I have lost my freedom

I was successfully on PIP for two years before they called me back for a retest. My health had gotten worse so I thought nothing would change and wasn’t too worried about it. I had recently started using a cane to help my mobility, I did not know this would impact my test negatively as now I can walk for longer with the cane but apparently that counts as my mobility improving thus I scored less points and had my PIP revoked. The whole thing was a big shock and affected my mental health badly. I’ve had to change my future life plans as I won’t have the money for independence anymore.

When we arrived at 8am on a Sunday morning, the receptionist had to call her to get out of bed so we knew straight away that she wasn’t going to be in a good mood. I feel like she looked down on me, she directed a lot of questions towards my mother and not me.Waiting for her to arrive felt like an eternity but we weren’t in with her for long.

She skipped a lot of questions saying they wouldn’t affect me. I wonder if I had not invested in a walking aid to help me get about and had just stayed home all the time, would my PIP not have been revoked? That should NOT be the case for anyone.I have lost my freedom. I used the money for taxis as I can’t walk to the bus stop even with a walking aid and that gets expensive. Now I have to rely on other people giving me a lift everywhere or paying for my taxis. I needed this Personal Independence Payment for my personal independence and now that’s gone.

Sarah

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