You may recall that my PIP application process back in 1018 was successful, although I had to concede my original 'higher rate' mobility for the lower rate.(I could have appealed but decided not to) So here we are approaching 2020 and once again I must start thinking about PIP. The claim runs out this coming august and there is already a need to start planning for it!! What a pain! Generally speaking I see my neurologist once a year and I saw him a couple of weeks ago. This was an opportunity for me to discuss PIP. I don't really feel that any neurologist should be spending their valuable time on bureaucracy , however he was only too glad to discuss this forthcoming claim and told me that I should be able to claim the higher rate of mobility. He has provided me with a covering letter, describing my diagnosis and limited mobility.
It's apparent the DWP rarely, if ever contact specialists directly from the details on the completed application, rather depending on what documentation the applicant includes. Even then I wonder if any of that gets read!
The dilemma now facing me is exactly how I fill in that form. I shall be doing these with the support of the Benefits&Work website, to which I subscribe, thereby having access to the full range of advice. When it comes to the mobility section I have a choice of 'how far can you walk'
That is where it gets complicated ! Certainly I can walk more than 20 Mts, but can I do that repeatedly? can I do that on a bad day? can I do that when my MS hits me, or is affected by a UTI, or those other outside influences? Then the answer is no, so do I tick the box that says "It varies"
These are the finer points of how hard it is to get across anything meaningful on a form whose decisions are made, not by a person, but by an algorithm in a computer.
As time ticks along I will keep you all informed on how things progress.