I am new to the forum. I thought someone might be interested in this story from a Rheumatoid patient about PIP.
I emailed the following along with recorded evidence to:
DWP Noel Shannahan, Director General
Mark Harper MP, Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean.
“I applied for my PIP and after typical months of waiting for Atos assessment I finally had the assessment and last December I was told I 'do not meet the criteria'. I have appealed but today surprise surprise, I phoned DWP who said they have not received it, so it is on-going and is the reason I am emailing this (don't trust their post / or email for that matter), if the BBC receive it then they must receive it also.
The reason I am contacting the BBC is to expose lies by ATOS appointed by the DWP as evidenced in the recording attached of my recent ATOS assessment and to complain to the BBC and DWP about this matter to change it for patients like me in the future.
As soon as the assessment session started with the ATOS nurse, she was very prickly and caused tension to say the least and I was upset and crying. She saw me reach for my phone to check if my daughter had text and was ok and she asked if I was recording it which gave me the idea, after this point her manner completely calmed drastically as we both knew she suspected me of recording it.
My rejection letter states various questions I was asked in the assessment and marks my score as Zero.
However you can hear from the recording that I answered the questions very differently from what the letter says - so they have just lied and made it up and I have the voice recording to prove it -see attached letter and recording.
Start from around 20mins into the recording.
- rejection forms says 'you can prepare and cook a simple meal unaided - this gives you a score of zero
- You can hear me crying on the recording saying I can't cook, my daughter does everything.
Washing and bathing
- rejection form says 'you can wash and bathe unaided, this gives you a score of zero
- You can hear me crying on the recording saying my daughter has to help me wash and bathe
... and it goes on, me crying barely being able to breathe at some points I am that upset at recalling the difficulty I and my daughter face daily - but all the questions on the rejection form have made up lies with scores of zero by ATOS/DWP. Where did they get those answers from, not me.
The only reason I recorded it was because the lady was very difficult from the start and had me crying so I thought best record it.
I have various disease - severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vasculitits, Ocular migraine, suspected TIA / Mini stroke, other CVD problems.
My 11 year old girl is my full time carer - because she is under age she has to work for free, ie she gets no money for it - if she was older she would get pad - is that not child labour for free? We live alone my daughter and I. I hope you understand that it is difficult to answer questions about my daughter looking after me, giving me my toxic medication, cooking and bathing me because at the front of my mind I am always fearful social services will intervene and take her away, but it is a fact she is my carer and gets nothing for it.
I hope this is useful for other people like me.”