PIP – Permanently Irritation Persecution? | Jayne Linney

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I promised more on the horror story that is the Personal Independence Payment; here it is, courtesy of a claimant.

Recent experience leads me to ask the question what does is PIP –Personal Independence Payment OR Permanently Irritation Persecution?

In February  I wrote about how following the DWP rules resulted in my health deteriorating, since then it has been one thing after another. The report from Capita following this assessment  was dire, therefore it was back into the Mandatory Reconsideration process once again, and duly into the request for Tribunal.

I duly received my date for tribunal on May 26th and whilst preparing myself to attend at 10.00 am that morning I had a call from the court telling me the panel had adjourned the event as they wanted further information from my GP. This stunned me and I was left dealing with the vast amount of adrenalin coursing through my body, but I tried to focus on how this delay might well be a positive thing.

In regular circumstances I should have heard nothing more until the information had been accessed and the new date set; however this is the DWP we’re dealing with. Last Saturday (and I’m becoming convinced all of these letters are posted to arrive at the weekend), I received a letter from Capita stating as a result of my recent application for PIP I needed to arrange an assessment!! Yesterday whilst I was at my mums, my partner phoned the DWP and eventually was told this new assessment had been requested by the tribunal; he also called Capita who arranged for the assessment to be next Monday 13/6/16 .

Today I received a form from the tribunal  requesting my permission for them to contact my GP, so I called them to ask about the assessment request; only to be informed by the court they had not, nor could they, request another assessment!

Source: PIP – Permanently Irritation Persecution | Jayne Linney


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5 thoughts on “PIP – Permanently Irritation Persecution? | Jayne Linney

  1. Phil Lee

    With my appeal just in (after cuts to my benefits which have made me effectively housebound, despite a worsening of my condition) and the whole assessment report and Mandatory Reconsideration only producing a blatant and easily disproved tissue of lies, I suppose I have all this stress still to look forward to.
    I’m wondering about a civil claim against the DWP for compensation over the illegal way in which I have been discriminated against on the basis of my disabilities, which is actually still a criminal offence, quite apart from any civil liability.
    Maybe if we all did that, they’d start to have some idea of the kind of stress we are all put under, with court dates piling up so fast they’d have insufficient staff to defend them all.

  2. Brian

    Does this not prove the DWP’s administrative program is linear. Despite being appealed, the assumption of PIP goes through to the next stage of conversion. This ignores all the agreed safeguards and recommendations of the system. Worse, they then lie about the process. The DWP and it’s contractors are paying lip service to their responsibilities. They need to be brought to book and explain their behavior. Who the hell do they think they are riding roughshod over it’s citizens rights. This is not simply oversight or administrative error, this is an intention to mislead. How many have believed their lies and as a result lost out on legal entitlement. This whole system stinks.

  3. jeffrey davies

    oh the dwp tell the truth hmmm but the tribunal had asked for more info emp report whots it called at a esa appeal but then getting said info on medical grounds from dwp isnt whot they do rather has in my case they cut and paste making it look like you fit for work but myself had sent the full consultant report which put the cut and paste version to shame dwp tell the truth nah jeff3

  4. mrmarcpc

    DWP couldn’t tell the truth if their lives depended on it, nor the tories, professional bs artists is their name and game!

  5. toocomplex4justice

    DWP have prevented my tribunal for PIP from going ahead twice by ignoring the judges request for the evidence used to put me in support group for ESA and wants to know why the decision to award 0 points for PIP was made without any acknowledgement of previous ESA and DLA reports saying that my condition is expected to get worse. the DM says she has decided I am better and can walk, climb stairs and have grown back damaged nerves all without seeing any evidence or doctors letters..
    On another issue I was told that decision makers cannot proceed with making a decision until all.evidence has been viewd.
    So how are DM’s. Required to conduct themselves ? As fair minded administration staff making evidence based decisions? Or omnipotent bullying toe rags withjji too much power and not enough thought of the consequences of their actions.

    I hope they lose their pensions

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