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  1. Thanks Margaret! I offered the HP support letters when i started the consultation but she refused; should she have taken them? Yes i have more days than not when i can't go out, in fact going out and doing physical activity makes me worse and it can take several days to recover, during those days i won't go out at all, my memory, focus and concentration is impeded. I got there but couldn't find the building, got dropped off in the wrong place and spent about 10 minutes looking for it, i was relying on the taxi driver to find it and i was panicking, nearly went home but found it with a lady who had an assessment there. I'll call and ask for the PA4 and anything else on Monday. I can get support letters saying i need transport to hospital appointments and help getting to assessments and have done for several years, they should show that i can't make unfamiliar journeys cause of fatigue, i can't travel far on my own and like i say on a bad day i don't go out i'll just make myself worse and prone to dizzy spells akin to panic attacks, this is why i need the PIP so i can do more, i'm severely limited in what i can do. So yeah i'm pretty sure i need to apply for a reconsideration. And thanks, appreciate you taking the time to reply.
  2. Thanks. On bad days it's not reasonable for me to go out at all unless they are taking my by car there and back so i think that's a yes.
  3. Thanks. The assessor took a copy my CFS assessment, i assume to send to the DWP. Not sure what's going to be better than that!
  4. Sorry to keep posting but i want to make sure i do all i can to avoid going to tribunal if possible. Thanks again.
  5. Request before applying for reconsideration? The safety side is also a issue, i won't travel anywhere unfamiliar on my own. I don't think i did a great job during the assessment but i'm pretty sure i said i don't go out most days, only when i'm well enough and because i have no choice. Thanks!
  6. A letter you wrote or one from your GP/Doctor? Thanks.
  7. Thanks. I thought of writing a letter but wondered if i should also get support letters. I'll have to call welfare rights and see what they say, they took my form to send but can't remember if they sent me a copy. By scoring criteria you mean descriptors or the score sheet Nystagmite mentions? I'll have to request that. It may be that i'm not entitled so i need to get things clear before going any further. I'll post if i have any more questions.
  8. Right. No not a bad day, i don't go anywhere and that's what i told them and if someone asked me to meet them somewhere that day i'd have to say no. It's a bit unclear that though, i thought the point of the mobility component was to help with transport. If you can't plan a route and get there safely how could you drive a car?
  9. Thanks for reopening the thread honeybee13! Well as expected i failed the assessment. I got 4 points and 0 for mobility which was the main reason i was applying. It says i can plan and follow a route of a journey unaided but yet i took a taxi there which was booked for me so i'm not sure what that means, physically i would not have been able to get there on my own and it's the same with hospital appointments etc. I'm trying to work out if appealing is worthwhile and whether any evidence i could attain would be enough to support my claim as i have to choose where to expend my energy. I've only had a CFS assessment last year but cause of some admin errors follow has taken ages so support letters first? Or should i also ask for my medical records as i read ATOS may not. Thanks.
  10. Oh yeah and i appreciate stuff like that believe me. I probably wouldn't have thought of this stuff so am really grateful for this place.
  11. All this stuff about impressions. GAH, feel like the whole thing is designed to fail you and that's was thinking of when i posted. You have to be aware of how they score the assessments as evidenced by that guide, if you didn't know and were really ill and said yes i can but you could only do it once you'd fail. The lady i saw did as quite a lot about my issues though. I questioned whether it'd be worth going through with it again, i'm half expecting get 0 points and have to go to a tribunal again but at least i had a letter from CFS this time which was submitted as evidence.
  12. Yeah sorry poor phrasing there, i'd never try to deceive always be as honest as i can. I'll update tomorrow, not really sure how it went but i tried to go into detail of how things affect but i forgot to give examples on some stuff. Cheers.
  13. Thanks. I went through the PIP Guide today and think i have everything covered.
  14. I have a couple of questions i meant to ask. Does needing transport to hospital appointments count as assistance to managing therapy and does taking natural remedies for cognition and memory count as needing help to communicate verbally? Also can i give or take notes i've written based on the descriptors cause i might not remember everything. Thanks.
  15. Thanks both, i'll reply tomorrow. Just glad i asked cause i was in no way prepared for it and welfare rights didn't mention any of this stuff (like the diary)! Cheers.
  16. Thanks. Funnily i found it all today and was wondering whether to take the decision notice but decided to take it and not leave anything to chance. Got a recent letter from the CFS service as well. Thing is, the PIP would be for taxis to go places i couldn't ordinarily, i can go places on my own some days but it's a very limited scope. I think the welfare rights advisor told me this was less severe than the ESA assessment so i wasn't all that concerned, she said it can be worse in some areas. I'll have a look at the PIP form to give me an idea of what to expect. Thanks for all the help.
  17. Thanks, I have to approach it from the perspective of a bad day.
  18. This is at 1:15 which is apparently the latest they can do.
  19. I'll show/tell them exactly how it is, warts an' all.
  20. Well originally they wanted me to go to Wakefield at 8:30 am so this is a massive improvement! It fluctuates but i usually get help with stuff like this cause i don't know when i'm gonna have a bad day. I really just want to get it over with cause i've been waiting a while but i thought the DWP put me into WRAG and this is to help towards that end.
  21. No it's not but my support worker has arranged a taxi for me to get there and back as they can't attend. I didn't think of that but i read they'll do it if you can show that you have home visits from a GP which is something i'm thinking about as getting there is difficult but again this is something the PIP would help with. Thanks.
  22. Thanks. So it's jut like the ESaA, typical! It's the lower rate and it's to help with transport getting to places. I don't have a team per se but i have something like CFS which means i'm housebound most of the time and working's impossible without some kind of help. I have had a CFS assessment recently and there is some folow up on that so i don't have much in the way of evidence but i'll try and get anything from my ESA assessment that i can find.
  23. Hi, it's been a while since i posted but i got some great help with my ESA tribunal before so thought it couldn't hurt to ask. I haven't done much preparation assuming i'll be fine but i'd really like to get the PIP, it'll mean more freedom and the potential to do some form of work, even voluntary. I was advised by my job center adviser to apply and got help from welfare rights with the application. I just wondered if there was anything to be aware of, is it a very strict assessment, are they trying to catch you out like the ESA? Will they have access to my evidence from the ESA tribunal and things like that? Thanks!
  24. I meant to ask couple of things. Should it take 8 weeks to get the ESA instated and how long would i have to appeal to be put into support group? Thanks.
  25. Thanks Margaret. I expected it after what i read from others, i knew i'd get 0 points no matter what i wrote. So i wanted to be sure that my issues prevented me from working cause people who know me thought i wouldn't have a chance on physical grounds and i'd rather work than be going through this every few months. Then i got conflicting advice from CAB just before the tribunal and then they refused the postponement the day before. So yeah it really helped. I did what i could from the help i got here and i'm sure it made the difference. I'm just enjoying the peace now. I don't know what WRAG entails and i'm not sure if i should be in support group so i my have more to go before it's over. My advice to anyone is stick to your guns and get an advocate or welfare rights advisor straight away when you get the ESA50.
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