I have PPMS and I was awarded the Standard Daily Living Allowance PIP back in December 2014; it is up for review in Spring 2018.
My mobility is steadily getting worse and I can only walk short distances using a stick. My right leg is becoming progressively weaker and drop foot tends to become very evident as my tiredness increases; nothing new to report there, of course. I have bought a scooter to get about more easily.
I took the plunge today and rang the PIP helpline. Having been held in a queue for some time and occasionally listening to messages subtly trying to put me off continuing with the call, I finally spoke to a person. I was advised that my PIP could be reviewed but that I would have to repeat the whole application process as if I was a new applicant. The system appears not to cater for reviews in a different manner; I had expected only to have to notify DWP of changes and to be reassessed only for those. What a trusting fool am I, it seems.
The thought of a full reapplication is daunting, even though I kept a copy of my previous form. I presume a number of you have been through such a process. Is it technically possible for the new assessor to rescind my existing award or am I being unnecessarily pessimistic? Is it better just to accept the award I have and put up and shut up? Perhaps I should be more positive.
I would like to hear about your experiences. Thank you for reading this.