I have limited mobility and on-going health issues due to contracting a serious infection (supported by specialists/other doctors). I was awarded standard PIP in 2016 after assessment with HCP. When it came to an assessment with a different HCP in 2019, I was awarded 0 points. After appealing to the tribunal they awarded 0 points.
The tribunal also made the hurtful comments (despite never meeting me as it was paper tribunal) that pretty much said "claimant has exaggerated mobility issues" and "as well as agreeing with the 2019 HCP assessment where claimant was awarded 0 points, the panel also asserts that claimant should not have been granted an award in 2016 in the first place and the original HCP was in error. We may have revised the 2016 decision but did not decide to do so in this instance."
I don't know how they can make a threat like this. If I appeal (my CAB representative thinks I'd have a good case regarding 'errors in law' as the panel didn't acknowledge the doctors letters I provided at all in their statement of reasons, despite me having a functional exam in one of them showing limited mobility), do I risk being fined/ordered to pay back my previous award that was granted between 2016-2019?
Are the tribunal getting above their station? I assumed the 2016-2019 is a separate decision and as it was never appealed against, would be completely separate. The appeal that has gone to the tribunal has been the 2019-present one, which I want to continue appealing but am feeling intimidated now.
What should I do?
Please help as I only have less than 2 weeks to reply to them.