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Change of circumstances - do I inform PIP?

kim49kim49 Member Posts: 8 Listener
edited December 2017 in PIP, DLA and AA
I'm in need of advice please. I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder few years ago and was in receipt of DLA. Then I become very ill with what my G.P thought was M.S. I was very relieved to find out I hadn't, however I've been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia... which has M.S symptoms without  the neuro damage.. My Question is ( at last , I'm sure  ) is do I inform the pip people as last time I did they lowered my money ? I really can't afford less ... thanks in advance to any that answer my long winded question ..

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  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,729 Disability Gamechanger
    According to the gov website, you must contact the PIP enquiry line if the help you need or your condition changes. 
    Scope
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  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello kim and welcome

    You certainly should inform DWP of a change of circumstance but be aware that this will trigger a new assessment.

    How long is your current award ?

    Try taking the B&W self test to see the possible impact of your change of condition

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

    CR


    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • kim49kim49 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Thank you so much cockney rebel . I don't want to come across deceitful just nervous of the discussion panel being that I was far worse physically on my second assessment and they lowered my money.. I will call them first thing as I would hate to get in trouble for not informing them of change.. didn't know I had to do that. As bipolar is a life long condition I life with I wasn't aware that added illnesses were taken into account.
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    any new condition that affects your functionality should be reported if it has existed for 3 months and is likely to continue for a further 9 months. So a broken ankle is unlikely to affect an award whereas a bunion might

    CR
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • kim49kim49 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Ouch ! Understood I'll call Tomorrow 
    many thanks
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