I have spent a few years as a voluntary advisor in the consumer reclaim forums (PPI, CPP etc.) but I am now having to pack that in, as I have a wife and daughter who have both become ‘formally registered’ as disabled over the past few years - and I have needed to start taking advice instead of giving it. I hope that Karma will favour me !
We eventually got PIP for my wife after an initial travesty of an Atos assessment awarded her zero points - and that’s when I realised I was gonna need to get my rear in gear if we were gonna be battling with the DWP for the rest of our lives. I got Carer’s Allowance for her following the Reconsideration - and I damned well think I deserved it, if only for being the guy who did all the research & paperwork that was involved !!!
Next - our daughter who has learning disabilities and was receiving lower level DLA had to transfer to PIP when she reached 16. You guessed it - she got zero points - so we had to to a Mandatory Reconsideration for her, followed by an appeal, which finally got her the basic PIP lower level of both Daily Living and Mobility. Yay !!!
By this time, I was getting the hang of it, and because my wife’s and my daughter’s disabilities were totally different, my wife qualified as my daughter’s Carer and was awarded Carer’s Allowance. I have now retired and am receiving State Pension & Pension Credit - so the Pension Credit has been reduced because of the CA that my wife and I are now both receiving, and in effect we now both receive the princely sum of £36 each per week for caring for ourselves.
Ne’ertheless, I count my blessings as I am still in reasonable health - but there will surely come a day when I need care and no longer can care for my wife who in turn cares for our daughter. So I need to look into this - and that’s why I’m here.