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Hi, pip assessment report anxiety

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chelsw88
chelsw88 Community member Posts: 15 Connected
edited December 2022 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Good evening. I requested my assessment report and whilst the comments are fair/true regarding my physical conditions they have completely disregarded anything to do with my anxiety/depression. I’m diagnosed and on medication though have not been drs regarding this in ages due to covid staying in and quite frankly them not doing anything anyway. I do not go anywhere alone and find it hard to socialise even with family let alone others and whilst I can follow routes to familiar places and cannot do so to new places and my mum would have to drive me. Yet and I quote ‘drives her children to school MOD’ yes I do, but we are late most days, I drive due to anxiety walking and that we can wait till the main crowds die down I’m in and out. So on the descriptors for socialising face to face and route planning/ undertaking I scored nothing.
I’m aware this isn’t the final decision but know mostly they go with it. Would it be worth appealing against these two or is it not even worth the hassle and stress
thankyou

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    You can’t appeal the report. You can provide additional comments to DWP now commenting on the report if you wish to. Alternatively you can wait for the decision and then start the appeal process then by requesting a Mandatory Reconsideration of the decision.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,981 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @chelsw88. Welcome to Scope’s forum. It is great to see you have joined us. How are you at the moment?

    Thanks for already finding the courage to reach out to us. I appreciate the courage it can take to reach out, especially when you are new and finding things difficult.

    I can see Calcotti has already responded to your post though. Do you feel Calcotti’s response has provided you with the support you were hoping for?

    Please don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s anything else we can do to support you. We are all here for you and listening to you.

    Take care for now and we will look forward to, hopefully, hearing from you again soon  :)  

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  • chelsw88
    chelsw88 Community member Posts: 15 Connected
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    calcotti said:
    You can’t appeal the report. You can provide additional comments to DWP now commenting on the report if you wish to. Alternatively you can wait for the decision and then start the appeal process then by requesting a Mandatory Reconsideration of the decision.
    Thankyou for your reply(only just found notifications) I was aware of this I was just kind of preparing myself in advance- anxiety is through the roof. I just felt like the mental health side of things has just been discredited through the a/r due to having to take my child to school :/ but as you say it’s not the final decision. I’ll just have to patiently wait. Thankyou for your reply though
  • chelsw88
    chelsw88 Community member Posts: 15 Connected
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    Hello @chelsw88. Welcome to Scope’s forum. It is great to see you have joined us. How are you at the moment?

    Thanks for already finding the courage to reach out to us. I appreciate the courage it can take to reach out, especially when you are new and finding things difficult.

    I can see Calcotti has already responded to your post though. Do you feel Calcotti’s response has provided you with the support you were hoping for?

    Please don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s anything else we can do to support you. We are all here for you and listening to you.

    Take care for now and we will look forward to, hopefully, hearing from you again soon  :)  

    Thankyou for your reply. To be honest I can see why requesting the report is not for some. I’m just now trying to patiently wait and go from there once I have the final decision. Again thankyou for replying
  • Cher_Alumni
    Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,734 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @chelsw88 and welcome to the community from me.

    I can understand how anxiety provoking this was for you. I wonder, would it be worth seeing a different GP or changing doctors surgeries if they haven't been helpful in the past? I appreciate it's difficult to see any doctor at present due to sheer demand, but would urge you to seek support with your mental health from a practitioner if the anxiety and depression is still having a significant impact on your life.

    Good luck with the outcome of your PIP claim and remember we're always about should you need support further down the line. Take care.
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  • chelsw88
    chelsw88 Community member Posts: 15 Connected
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    Hi @chelsw88 and welcome to the community from me.

    I can understand how anxiety provoking this was for you. I wonder, would it be worth seeing a different GP or changing doctors surgeries if they haven't been helpful in the past? I appreciate it's difficult to see any doctor at present due to sheer demand, but would urge you to seek support with your mental health from a practitioner if the anxiety and depression is still having a significant impact on your life.

    Good luck with the outcome of your PIP claim and remember we're always about should you need support further down the line. Take care.
    Thankyou for you reply, to be honest I think this is just down to me and my anxiety/perceptions rather than needing to change I find it hard to explain myself properly (I usually have to write it all down) but I should at least try.

    I got awarded today low daily living which is good, it appears they stuck with the A/R (physically they’ve understood but mentally they haven’t) is it worth doing a M/R for the parts I genuinely believed (based on above) would be awarded or not even bother?  
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    chelsw88 said: is it worth doing a M/R for the parts I genuinely believed (based on above) would be awarded or not even bother?  
    Only you can decide that. If you not sure of whether you can score more points and whether or not the extra points would get you a higher award you can seek advice.
    https://advicelocal.uk/
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • chelsw88
    chelsw88 Community member Posts: 15 Connected
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    calcotti said:
    chelsw88 said: is it worth doing a M/R for the parts I genuinely believed (based on above) would be awarded or not even bother?  
    Only you can decide that. If you not sure of whether you can score more points and whether or not the extra points would get you a higher award you can seek advice.
    https://advicelocal.uk/
    calcotti said:
    chelsw88 said: is it worth doing a M/R for the parts I genuinely believed (based on above) would be awarded or not even bother?  
    Only you can decide that. If you not sure of whether you can score more points and whether or not the extra points would get you a higher award you can seek advice.
    https://advicelocal.uk/
    Thankyou I’ll have a look. Can a M/R affect the current award?
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    chelsw88 said: I’ll have a look. Can a M/R affect the current award?
    Yes it can, it is a complete review of the award. Obviously you want it to affect the award by increasing it. It can result in a decreased award (which I suspect is really what you were asking) but this is unusual.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • chelsw88
    chelsw88 Community member Posts: 15 Connected
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    calcotti said:
    chelsw88 said: I’ll have a look. Can a M/R affect the current award?
    Yes it can, it is a complete review of the award. Obviously you want it to affect the award by increasing it. It can result in a decreased award (which I suspect is really what you were asking) but this is unusual.
    Thankyou I wasn’t really sure how it worked with it being a new award I’ll look into it all. Thanks again
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,981 Disability Gamechanger
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    It sounds extra confusing with it being a new award @chelsw88. Please don't hesitate to let us know if we can do anything else to support you  :)
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