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onebigvoice
onebigvoice Scope Member Posts: 768 Pioneering
As I said today we had a Face to Face interview for Attendence Allowance.  The Assessor was 5 minutes early and at the door introduced himself and also showed me his I D which had all the information of the Telephone call I had last week when he booked the appointment.
  In comming in the house he took out some forms I had filled out and went through those but before checking every thing else on the form would allow the DWP to speak on the Claimants behalf even when she was not their and in signing three other documents that said I would be able to give if necessary other information to the DWP including BANK DETAILS, since this was already on file as they pay the pension into that account, and to see two formal I D's from us both the claimant countersigned under my signature and that of the Assessor to explain that he had left copies of the documents, the signatures assuming that the DWP needed to recontact her and will speak to me now as to not put pressure on the claimant to make any issues they have worse.
  the interview took about 35 minutes and was never asked any medical questions since information was already on the forms (Attendence Allowance) and that this interview will be sent within one hour of returning to his Cardiff Office, and this would be sent Electronically not by Snail Post as the assessor had seen us both Face to Face, so no other security questions need to be had as all the information had been checked by him and signed.
  Its now down to the Decision Maker who was also aware of this interview, so now its a bit of a waiting game.
  The other thing explained is the reason for an Appointee and the document included the details of an appointee where some things may not apply for this benefit but apply to all benefits and this had to be explained at the start what my dutys were.
  If only all assessments went this way we would not be in the position we are in now, and hope this is the shape of things to come, where information supplied by the claimant is looked at and verified and I have only asked for a fair assessment which I would be only to happy to attend or recomend to any one who is given a Face 2 Face assessment to take.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,208 Disability Gamechanger
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    This doesn't sound like it was an assessment at all. It sounds like this was the usual visit they make when becoming an appointee so the person you seen was a DWP representative and not an assessor. This is exactly what i went through when i became an appointee in 2017 for my daughter.

    It's very unusual to have an assessment for AA anyway.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • onebigvoice
    onebigvoice Scope Member Posts: 768 Pioneering
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    Yes you are right, it was just going through ther correct chanels to help get things started for some one that would not claim any help even though they were struggling both financially and Physically.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,208 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yet you were referring to is as an assessment and an assessor, which isn't correct.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • onebigvoice
    onebigvoice Scope Member Posts: 768 Pioneering
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    Yes, you are right again, maybe it is my choice of words since that is what I was originally told when the appointment for the "assessment" was made?  He then explained he had everything he needed but asked if I would become an appointee and to check and get the signatures of us both that that is what she wanted, He also left all the appropriate paperwork once signed by all.
      I cannot keep appologising since I have explained everything and as you have stated its what you went through with your daughter.
      All I know now is that I am an appointee and can deal with the DWP for Attendence Allowance for her and if I wanted to become an appointee for anyone else what would be required.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,208 Disability Gamechanger
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     if I wanted to become an appointee for anyone else what would be required.
    You and the claimant would need to go through the same procedure you just went through.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • onebigvoice
    onebigvoice Scope Member Posts: 768 Pioneering
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    Yes, you are right again, this is what I said:
     He then explained he had everything he needed but asked if I would become an appointee and to check and get the signatures of us both that that is what she wanted, He also left all the appropriate paperwork once signed by all.  Which is slightly different and also stated that I would have to go through the same thing not only for someone else but if her condition changes or there is a change that would affect the original paperwork like she died, to contact them to stop an overpayment occurring.
  • onebigvoice
    onebigvoice Scope Member Posts: 768 Pioneering
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    I would also like to add that I received last night,  
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      This is only one of the jobs sent to me after I rang them last night to leave feedback from the visit of the DWP.
      I have offered my skills to the DWP for free for years and can't even sort my claim out and yet they believe I have the skills to do this and others they have asked me to apply for.
      The world is a funny place, but I am sure that it will sort itself out.
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