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New health issue

pjgumna Community member Posts: 18 Connected
edited March 14 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hi all
I am currently receiving pip but I have a new health disability.  Will my pip stop if I declare this new disability?


  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @pjgumna

    Can I ask, has this new disability been going on for a while? When you report changes to PIP, they can decide, or you can decide to be reassessed if you feel it means you need more support. 
    Hannah - She / Her

    Online Community Coordinator @ Scope

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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,098 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @pjgumna - I'm sorry you have a new disability, but PIP isn't based on disabilities as such, rather how these impact on your functional ability with regard to the PIP descriptors. You do not have to mention any new diagnoses to the DWP unless you've had them for 3 months or more, & you also feel that you may get more points. So, first look at the PIP descriptors again: to see if you think you 'may' gain sufficient points to increase your award. There's no point taking any action if you already have an enhanced award for both components, as this can't be increased, nor if you don't feel your award could increase.
    If you do notify the DWP of your additional disability, then this is considered a 'Change of circumstances.' This would result in you being sent a new PIP claim form, & you'd likely have another assessment, etc. Your current PIP award might then stay the same, increase or decrease, so this all has to be kept in mind.
  • pjgumna
    pjgumna Community member Posts: 18 Connected
    Hi the new disability affects my mobility and I've had it longer than 3 months. At the moment I receive the standard daily living component for the last 4 years. I am concerned that if I tell them about my new disability they will stop my pip payments as I use them for telecare service as I'm at risk and I won't be able to afford it if they stop my pip for another assessment. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 53,922 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes you could go onto lose everything you already have by reporting changes. 

    You should never report changes unless you’re 100% sure it’s possible to score more points needed for a higher award. 
    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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