I knew it was coming and I know a few people have either been through it or soon will do.
I received a letter from the DWP about 3 weeks ago with regards to DLA ending and having to apply for PIPS. I also had a reminder letter from the DWP about it last week.
For 6 years I have been on DLA as a "lifetime award" as assessed by ATOS which is an achievement itself I understand ! But of course nothing is forever especially where politics is involved. Well, today I made the phone call to the DWP although a bit late. My partner who I am a full time carer for had spinal surgery a couple of weeks ago and she has been quite ill. Worryingly ill and she is on the cutting edge of medical science bless her. She has been a guinea pig for new drug trials a couple of times.
I've had a very nasty cough and had to look after myself very carefully too. After having acute bronchittis in 2013, my lungs are not good.
The phone call was fairly simple and they wanted some details about me for security purposes. ie: to make sure I am applying myself, for me. There were other questions of a very lengthy and mechancial legal nature. My brain does not handle stuff like that very well, but I got through it. I waffled on in another direction at one stage but got told to answer the question which wasn't very clear to me anyway.
I know they have targets for how many phone calls they have to process every day and they have to be strict about keeping on track but I find it very hard talking to a mechanoid.
So win or lose I'm off ! On the trail of PIPS and I will keep you informed about the whole process. What will be will be, but I will fight them all the way to the wire and beyond. Trust me on that.
Please ask if anyone has anything to discuss?