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Should I request a PIP review?

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polarpad
polarpad Community member Posts: 7 Listener
edited August 2023 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hi thoughts please? 
I currently receive the lower rate of PIP for my bipolar disorder, in the last 18/24 months this has become far worse, I do work but have had nearly 16months of in the last 2 years. Should I request a review of my award or am I better off leaving it as it is due to some horror stories of people’s reviews….thanks in advance 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,961 Disability Gamechanger
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    Unfortunately, it will be impossible for anyone here to answer that question because no one knows exctly how your conditions affect you. PIP isn't awarded based on any diagnosis. A worsening of condition doesn't automatically entitle you to more points for a higher award.

    If you report changes, you'll be sent more forms to fill in and return and another assessment is most likely. Once a decision is made your PIP could either remain the same, be increased or stop completely.

    If you don't fully understand the PIP descriptors then i'd advise you to get some expert advice before doing anything else. https://advicelocal.uk/welfare-benefits

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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,150 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @polarpad - I'm sorry your condition has worsened, but it's best to get some expert local advice such as from https://advicelocal.uk/ before considering what is called a 'Change of circumstances.' This wouldn't be a review; you'd have to complete a new claim form, likely have an assessment, etc.
    You should also think that a worsening of condition doesn't always mean more points such as they'd increase your award.

  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 3,519 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @polarpad, you've already got excellent advice already. Going for a re-assessment can certainly be a scary and stressful situation, let us know what you decide to do and how you get on. We can offer further support and signpost advice if you do decide to go for a review.
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