would use Fightback4justice, they win almost all their tribunal cases. They charge for their expenses but its worth every penny. When I first applied for what was then DLA it took 18 months but they handled everything from sending all my paperwork and medical notes to the court. They went with me and won my case for me, I was in bits at the time and there is no way I would have won on my own. Since then the DWP have made me apply for PIP to replace the DLA and Fightback4Justice did the forms for me, I had a home assessment which F4J attended with me at home (again I paid their expenses) and it went straight through without having to go for Mandatory Reconsideration or Tribunal. You will find Fightback4Justice both on facebook or if you google search their name. Good luck

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I lost the appeal , which after the grilling I got I expected to be honest , my partner who was with me for support worked for dwp for over 20 years and she is stupified with the whole process. My cab rep has asked for reasons and will get back to me this week . Thanks again everyone has been so kind with nice words and helpful suggestions xx

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Hi misty I keep forgetting fightback4juctice I will recommend them with benefits for work as well they seem to be on the ball .hope your fine

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They are successful and the founder is a Lawyer who is well clued up on the law aspects of tribunal etc...

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That's good specially fighting for the disabled

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It is all they do, Fightback for the disabled... fantastic work. Doing as well as I can, hope you are too x

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No bad thanks getting on with it 🙁 take care I will recommend fightback4juctice

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