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Pip Assessment

Lanson66
Lanson66 Community member Posts: 11 Listener
I had a telephone assessment for PiP on 25 January. Today I have had a text message and subsequent telephone call asking me to book a further assessment on 14 March!! I don’t understand why I require an additional assessment as my original assessment was around an hour.

Is anyone able to advise please as this further delay is going to cause me tremendous additional anxiety and stress 

Comments

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 53,926 Disability Gamechanger
    They may not have been able to get enough of information during the first assessment so another is needed but I can only guess. 

    I’d advise you to ring the number on the letter to ask why another assessment is needed and hopefully they can give you some information. 
    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.
  • LMJ
    LMJ Community member Posts: 21 Courageous
    It happens sometimes if they do not have enough information. It happened to me the first time I applied for PIP and the 2nd assessment only lasted 15 minutes because in the first one the assessor hadn't covered the mobility section properly. I was asked to stand upright from a sitting position so that the assessor could see my difficulties (which hadn't been requested the first time) and it was over, there were no other questions asked. I went on to get Enhanced PIP for both sections. Try not to worry, there is probably just a small section that they needs further clarification.
  • Lanson66
    Lanson66 Community member Posts: 11 Listener
    Hi thanks, I was told that they wanted further information from me and that they would ask me the same questions as they did in the first assessment and possibly some additional questions.

    after my first assessment I was told that I would likely have a letter from DWP within 6 weeks that was 5 weeks ago and clearly my initial assessment was not completed and sent to DWP, it seems a very long delay to then request a second assessment.

     I know I am not alone in this process but the additional delays are really playing with my mental health issues which really were not discussed in my initial assessment. It mainly concentrated on my rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions along similar lines.

    if I am honest I have found that pretty much over the last 3 or 4 months I seem to be spending more time in bed keeping irregular hours and avoiding leaving my house, I know that this is not good for me but I can’t seem to break the cycle.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 53,926 Disability Gamechanger
    The report may have been chosen for audit, if it wasn't returned to DWP. The assessor last time wouldn't have known that. Although the assessor told you up to 6 weeks for a decision, it can actually be up to 12 weeks after the report is returned. 
    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.
  • Solitaryguppy
    Solitaryguppy Community member Posts: 1 Listener
    Hello, 20 minutes after my phone assessment which took 44 Minutes, DWP sent me a text saying they received the report which was pretty fast.

    The guideline is up to 8 weeks for the decision, but from my understanding after reading through some replies on here it is quicker, or is that dependant on the decision maker?

  • DAZZWER2000
    DAZZWER2000 Community member Posts: 19 Connected
    Hi there ,  that is fast !!!  I had phone assessment on march 26th , took 45 mins and got that message 10 days later at 5.10pm yesterday ( out of hours cuz they close at 5pm ).  What ive learnt from all my reading is to not to expect something exact,  everyones timeframes are totally different,  including assessment times, time of first message , second message , letter .  Some dont get either or both.  Best thing to do is say " what will be will be ".    Good luck x
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 53,926 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello, 20 minutes after my phone assessment which took 44 Minutes, DWP sent me a text saying they received the report which was pretty fast.

    The guideline is up to 8 weeks for the decision, but from my understanding after reading through some replies on here it is quicker, or is that dependant on the decision maker?

    Decision timescales are actually up to about 12 weeks, rather than the 8 they advise people. Once a decision is made you will be contacted. 
    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.
  • Lanson66
    Lanson66 Community member Posts: 11 Listener
    Hi all, I am 3 weeks into my waiting period since DWP confirmed that they received the written report. Is there a contact number where I can request a copy of my written report or request an update, given that my first telephone assessment was done in January and for some reason the report never reached DWP hence my second telephone assessment?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 53,926 Disability Gamechanger

    Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

    Telephone: 0800 121 4433
    Textphone: 0800 121 4493
    Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 121 4433 
    British Sign Language (BSL) video relay service if you’re on a computer - find out how to use the service on mobile or tablet
    Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

    Please also be aware that the report is a recommendation only. It's not the decision. Whilst they mostly go with it, they have been known to go against it. Requesting the report isn't always a good idea especially if you're already anxious and stressed. All it causes is a lot more needless anxiety and stress for a lot of people. 

    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.

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