Well thats another step in this wretched journey over with , we attended court yesterday for our emergency PIP Tribunal , a performance getting Mr BH there and sorted , but we made it .
The DWP didnt even bother to show up , theyve made just 2 appearances in the time the tribunal has been sitting .
The panel were lovely , a retired GP , judge and a gentleman in an electric wheelchair , they were very kind to him and coached him through lots of questions about what had happened on the day of his assessment , they were very interested in why we were an emergency tribunal and asked our caseworker lots of questions regarding why we are receiving nothing in other benefits . She explained that after 12 months we are still in the assessment phase for ESA that is only supposed to be 12 weeks max and that they are still doing bog all with his case except ask for more forms and information whenever we question them . And that we are amassing rent arrears into their thousands because they will not process housing benefit until he is in receipt of benefits .
The judge seemed to be bemused that the main reason he failed his assessment was ownership of a white van , this he said is a total irrelevance . The doctor more concerned with the fact that his mix of medication in June was a little ill advised as he put it . the lovely disabled gentleman talked him through his day and the silly petty soul destroying problems he faces . The disabled gentleman explained that the descriptors have changed from his original award and that the crawl 20m rule with aids meant that he two had lost the higher rate of mobility
They then asked me if hed missed anything and i detailed the level of toileting problems he faces at which point he burst into tears . They then sent us out and debated for ages , the result was he scored 11 for care and 10 for mobility , that gives him easily enough for both the lower rates and its not a huge amount but its enough for us to live on in our normal frugal way and its a start . The caseworker is however going to regroup and see .
The bad news is that the DWP may decide to appeal the tribunal decision in which case it could be years till we receive anything , they have 12 weeks to object, nothing will be paid till then if at all.