I am now on zero income

I was in receipt on a 5 year award of DLA. It was due to run out in September 2018 and was won at a tribunal 4 years and 3 months ago. After the heart attack I did my duty and informed the DLA department to inform them of the change for the worse in my health. I was informed that I had to make a claim for pip and did so the moment that I got the form in the post with the help of Bromley CAB.

I went to the appointment to see the organisations medical representative (Atos) but before I went I did inform the PIP department that I was going to make a recording of the event and was told that I needed to provide 2 sets of recording equipment which I did. The representative made me sign a document in order to record the event and the assessment went ahead. Later I got the report turning me down for pip. After reading through it I was able to spot that a few of the representatives answers were the opposite of the conversation that occurred during the event.

I requested a mandatory reconsideration based on the changed made by the doctor, pointing out the changes and reminding them that recordings were made to prove this. That was ignored and turned down. I then put in my letter of appeal. and a week or so later my DLA was stopped 9 months ahead of the time set by the judge when I won the original tribunal. I did remind the PIP section that they have no right to overturn the judge’s decision and I was ignored.

I am now on Zero income. I explained to pip that I need the DLA as it was winter, I am taking blood thinners every day and this means I will feel the cold several times harsher than ever before and it is likely to be detrimental to my new health condition. Again it was ignored. I suffered the winter snow feeling very ill indeed and unable to keep warm without the DLA to pay for the extra heating needed 24 hours a day and was ignored. I am about to suffer again as we expect another cold spell in the coming days.

After waiting for a date for my appeal after going beyond the advertised time limits and after receiving a call from my coronary nurse telling me that PIP had sent him a form to fill in but explaining that he was not qualified to do so. He had spoken to PIP explaining the fact that he is not qualified to answer but was told to do it anyway.

I spoke to PIP asking why they were requesting important information from an unqualified source and was fobbed off but more worryingly when I had passed on the security questions in order to proceed with the call the lady I spoke to responded by saying “I can see you must be calling about the decision that has been made about your appeal”. I did not stop to think and said no I am trying to find why I have not had a date for my appeal yet. She said she will look into it and let me know in a day or 2 and went on to explain that they do not have the recording I made when being seen by Athos so they now consider that no recording was made. The call ended.

I sat back and considered the call and suddenly realised. I had just been informed that a decision had already been made and I had not yet had a date for the appeal. This sounds highly illegal considering the lies Athos made, the time taken so far, the fact they overturned an award won at appeal, the fact there is a file on PIP’s system saying a decision has been made and the fact they have lost, mislaid or thrown away the recording made with Athos so they consider that my evidence proving the doctor lied means nothing.

I got the call yesterday telling me that the 6 to 8 weeks to set a date followed by 4 weeks for the appeal to happen is now 6 to 9 months before the appeal will be heard. This is obviously going to be more than a struggle for my health. If it takes the full 9 months then from the point of claim to appeal date will have been 18 months. I find this to be totally unacceptable and need your help.

I had an appeal date only to sit down and be told they need more evidence from My doctor and even though I got My copy a couple of weeks ago there is no new date so I remain as a zero income citizen unable to afford more than very basic meals, losing weight and feeling weaker by the day affecting my ability to return to a reasonable level of fitness and health. This is sick and twisted behavior from a government that was elected to protect the citizens from hardship yet instead we are made to suffer while their pockets are forever full.

Colin

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