I agree with you Charlie. The DWP and their cronies like ATOS push you, as in my case, to the brink of an emotional and physical breakdown and then admit they were wrong! It is as you said. Applied for PIP, had assessment, awarded standard rate for mobility for three years, went through Mandatory Reconsideration which changed nothing, asked to go to Appeal, obtained more evidence from MS Nurse and GP which refuted all the assumptions and decisions of DWP. These were not ready in time for me to send with appeal paperwork so was going to present on the day on arrival at tribunal. The extra evidence sent with appeal documents were letters from my wife, two friends and a very long detailed letter from myself quoting several legal precedents set In court affecting PIP claims, a great deal of assistance was given to me by knowledgeable others on this forum.
Was now waiting for a date to be set for the appeal. Then after a number of weeks I received a letter from DWP stating my appeal will not continue and that the decision had been changed, I would now be awarded the enhanced rates for both the daily living and mobility components for an ongoing period.
Whilst delighted with this I was also angry that I was pushed to the limit by DWP before coming to the correct decision.
They had not even received the evidence I had from MS Nurse and GP:
What is their MO