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    Recently, a family friend of mine applied for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claim - as their current Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claim was becoming dormant.

    Anyways, I have been doing errands for this family friend over the years such as taking them shopping and to places in my car. I took them to the assessment centre to get their Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claim reviewed and was essentially with them to help them with their mobility and thoughts. They put down that they needed a translator and a woman of the same ethnicity took us to her interview room and assessed us. The woman who claims to be a nurse showed no sympathy whatsoever and at times laughed at the points my family friend put across. My family friend is on a lot of meds and uses crutches to get around and yet despite my family friend speaking the truth - she does not get awarded the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The nurse wrote a lot on the decision letter and a lot of the things she wrote were lies and not in line with what doctors have written over the years. This family friends is hypoglycemic and had to drink Lucozade throughout the interview - yet on the report it said that she was energetic and not tired.

    I am frankly really pissed off with the outcome. My family friend is genuinely entitled to it and a lot of her medical records show that she is unable to work. She used to work as a cashier and yet the nurse asked her for the family friends' occupation and even had the cheek to say that "you worked at XXX as a cashier yet you struggle with the concept of money".

    The problem is, you need proof of she said this but I want to take action. I am not going to let this nurse get away with it!

    It is ridiculous as to how claimants who are genuinely well and able and not disabled get this benefit - yet the ones who really need it don't! I met this homeless guy who was physically well - he was able to walk well, and go about his day to day life well and yet he is claiming this benefit.
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    I feel like this needs to change... I know that they have to assess everyone who is claiming it because of the risks of benefit fraud, but they don't do it in a good way. They don't know the effort it must take for someone to get up and go about their daily lives, so I applaud your family member for having the strength to go through this ordeal. Respect! I do believe that you're allowed to appeal this decision if you think it is unfair, so maybe try looking into it? good luck


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    (Original post by thevamps99xo)
    I feel like this needs to change... I know that they have to assess everyone who is claiming it because of the risks of benefit fraud, but they don't do it in a good way. They don't know the effort it must take for someone to get up and go about their daily lives, so I applaud your family member for having the strength to go through this ordeal. Respect! I do believe that you're allowed to appeal this decision if you think it is unfair, so maybe try looking into it? good luck


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    Thanks for the positively!

    Yes I know there is benefit fraud going on but sometimes the people working at the assessment centres seem like they are a fraud too!

    The system is so flawed honestly, I can think of so many people walking with "crutches" and having "breakdowns" and then they get at least some £££ in their bank!

    I hate the benefits system here and never claimed a dime since I was born here. My family friend is appealing it but I personally want this nurse to get sacked and pay for the consequences
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    Thanks for the positively!

    Yes I know there is benefit fraud going on but sometimes the people working at the assessment centres seem like they are a fraud too!

    The system is so flawed honestly, I can think of so many people walking with "crutches" and having "breakdowns" and then they get at least some £££ in their bank!

    I hate the benefits system here and never claimed a dime since I was born here. My family friend is appealing it but I personally want this nurse to get sacked and pay for the consequences
    Things WILL get better - I don't like the fact that they're willing to give benefits to someone who is able bodied and doesn't have any problems with daily life, but then suspicions arise when someone with an actual disability tries to claim? But then as I said beforehand they have to assess everyone as a result of this.

    The thing I'm so angry about is because she was drinking the Lucozade they automatically assumed she was energetic. Disabled people can be energetic too!!11!!!

    I've got disabilities (both physical and learning) and I'm just trying to be a normal teen. Socialising with friends. Listening to music. Being energetic!!! Your family friend is trying to fit in with society by having a job which I admire, it just seems like the assessors look down on this.

    Hang in there, you and your family friend will be okay. Also well done for taking time to help this person, even though the situation didn't have the best outcome I'm sure she's very grateful


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    If they didn't meet the criteria they didn't meet the criteria.

    Even on crutches I bet she could work in a call center /admin job or on a chair at a checkout
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    appeal

    or wait 6 months and then reapply
 
 
 
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