For all those who were not aware, today marked the end of a long journey for me, today was the day that I had my PIP tribunal. PIP is personal independence payment and its a disability benefit, it is not based on your condition, more how that condition limits you in your day to day life.
I will go into more details on the actual tribunal in another post, for those that might be going through the same journey and have arrived at this point and am not sure what is going to happen.
However, I got there in plenty of time, very very nervous, I did manage to get a couple hours sleep last night, but I was still exhausted.
I was first in, I sat down and they asked me a stack load of questions, I spent nearly an hour talking and it is all based on when I had the initial assessment which was back in July 2017, so it was very much dealing with what an average day looks like from there, trying to remember how things were.
After they had finished asking their questions, we were lead back out to wait their decision, I turned to my partner and said I don’t think I have got it. 15 very long minutes later, we were called back in and…….
I was awarded standard care. I won, after 18 long months of fighting and I won. This means, we get a back payment of all the money we should of been receiving over the last 18 months, plus it means more money every month, till 2021, when they will assess me again and hopefully by that point I won’t be needing it anymore, but it does give me some breathing space. Well till the next benefit comes round to being assessed.