PJday yes I think you are correct.
One of the first questions for PIP is can you plan a journey. Anyone who can drive will loose those points as if you can drive yourself anywhere then you can plan a journey. Its quite clever even going by bus you can plan a journey.
The thing is with PIP its not DLA. DLA you were encouraged to get out by having the option of a motability car like an automatic to enable you to get out or go to work.
PIP is a new beast. Its independent…The I being the word. INDEPENDANCE. If you can put the IN before the word dependant you have little chance I think of getting much.
You have to be truly dependant on aids, or people to assist your daily needs. That is how I view it, perhaps i am wrong.
Having a motability car now is more for someone to help you get out, like having a WAV vehicle for a wheelchair etc.
DLA is not PIP.
I have to use most of my care component to pay my personal assistant for direct payments after a financial assessment, and believe me i am only on a pension and have under the threshold savings.
Its not a give away now its there to help us live our life. I dont begrudge using it to pay for my care, as well its what is for to help me be more independent. I cant drive anymore. My life is pretty much restricted to my home.
I couldn’t get a home visit for my PIP assessment because the lady who filled in my form put I GET ANGRY WITH MYSELF and FRUSTRATED… they would not allow an assessor to my home in case I attacked someone lol. They took it out of context. I was talking about how I FELT. My assessor on my face to face in the centre knew about it, and said I was one of the most calmest people he had seen lol. He knew it was a bogus statement.
I had to be taken to my assessment in a way it was a good thing, as I went with my husband who drove our WAV Kangoo, and my care worker and i arrived in my wheelchair being pushed.
I got enhanced in both.