Hi superstottie, did you use the info on the benefit and works website to help you fill in the form? I am in the middle of redoing mine (renewal) I was turned down on the first application then reapplied and got hr mobility, my first application was not very well filled in, I made the error of talking about what pots is madically but did not really discus how it affected me on a daily basis (Ithought that they would just need a diagnosis to make a decision, how foolish I was
) I asked for reconsideration and no one let me know the outcome so I ended up phoning dwp and they said my case was now closed
and that I should re apply, I did, using the info from work and benefits step by step, with all the evidence labled etc, sent it of, two weeks later letter to sat hr mobility, no care but didn't need a medical either.As I am going through the process again ( I was awarded for 12 months so they have sent forms for renewal which is up in Jan 2012 and they want forms now) I have been looking at the photocopy of the form I filled in for the reapplication, since then I have now had a formal dx from prof Grahame, wheelchair services, physio, orthopods, orthotics have also been involved. my form will show ongoing problems that in some cases have deteriorated with evidence to back this up. But as I sit here I know it is not a done deal, and it could all be down to the dm on the day and I again could be refused.
For me reappliying was a quicker process than going to appeal because the whole thing from start to finish was four months including origional application. I didn't think I would get care even tho I can't stand at the cooker get in and out of the bath because at the same time I had to apply for sons dla and I care for him, we just live off sandwiches and microwave meals
if you get stuck on anything post it up and we will see if we can come up with something, ie a change in how you word something or that maybe you haven't included enough detail etc.
It is a very horrid and stressful thing to deal with and even now I should be dealing with the form and not be on the laptop, its a delay tactic for me as I will have to bite the bullet and get on with it.
Oh my classic statement from the dwp on first refusal when I stated that I sleep downstaires as I fall on the staires and going up caused extreme tachy and knees very unstable etc was that I could use the staires but would have to do it slowly!!! oh they know that do they, because I can't safely manage the stairs (have had several falls) and that is why i sleep down staires.Remember each time you phone them make a note of who you are talking to and the time and date also the comments made, as you might need this as evidence in your appeal.
Take care superstottie and good luck
star gazer (how I hate those brown envelopes) xxx