Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed it!

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Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed it!

Postby Purpledot » Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:59 pm

Hi everyone

I just wanted to give some people who are still awaiting decisions on benefits etc some hope.

At the begining of the year, on the advice of my OT and Physio, I applied for a Blue Badge on-line, and received an e-mail within an hour to say my application had been successful. The badge arrived in the post a few days later.

Also, round about the same time, I applied for ESA, and have this morning received a letter out of the blue stating that I have been placed in the Support Group. I have had no medical. All I did was fill in the initial form.

I also applied for PIP in February, again on the advice of my OT and Physio, and received a letter a couple of weeks ago saying that I had been awarded the standard rate for Daily Living and enhanced rate for Mobility. Again, I had no medical.

I know my Physio filled in a report for the PIP, but am not sure who was contacted regarding the ESA, if anyone.

The only thing I can think of is that I do have a severe balance/vertigo condition (as yet without confirmed dx) that is regarded as incurable and progressive. Perhaps this is what has swayed the decisions.

Anyway, I just wanted to give everyone some hope who may still be going through this minefield.

PS: Do any of you well-informed folk know what the criteria are for being placed straight into the Support Group? Would they have had to have at least one report from a medical professional, or would they just go on my application?
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Re: Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed

Postby alice2411 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:01 pm

What's blue badge?
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Re: Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed

Postby denys » Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:36 am

Alice a blue badge is the disability badge awarded so that you can park in disabled bays near to shop entrances it also allows you to park in certain other restricted areas

Purpledot congratulations that is wonderful news, I was placed straight into the support group but have no idea whether they wrote to my doc or not :-? :-? :-? :-? :-?
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Re: Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:00 pm

Fab news for you Purpledot :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing: It'ds always good to hear when the system works properly for someone, it can help keep the hope glowing for others going thru the process.

Wrt being placed in the Support Group, I found this that might be helpful.
Support group descriptors

Qualifying for the support group of employment and support allowance (ESA)is not about scoring points. Instead, if the decision maker accepts that any of the following descriptors apply to you, then you will be placed in the support group.


1. Mobilising unaided by another person with or without a walking stick, manual wheelchair or other aid if such aid can reasonably be used.
Cannot either
(i) mobilise more than 50 metres on level ground without stopping in order to avoid significant discomfort or exhaustion
or
(ii) repeatedly mobilise 50 metres within a reasonable timescale because of significant discomfort or exhaustion.

2. Transferring from one seated position to another.
Cannot move between one seated position and another seated position located next to one another without receiving physical assistance from another person.

3. Reaching.
Cannot raise either arm as if to put something in the top pocket of a coat or jacket.

4. Picking up and moving or transferring by the use of the upper body and arms (excluding standing, sitting, bending or kneeling and all other activities specified in this Schedule).
Cannot pick up and move a 0.5 litre carton full of liquid.

5. Manual dexterity.
Cannot either:
(a) press a button, such as a telephone keypad or;
(b) turn the pages of a book
with either hand.

6. Making self understood through speaking, writing, typing, or other means normally used.
Cannot convey a simple message, such as the presence of a hazard.

7. Understanding communication by—
(a) verbal means (such as hearing or lip reading) alone,
(b) non-verbal means (such as reading 16 point print or Braille) alone, or
(c) a combination of (a) and (b),
using any aid that is normally, or could reasonably be, used, unaided by another person.
Cannot understand a simple message due to sensory impairment, such as the location of a fire escape.

8. Absence or loss of control whilst conscious leading to extensive evacuation of the bowel and/or bladder, other than enuresis (bed-wetting), despite the wearing or use of any aids or adaptations which are normally, or could reasonably be, worn or used.
At least once a week experiences
(i) loss of control leading to extensive evacuation of the bowel and/or voiding of the bladder; or
(ii) substantial leakage of the contents of a collecting device;
sufficient to require cleaning and a change in clothing.

9. Learning tasks.
(a) Cannot learn how to complete a simple task, such as setting an alarm clock, due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder.

10. Awareness of everyday hazards (such as boiling water or sharp objects).
(a) Reduced awareness of everyday hazards leads to a significant risk of:
(i) injury to self or others; or
(ii) damage to property or possessions,
such that they require supervision for the majority of the time to maintain safety.

11. Initiating and completing personal action (which means planning, organisation, problem solving, prioritising or switching tasks).
Cannot, due to impaired mental function, reliably initiate or complete at least 2 sequential personal actions.

12. Coping with change.
(a) Cannot cope with any change, due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder, to the extent that day to day life cannot be managed.

13. Coping with social engagement due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder.
Engagement in social contact is always precluded due to difficulty relating to others or significant distress experienced by the individual.

14. Appropriateness of behaviour with other people, due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder.
Has, on a daily basis, uncontrollable episodes of aggressive or disinhibited behaviour that would be unreasonable in any workplace.

15. Conveying food or drink to the mouth.
(a) Cannot convey food or drink to the claimant’s own mouth without receiving physical assistance from someone else;
(b) Cannot convey food or drink to the claimant’s own mouth without repeatedly stopping, experiencing breathlessness or severe discomfort;
(c) Cannot convey food or drink to the claimant’s own mouth without receiving regular prompting given by someone else in the claimant’s physical presence; or
(d) Owing to a severe disorder of mood or behaviour, fails to
convey food or drink to the claimant’s own mouth without receiving —
(i) physical assistance from someone else; or
(ii) regular prompting given by someone else in the claimant’s presence.

16. Chewing or swallowing food or drink.
(a) Cannot chew or swallow food or drink;
(b) Cannot chew or swallow food or drink without repeatedly stopping, experiencing breathlessness or severe discomfort;
(c) Cannot chew or swallow food or drink without repeatedly receiving regular prompting given by someone else in the claimant’s presence; or
(d) Owing to a severe disorder of mood or behaviour, fails to—
(i) chew or swallow food or drink; or
(ii) chew or swallow food or drink without regular prompting given by another person in the physical presence of the claimant.
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Re: Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed

Postby Purpledot » Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:46 pm

Thanks for that Fluppypuffy.....that does make more sense now.

I am still trying to get my head round it, as I have been gearing myself up for the dreaded summons to the face-to-face assessment.

I was literally shaking when I opened the brown envelope, fully expecting it to be a date for the assessment.

I appreciate how truly lucky I am, and do not take it lightly.

I have already used the PIP money to buy a wheelchair, and am looking into getting a cleaner in once or twice a week as there is no way I can mange the housework any more. Hubby does what he can, but he works long hours and struggles to fit everything in. He also has a dodgy back due to an accident years ago, so is limited to what he can do. Having a cleaner will take the pressure (and guilt) off us both. Without this money there is no way we could even have contemplated this, so I am truly grateful and am not taking it for granted, and am fully aware that they could take it away at any time

For all those still to embark on the ESA/PIP journey, or for all those currently going through the process, please don't think I am rubbing my easy journey in your face. I just want you all to know that sometimes the system does work fairly and without hassle (apart from them losing my fit note a few months ago) and that, if you persevere, you will get the right decision. Never give up xx
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Re: Blue Badge, PIP and ESA success...no idea how I managed

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:24 pm

Having that extra pressure and worry lifted will do both you and Mr Purpledot so much good by making things that little bit easier, meaning you will have a little more quality in your lives as well :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing:
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