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PIP and being well kempt

francesca6963 Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited January 2017 in PIP, DLA, and AA
I've recently been awarded lower rate pip I'm so happy but I'm appealing as I feel my answers off atoms are lies and appalling also when I read through atoms report it said I looked well kemp what does that have to do with my claim so maybe if I went dirty and smelly I would have been awarded higher points 


  • Matilda
    Matilda Member Posts: 2,610 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes, @francesca6963 - I think that Atos use 'kempt' as code for 'able to groom themselves well so can't be very disabled'!  My Atos assessor described me as 'kempt' and I was awarded only standard rate PIP.  I am appealing, too.  I think you are right that an applicant is likely to be awarded higher points if they look unkempt.  At my appeal, I think I'd better not appear too 'kempt'!

    Moral of the story:  I'd advise applicants not to look very well groomed at their PIP assessments and appeals!
  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,676 Disability Gamechanger
    I had the same thing on my assessment, they didnt take into account that my husband had helped me in the shower that morning  :( 
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  • Matilda
    Matilda Member Posts: 2,610 Disability Gamechanger
    In time assessors' tricks will become well known and applicants will present themselves accordingly.
  • nanof6
    nanof6 Member Posts: 200 Pioneering
    when i had my assment he came at 9 in the morning, my help hadnt arrived, so i was still in my jimjams, as he pointed out, maybe thats why i got top marks
  • Matilda
    Matilda Member Posts: 2,610 Disability Gamechanger
    @nanof6 - I think your not being dressed certainly helped you get points.
  • emkins40
    emkins40 Member Posts: 28 Connected
    I was in bed! Certainly helped me. You must remember they need to know your worst day don't make an effort at all. Good luck Emma 


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