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Weʼre raising £2,700 to help replace the loss of PIP payment and mobility car while waiting for appeal tribunal.

Stoke-on-Trent, UK

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I have ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, chronic depression, nerve entrapments, and arthritic wear in my neck. These conditions leave me exhausted and debilitated for much of the time. Even doing simple tasks can disproportionally tire me out and fatigue my body to quite an extreme extent. Not only is my mobility substantially restricted at all times, there are many days when I am not even able to leave my bed due to fatigue, and lack of energy and strength. I am unable to work, due to my conditions.

For 7 years I received Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and under both I also qualifying for the enhanced mobility component. This meant that I could use this part of my benefit to lease a mobility car from the Motability scheme.

However, I was reassessed in January and the assessor deemed that I need a lower level of support. Immediately my income was cut by £50 per week. I appealed unsuccessfully through the Mandatory Reconsideration process, and now have also applied for an appeal at the appeals tribunal court. The wait for this appeal is going to be as long as after Christmas 2018. In the mean time, Motability are taking my car off me as they are no longer getting payments from the benefit agency.

The loss of income is becoming a struggle, but the loss of my mobility car is absolutely devastating. A car gives someone like me freedom, it is autonomous mobility. I have no idea how I’m going to cope. Getting to a from bus stops is very hard. Buses end up causing me such pain and harm, that I cannot do anything once I’ve been on a journey. Taxis might be ok for one or two trips per week, but the cost soon becomes intolerable, and they restrict getting out of the house to just 2 or 3 times a week.

I am appealing with the support of Disability Solutions West Midlands. They have an excellent record of overturning 90% of decisions on appeal, and on evidence say my case is good. Therefore, once I finally get my appeal heard it is very likely I will have everything reinstated. However, the waiting times for tribunal dares have grown signifycantly due to tye amount if people now appealing this systemically broken assessment

In the mean time, however, I need help to replace the loss of income and help in running and maintaining a car. Without the car, I'll be effectively house bound and unable to do everyday things, such as shopping, visiting the doctor and hospital, visiting friends, going for coffee or enjoying the outdoors. All of these things are vital to my on going therapy.

I’ve been trying to self support by selling possetions, but i am running out of things I can sell

Thank you for your support and consideration.

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  • Peter Nicholls15 hrs ago
    Peter Nicholls

    Peter Nicholls

    15 hrs ago

    I've complained to Capita about the assessor and the assessment. They've basically said, you can't prove it, it's not our fault, we don't believe you, even though I had a friend with me who witnessed and transcribed the assessment! PIP allows me to live alone independently and remain mobile and able to get out the house. I was refused, essentially, because, thanks to getting pip, I could do the the very things I was getting pip to enable. It's disgusting. I'm taking the complaint to the next level now.

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  • Peter Nicholls14 days ago
    Peter Nicholls

    Peter Nicholls

    14 days ago

    Thank you for your support. I have been made aware that the wait for appeal tribunals in my area is now at least 12 months. In my case this mean I won’t get a hearing for my appeal until at least April next year.

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  • Peter Nicholls1 month ago
    Peter Nicholls

    Peter Nicholls

    1 month ago
    Update from the Page owner

    If you can help further, I would be enormously great full. However, I do appreciate that times hard for many of us. I look forward to winning my appeal so that I may pay forward the generosity shown to me in this difficult time. Thank you.

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Page last updated on: 8/16/2018 8:15 PM

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24

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 16, 2018

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 14, 2018

  • Kayley Marchant

    Kayley Marchant

    Jul 31, 2018

    I wasn't chastising. Only offering a different perspective. I hope this small amount might help in some way.

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 31, 2018

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 28, 2018

    Good luck Peter

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 22, 2018

    Good luck with the appeal.

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 15, 2018

    Good luck with the appeal mate.

    £10.00

Peter Nicholls

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Peter Nicholls

Peter Nicholls

Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Before I became ill with CFS/ME and fibromyalgia etc., I was a primary school teacher and music specialist. I did my PGCE in key stage 2 - 7. I studied composition under Prof. Andrew Downes at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and trombone under the late Reg Reid.

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