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Preparation for PIP assessment

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Teddylo
Teddylo Community member Posts: 23 Listener
edited November 2017 in PIP, DLA, and AA
I'm new to this site. & trying to gather as much information as I can for my Pip assessment on Friday. I can honestly say I am in a panic to say the least as I don't have any experience with the benefits system as up until the start of the year seemed relatively healthy & an outdoors power walker but in the space of 10 months I am reduced to being housebound with suspected RA. I have been assessed by OT & have aids fitted in my house. I am no longer able to return to the job I had so live off SSP for now. 
I have my rheumatology appointment next week but I am beginning to worry about finances & the future!
I still need to buy further aids & my OT advised applying for pip in order to do this but after reading up on the refusals & the stress caused to so many people I'm feeling very low! 

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  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Community member Posts: 5,209 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello Teddylo and welcome

    Please don't worry, we mainly see people on the forums that need advice after a problem assessment. There are many more that we never hear about because they go through as they should.

    Starting on the benefits trail can be daunting but the more you learn the better prepared you are.
    There is lots of info on this site so please have a look around.
    It is important to understand the points system, descriptors and the criteria for an award. A good place to start is the self test on the B&W site

    http://www.mybenefitsandwork.co.uk/pip/indexxx.php

    Please come back with any questiona and we will do what we can to help

    CR


    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • steve51
    steve51 Community member Posts: 7,147 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @Teddylo

    A very very big welcome to you to our online community.

    You don't need to worry at all ???

    We have got lot's off useful "info" & "benefit
     calculator"

    https://www.scope.org.uk/support/disabled-people/benefits/check

    https://www.scope.org.uk/support/disabled-people/benefits/pip

    https://www.scope.org.uk/support/disabled-people/money/pip/faqs

    Please let me know if there is any help that you need for your assessment ???????
  • Teddylo
    Teddylo Community member Posts: 23 Listener
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    Hi Stevie, thank you so much for the welcome & info. I'm pretty much prepared for tomorrow but I came across the pip assessors handbook on here but now can't find it again to double check everything. Can you point me in the right direction? 
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Community member Posts: 5,209 Disability Gamechanger
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  • Teddylo
    Teddylo Community member Posts: 23 Listener
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    Yes that's it, thank you so much. I'm not expecting any problems at the assessment but want to be as prepared & on the ball, thank you again for your time & help! 
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Community member Posts: 5,209 Disability Gamechanger
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    You are very welcome
    I wish you the very best of luck

    CR
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • steve51
    steve51 Community member Posts: 7,147 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @Teddylo

    All the best for your assessment please can you let me know how things go ????
  • Alex
    Alex Posts: 1,304 Pioneering
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    Hi @Teddylo

    Good luck with the assessment today. Let us know how you get on.
  • Teddylo
    Teddylo Community member Posts: 23 Listener
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    Hi, it's just been cancelled due to staff shortages so it's now on the 23rd. Now I'm facing a battle with my work as my doctor is off & can't get my sick line until Monday which is a week late, so I will have to struggle this month on 3 weeks statutory sick pay.
    I feel I'm living a nightmare! 
  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,790 Disability Gamechanger
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    Oh no, so sorry to hear that @Teddylo. How frustrating for you! Really hope you can get things sorted ahead of your new assessment date.
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