I need to get it out there because it’s nagging at me and honestly I’m trying to keep busy.
The result of the PIP tribunal was that my appeal was refused, surprise surprise! Of course I barely had five minutes to care about it at the time before I received the worse news 😆.
Anyway there was some good news in the fact that I finally scored some points to show for the 14 months of effort. I scored 6 points for daily living and 4 points for mobility. You need something like 8 points in either one to get the lower rate of allowance. To succeed would mean more money but more importantly access to more kinds of support.
Ironically (or not really, it’s completely intentional) a lack of receiving support weakens your case for being awarded with PIP. It’s a built-in catch 22 designed to help them ‘win’ (win against who? The evil vulnerable populace who are trying to catch them out!). Their business and remit is simply to refuse it to as many people as possible. They are literally a private company contracted and incentivised by the government to do this. A core building block of a dystopia, right? If only there was a way to remove the current government…😏.
Anyways, we were always agreed that we’d apply again and Sarah immediately messaged saying we’ll meet up again with Kevin to plan for the next application and come up with a checklist of evidence we need to obtain. One of these is going to be a letter from the doctor which ties together all of the evidence and summarises my current challenges in no uncertain terms. I am glad that it’s all done so that we can begin with that. I’m pretty confident that the next tribunal will be in person instead of over the phone, too (yes, yes, the peril of pandemic prediction— however we’re talking about at least a year into the future 🤦♂️). If I can succeed then I can actually be financially independent of my parents.