PIP descriptor E and Blue Badge info

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

It has been brought to my attention following a lengthy call with a Casework Manager for PIP that when somebody scores 12 points for the planning and following a journey section of a PIP application, the decision letter and statement does not include the points awarded under descriptor E as the maximum points have been awarded, which makes perfect sense.

As in the case I was discussing, the claimant was awarded the 10 points under descriptor E with regards the claimant Cannot undertake any journey because it would
cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant. This as you are doubtless aware is the criteria for the issuing of a Blue Badge under the PIP. As the claimant was awarded both 12 points for descriptor F and 10 points for descriptor E, only the the higher of the descriptors were on the decision letter. Subsequently, Oxfordshire County Council refused the application as a result of the decision letter not specifically giving the Descriptor E classification as well.

In light of the above, can you please provide all guidance that has been provided to councils in respect of this anomaly, any guidance and meeting notes or minutes that recognises this issue and further any procedures or guidance in general to the introduction of Blue Badges to those who have scored the 10 points under descriptor E.

Yours faithfully,

David Bowen

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