There has been a lot of talk, quite rightly, about PIP claims.
I have Lupus, osteoarthris, a recent hip replacement (I am getting the other one done and both knees) depression, fibromyalgia, lumbar degeneration, etc etc and I have been refused any help whatsoever from the DWP. I am going to court soon, but I am not holding out too much hope. To get pip now you have to not be able to walk, think, wash, cook etc. tis extreme to say the least! If you can take a shower, make your dinner, wipe your butt then you are not legible. They don't take into account mental health - I was told I was fine mentally according to the "nurse" who was speaking to me for an hour. They don't take into account chronic fatigue , not being able to stand for long periods (coz you can stand) and if you are able to converse with the assessor to a reasonable degree you can forget it.
I am however going to court as I feel so strongly about people with chronic illnesses/disabilities who are either not going to receive any help or will have their help withdrawn.
I need to leave work as I am very sensitive to UV light - this sounds pathetic, but if (due to Lupus) I am under them for more than 5 minutes the Lupus flares and I feel nauseas massive headache etc. I work in a school so they can't just turn the lights off.