Reference Number: xxxxx/xx/xxxxx
National Insurance Number: xx xx xx xx x
Hi Yesterday the 28/2/17 I attended a tribunal to dispute my PIP award in particular the mobility element and I would like to lodge an official complaint.
I have never felt so intimidated in all my life, I left there shaking. Before proceedings began the chair warned me that the rules have changed as far as I am aware the new legislation is not live yet.
They hadn’t even looked at my extra evidence I handed in on the day to go with the supporting evidence I had already supplied. Told me they wouldn’t be looking at the mobility part I was disputing but my claim as a whole and if I did proceed my award could stay the same could be lowered could be upped or I could lose the lot and advised to take legal advice if needed. Adjourned to consider my options with my rep and decided to withdraw.
I felt threatened and intimidated. They did say as my award is up till 2018 I can then put forward my case when I’m reassessed.
How was I to even think about going forward with the appeal when I’m faced the threat of losing it all he even advised me to seek legal advice. Who’s going to take that on with the threat of losing everything? My rep and I spent weeks preparing and never got to even present my case.
I really don’t know where I go from here. How can that be fair when I can’t even put my case across without having been told first that I risk losing all my entitlement? The report from the dwp categorically states that the care component was not disputed only the mobility part of my PIP claim. But this judge wanted to look at the whole claim from before I made my MR. Three times he reiterated that I could lose my entitlement, offered I potentially seek legal advice and suggested I take 5 minutes with my rep to think things through. It was like they had already made their mind up before I had even began, was left with no choice but to not proceed.
The two other people in attendance the doctor and the nurse never spoke once, this judge was in complete control and was intent on making me feel bullied and intimidated and I already felt that they had made the decision already.
Where do I go from here?
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