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Trying to get a disabled bus pass, asked to attend an 'assessment' interview - anyone have experience?


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Hello!

This seemed to be the place to put this, though equally it could have gone in transport or benefits. I had a look through and couldn't find any similar threads.

 

I have fibromyalgia and have been trying for the last two years to get a disabled bus pass. It's been complicated by the fact that I have never been in receipt of mobility in PIP, something I decided not to appeal the first time round as I just didn't have the strength. When they re-assessed me, I decided to take it to tribunal and have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting...

 

In the meantime, I have been trying to get a bus pass. There was a form on their application form for a doctor to fill in and stamp to confirm disability, which I made a (non emergency) appointment to do, she filled it out, I sent it off with a photo and expected it to be that simple.

 

The first time was rejected for no reason, and again I did not have the strength to continue to fight, but a year later I decided to try again.

 

Now they say that I must attend an 'assessment' with one of their County Council 'independent mobility assessors' to see whether or not I qualify. Apparently evidence from my GP and specialists is worthless.

 

I have several concerns about this and was wondering if anyone had experience of this? How long does it take? How do they assess you? Do they seem genuinely interested in finding out if you have an 'invisible' illness or just in finding a reason to turn you down?

 

I have a bit of a dilemma, because I *could* just wait for the court date (whenever that is) when I am hoping I will finally be awarded mobility, and then I can provide that as evidence and not need to undertake this 'assessment'. But then again, that could be a while.

 

Thanks for any advice or info on your own experiences. I appreciate it.

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Hi

 

Whether you are applying for the Bus Pass or the Blue Badge under the Travel Scheme specifically due to disability anyone applying for these can now be asked to attend a medical assessment by an mobility assessor whether inhouse or independent.

 

I would ask the council for clarification on the reasons for this medical assessment, is the mobility assessor independent from the council & the mobility assessor qualifications that will be carrying out this assessment.

 

specifically ask the following:

 

1. Is there disabled access.

2. Where are the disabled toilets.

3. If being dropped off by car/taxi what is the distance from the drop off point to the main entrance.

(amend or add to above to suit your needs)

 

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