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Yes by EESA no by PIP!

MalueMalue Member Posts: 5 Listener
Hi.  I do not fully understand how this PIP works. 

I was was sent to an assessment center in October 
by the DWP regarding EESA I was given full payment and my assessment basically says "I am unfit for work". Then along comes PIP I was refused PIP ( 0 points) even though I was in receipt of DLA since 2003 

I was told VIA phone call to send in my medical evidence as I argued the point "How can one assessor for the DWP say in October 2016 I am unwell then a PIP assessor suggests I am fit and healthy" this EESA medical report has been signed by the "Secretary of state"  Has anyone else been in a similar position and if so, how long would it take for me to hear back from PIP? 



  • NystagmiteNystagmite Member Posts: 609 Pioneering
    Same happened here. But you have to remember that the criteria is different.
  • MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger

    I suggest that you re-post in 'Ask a benefits advisor' category for expert advice.
  • Liam_AlumniLiam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,113 Pioneering
    Hi @Malue,

    I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties you are having with PIP. Have you looked into appealing the decision? We have lots of information about PIP and the DWP appeals process on our website, which you may find useful.

    I've also moved this to our Ask A Benefits Advisor category, where @BenefitsTrainingCo may be able to offer more information and support.

    I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, then please do get in touch.
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi Malue

    As others have said PIP has a different assessment criteria to that in ESA and so decisions can be very different. That said lots of PIP decisions are wrong and it will be well worth your while considering a challenge. The first stage of a challenge is a mandatory reconsideration which is the PIP office looking at its own decision again. You can request this yourself although it is always good if you can get specialist advice from a local advice service. The Disability Rights UK factsheet on PIP is available here and page 27 talks you through how to do it. Bear in mind also, that most mandatory reconsideration decisions made by the DWP remain the same but MANY (about 60%) are later changed by an appeal tribunal where the claimant attends the hearing. For advice on how to appeal see page 29 of the factsheet.

    Once again, it is a good idea to get specialist help and if you are not sure of where the services are in your area i suggest you contact the Scope helpline at the top of this page.

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