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Paper based assessment.

leonashleymillar Community member Posts: 6 Connected
Hi first I would like to say sorry for what is going to be a long post for which any help will be greatly appreciated so many unanswered questions that I’m too anxious to ask. 

So I have have been on PIP at a standard rate for both daily living and mobility totalling £380 every 4 week since 2021 it took me 14 months and a MR and Tribuneral. 

My pip came up for review recently which I have been so anxious for thinking I would need to go through the whole palava again after 2 extensions from failing to be able to contact someone to help me fill in form and discuss with healthcare etc I had to call sister and do what we could together. 

Moving forward I sent my paperwork off on the 2nd march it was delivered on the 4th of march and then on Friday 8th March I received this message. 

Thanks for sending us your 'How your disability affects you' form. We may need you to attend a consultation with a health professional before we make our decision. We'll contact you again if we do. Please call us if any of the details you gave us have changed.

I then received a call on the following Thursday being the 8th from a lady related to pip in some way saying they were doing a paper based assessment asked a few questions and that was it. 

Then on the same day I received this message 

We've received the written report of your PIP assessment. We will write to you once we've made a decision on your PIP. As a guide you should hear from us within 8 weeks. You don't need to contact us unless any of the details you gave us have changed. Thank you.

so I understand I don’t need an assessment but am I likely to be accepted? 

If I am accepted and it’s a higher award would that be back paid to the start of the initial claim or would it update from now?

I can’t ring pip I don’t like talking on the phone as it is and I fear they will think the wrong thing but I need this money for my health conditions and I genuinely couldn’t afford to live without it my glasses cost £250 minimum with NHS enhanced discount and that’s once every 2 years if I break my glasses which is often I have to pay in excess of £600 to replace of lenses are damaged. 

Plus councillors therapy and transport it’s all costly but it helps in unimaginable ways. 

I’m extremely sorry for the length of this post I appreciate anyone’s time for reading and help me at this time. 


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,237 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes, you would have had a paper based assessment. Mostly it's a good thing but it doesn't always mean any potential award is the correct one. 

    If it's a higher award it will not be backdated to the start of your current claim in 2021. When it's a review started by DWP then usually it's from the date the decision was made. 

    Sometimes if a decision took a considerable length of time due to the backlogs for the majority of rev news  a decision maker will use their own discretion and backdate it to an earlier time. Your review has so far been extremely quick because some people are waiting a year after returning their forms. 

    Of course the final decision will be down to a decision maker so I can't say for certain what may happen. 

    Now the report is returned a decision can take anything up to 12 weeks. 
    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.
  • leonashleymillar
    leonashleymillar Community member Posts: 6 Connected
    @poppy123456 thank you very much. 


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