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paulfoel

PIP appeal

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paulfoel   

Got turned down for PIP for son then got turned down again at mandatory reconsideration phase so decided to appeal to tribunal.

Got turned down - now waiting for date.

Both the initial form and rejection seemed to focus a lot on the physical aspects more than anything which is why it got turned down. What am I doing wrong?

BTW son has now finally got a formal diagnosis. Will this help? Or is it too late for that now?

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trekster   

It all depends on which assessor you get on the day to be honest. Evidence from as many different sources regarding how your son's affected.

If he has coordination difficulties emphasise those as well.

Hope he gets his PIP on appeal.

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paulfoel   

Of course it was DLA not PIP because he was under 16...

 

Wow its been a long road. Two years after initial claim the triubunal has OKed it.

The tribunal agreed to pay DLA for three years from December 2017 to December 2020. Trouble is son turned 16 in October 2019 just gone. Wasn't aware that you could get past your 16th birthday and that it changed to PIP?

Well anyway, DWP have paid the backdated money (YAY!!!!) to October 2019 but thats it. No mention of anything past his birthday. What do  I need to do?

Will they pay DLA until December 2020? I was hoping they would until we sorted out PIP claim....

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