I applied for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) but have been turned down despite having rheumatoid arthritis, long covid and anxiety. This decision is particularly disappointing as when I first applied for it approximately 5 years ago I was awarded 8 points which was 2 points short of being awarded the standard rate. I accepted the decision.
Despite the fact that I am experiencing more flare ups, joint and muscle pains, fatigue, breathlessness, difficulties standing and walking for long periods, cognitive issues and anxiety - I have been awarded 0 points. According to the decision maker the assessor who undertook the telephone assessment found me not to anxious, incoherent and not appearing to lack in concentration or appear confused!!!! I have brain fog not a permanent cognitive impairment or learning needs.
I am going to appeal the decision and will request letters of support from the Post Covid Recovery Team and my GP. I have one from my rheumatology consultant.