Jumping through hoops

CW: Disability benefit claims process

I wish others would accept, like I try to do, that it is now highly unlikely that I will make a full recovery.

I found out last year that, like a lot of people, my Personal Independent Payment (PIP) claim had been extended due to the pandemic. Some people now have a few more years of peace before they have to endure the soul destroying process of proving they are too unwell to work or live independently.

My claim however was only extended by 11 months.

The award letter from 2019 (backdated to November 2018 because they’re so slow) states that the individual assessing me believes I will recover within the next few years, and so my award was only for 3 years. November 2018-November 2021. (The pandemic-related extension takes me to October 2022.)

Bearing in mind they send the forms out six months early, I was expected to have recovered from an illness I’d already had for 8 years, in just 2.5 years.

I’m tired of this. Really tired. We have to constantly jump through hoops when really a little compassion wouldn’t go amiss. “Ahhhh they claim to be sick? Well if they can complete this 30 page document trying to prove it, they can’t be as sick as they claim.” It is demoralising to say the least.

Ive just had to reapply for my Blue Badge and, as that is linked to my PIP, I can only get a new one for what is less than a year. That’d mean paying £20 precious pounds for two Blue Badges within the year.

Alternatively, I can fill in a form and supply evidence of my illhealth and disability to prove I do indeed still need and qualify for a Blue Badge. I don’t expect to be handed these things without question. But I’d love for a bit of consideration with these things. She’s still ill after 11 years. Maybe go easy on. (They won’t, I know. They don’t care about the individual.)

I don’t like to use the word ‘triggered’ but it does probably sum up how having to prove and explain my limitations to ‘the authorities’ makes me feel.

Published by Anna Redshaw

Blogging about life in the slow lane with an invisible, chronic illness. I wasn't always a sick chick so this is somewhat of a life changing experience!

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