13 Nov

Well, dear reader, I am somewhat stunned into disbelief, silenced and generally in a state of befuddlement.

Postie dropped an ominous brown envelope on the mat. It felt a little thick, hmm, so more than two sheets of paper, is that a good sign.

Okay, so maybe this is the letter about the face to face interview, I’ve been expecting the need for one. Is it an instruction to attend an interview somewhere miles away or maybe a face to face at my home at before-carers-arrive o’clock. Which ever it’s likely to be something that needs my input and wrangling with a call centre.

Tentatively I slit open the envelope and with a degree of trepidation I took out the sheets of folder paper and began reading. Initially I couldn’t comprehend the content, I finished my coffee and tried again. Well… well… well…….

This was not a request for extra info, nor details of a face to face interview, nor details of not meeting the criteria. It was in fact an award letter. Not just an award letter but an increased level of award letter. Not just that but an indefinite award letter. Not just that but details of back dating award to September.


All that attention to detail and chasing for assessment reports and so forth was worth it. Okay so the care component only covers a quarter of the bill, but with the mobility component that bumps it to half. That should help the saving last a little longer.

Let me just go and read that again …. Incase I was projecting, nope it definitely says enhanced award.


Posted by on November 13, 2019 in General, Life


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8 responses to “Stunned

  1. deacongill

    November 13, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    I’m so delighted for you! I know that feeling, when you’ve been fighting for a long time and feel ‘the system’ is against you. No wonder you’re in a state of shock! Time for a snifter to celebrate? After all, the sun (such as it is) is well over the yardarm! And warm congratulations on your persistence and thoroughness. It’s all paid off in the end. Terrific!

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    • AnneMarie

      November 13, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      Knowing the reputation of the PIP system, I am genuinely speechless, I expected an interview before a decision.

      Sun is out here still, no snifter juice in the house, I don’t need any help to topple over 🤪

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  2. snowbird

    November 13, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Oh WOW! That is simply wonderful! So pleased that the worry is over and you got such a good result!!!xxx

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    • AnneMarie

      November 13, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      I literally read the letter three or four times before the penny dropped.


  3. menhir1

    November 14, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Halleluja! Congratulations…well done you. If it is not impertinent to ask, are there any other benefits available to top up on the cost of the care package?


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    • AnneMarie

      November 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      There would be, but they’re all income based assessments, until my income/savings drop below a certain level I would not qualify. The cost of working and being fiscally forward thinking, plus inheritance equals self funding for now.

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  4. menhir1

    November 14, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    I take it that the Attendance Allowance is now rolled up in the PIP thingy. What I was thinking about was that your health condition, in my view, should be designated a medical one requiring NHS care and support. As far as I am aware, apart from NHS care benefit not being advertised as it should be, it might not be means tested. However It is a high mountain or two to climb to get the NHS allowance. You may not feel like taking it on. However, this is an avenue your organisation can advise you about, and at some point be another string to your bow.

    Again….exceptional and very well done. My warmest congratulations on a really good outcome with your PIP award.


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    • AnneMarie

      November 14, 2019 at 10:45 pm

      Attendance Allowance is for those over 65 in receipt of their state pension. PIP is for under 65’s.

      Help with health costs, such as prescriptions, travel, appliances (like my orthotics back brace, foot drop splint), glasses, dental costs etc are all means tested, so income and savings are taken into account.



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