DWP Catch Questions.

I have read the following blog by Alex Tiffin about the rise in claimants losing enhanced rate of Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and thus there mobility vehicles


It brought back a thought I had and of which I have submitted an FOI Request to DWP in the hope they have recorded the conversation.

Let me explain:

Back in August 2018 I was admitted to hospital for a Radical Cystectomy due to bladder cancer this triggered a new claim for PIP as new health conditions have to be reported to DWP so this I did on discharge from hospital, in hindsight maybe I should have left it a bit longer as due to heavy medication and healing process was not in the best frame of mind.

Anyway I made the call and after going through security questions the first thing I was asked was ” would you like me to inform motability operations of your claim for PIP” not in the best frame of mind I said yes and suffice to say no information was forthcoming and having gone through the medical assessment, the points awarded and how the assessor was leaning on mobility I am lead to believe that question was a catch question of which I fell for hook, line and sinker.

I scored 19 points for care needs well over the 12 needed for enhanced care component but ZERO for mobility despite the executive dysfunction and cancer fatigue I have overlapping on both care and mobility.

They have not read any of the evidence I supplied even at Mandatory Reconsideration they merely read the MR Letter bunged 4 points on for mobility and sent the refusal letter out that was it.

I have now submitted my appeal to HMCTS and will be submitting a submission soon as DWP respond, it has thus far been a complete farce and the PA4 Report? not worth the paper it is written on.