Your helpful advice would be very welcome.
My daughter (16) was awarded enhanced for both the care and mobility elements of PIP scoring 12 points on each (minimum required). We are relieved and feel she deserves the enhanced judgement.
However, there were some decisions that were nonsensical. I.e. she was awarded 0/12 for communication. She is autistic! Communication is THE ISSUE she struggles with!
I don't know what to do now. Do I ask them to reconsider or just leave it? My worry is that if I leave it, what happens when they review it in 3 years time and they give her the same again and I didn't challenge it this time? If I challenge it, could they downgrade her on other elements and downgrade her from the enhanced rate?
Do I just write to them to lodge that we do not agree with some aspects of the decision but accept the overall outcome.
Thank you for reading.
Don't rock the boat. Each assessment depends on the assessor, and the evidence provided. This can go into appeal territory.
Next time try to have more information, or demonstrate the communication issues in a different manner. You may have done that but the assessor wasn't considerate of it. Either way, if she got the enhanced rate, in 3 years just repeat what you did in the areas that scored high. Things should be fine.
I personally would just leave it. It would count as an appeal, and could affect the claim.
Being blunt, I really don't know why you'd want to appeal a fully enhanced PIP. They are as rare as rocking horse ***.
Well said. I was even happy when my esa assessment meant I no longer get more money under the new rules, but I don’t have to go into the job centre so often and I don’t have to participate in any schemes, but I can and I am. The money would have been nice but for me, the biggest stress and the thing that was no longer helping me, was going into the job centre. And I got the enhanced rate of daily living, which considering what you go through to get it and how easily it can be denied, I’m just very grateful for all of it and now I’m going to make the most of it. I’ve got at least 18 months of one to one support, paid for, via the job centre and already after just one session, it is worth its weight in gold, and more than makes up for any lack of extra money due to the change in policy. They’re giving me something far more valuable.