Well - 35 weeks after applying I have been lucky enough to receive my PIP award. I have received the Standard Rate of Daily Living and the Standard Rate of Mobility.
I just have a query on the scores I have received on the Mobility if someone who understands them more clearly can help; and possibly advice me on what can do if anything to appeal that section only and where can I get some independent help to do this if I decide to so.
In the letter it states:
Planning and Following Journey : You can plan and follow a route of a journey unaided; this gives you a score of 0
I have checked the form I completed and I have written in Q13 how difficult I find planning and undertaking a journey because of the severe pain I have and the anxiety I have about falling. The difficulty I have in managing steps and kerbs and so on. I also gave a couple of examples and stated that I couldn't undertake a journey alone. This was a very detailed explanation of my difficulties. I also confirmed this in the home assessment.
You can stand and then move using an aid or appliance more than 20 metres but no more than 50 metres. This gives you a score of 10.
In Q14a - I have ticked the box that says less than 20 metres. I have noted that I occasionally use appliances such as a walking stick. In the extra information section I have written how hard it is to walk and have supplied some examples. Again I mentioned how hard I found stairs and kerbs and that I needed support. Again this was a very detailed explanation of my difficulties. I also confirmed this in the home assessment; the lady who assesed me only asked me to stand up which I did using the chair arm to help me but she did not ask to see me walk.
My question is that if I have ticked box 20 metres why have they said I can stand or move using an aid or appliance for more than 20 metres but no more than 50 metres.
Can I just query the above - or if I appeal does it look at the whole claim or can I just appeal the mobility bit. Do I stand to lose the whole award. By the way I have been awarded it for 6 years.
I have had a look online for some help about this but can't seem to find anything ? I think maybe I need a Disability Adviser(?)
Thank you so much for reading .......