Well I heard back from my mandatory reconsideration of PIP today. GRrrrrrrr… They are idiots. I have been granted the Mobility component at the standard rate of £21 a week (what’s the point?), but not the component that frankly I feel that I was fair more entitled to and frankly at the enhanced rate as well - the daily living component. It’s not just because of the MS, but also because of severe depression and anxiety problems that I’m under my local mental health team for. I have very big problems with socialising with people i.e. I simply can’t. Yet somehow they’ve managed to decide that I have no problems with this activity (engaging with people face to face). I can in some situations, but not in situations where there’s a group of people (too much going on for me), I feel inferior (interviews etc…), the person is talking a lot or is very loud (I don’t process things as quickly, possibly a result of the meds I’ve been on for my epilepsy over the years, or that was the psychologist’s opinion a few years ago, and I withdraw and shut off as people are just rambling and I can’t partake in the conversation), and many other situations. So a busy social situation is very different from a 1:1 chat with someone - which frankly is still a nightmare situation for me, but I can deal with a whole heap better. They are jack asses!! Guess I take it to Appeal then.
Anybody else had to go through the entire process and actually come out the other side with a positive result?