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Advice on bringing recording devices to PIP assessment please?
I'm new here. Just wanted to say I've found this forum extremely useful/helpful in preparing for my PIP Assessment, which is taking place soon.
I'll just give some brief background info about me. I have had 3x PIP Assessments in my lifetime. The first in 2013 where I received the enhanced rate of daily living, and the standard rate of mobility. I then had this taken away from me in Dec 2015. I then won this back at a Tribunal in Apr 2016. I received a questionnaire in Dec 2017 that I filled out and returned. I was then informed I had to attend this reassessment in late Jan 2018, taking place in Feb.
Now to the point of my topic
I have already rang them up and requested for my assessment to be recorded. They agreed I could bring 2x devices. I have now become paranoid about losing the copy of my recording, or one of the devices letting me down on the day. I just rang them up today and asked if I could bring a third device so I could make an extra copy. The person I was speaking to then became more confrontational asking "why would you want a third device?", I gave the reasons I stated above. He then informed me "it will be at the discretion of the Health Professional on the day", we then went back and forth for a couple mins. I then asked could I at least get written confirmation on the day, that I was denied the ability to bring a third device, he told me "no".
My plan right now is to go ahead and bring the third device. If I'm not allowed to use it. At the beginning of the interview after the 2x recording devices are running. I will say that I was denied the ability to use a third device. I will then ask on tape for the "Health Professional" to confirm or deny this. What I'm worried about, doing this, is, could the "Health Professional" then end the interview based on this? Saying I was being uncooperative? I'm also now thinking perhaps I should bring a fourth device, just in case they say, it's not fair that I should get 2x copies and them only 1x. That could be a way for them to prevent me from using the third device. Therefore, I'm favouring going for 4x devices just to be on the safe side. Part of my condition is I do have issues with paranoia. However, after spending the last few days, reading what some others have gone through on this forum, with these so-called "Health Professionals", I think my paranoia is justified this time.
I would be interested to know which of the following options you think would be my best course of action.
a) Bring 2x devices and hope nothing happens to my copy.
b) Bring 3x devices and if told I'm not allowed to use it, go with my statement of refusal idea, and risk the interview being ended.
c) Bring 3x devices and accept their decision to prevent me from using it.
d) Bring 4x devices and if told I'm not allowed to use the extra 2, go with my statement of refusal idea, and risk the interview being ended.
e) Bring 4x devices and accept their decision to prevent me from using the extra 2.
Sorry for this long post. But I'm absolutely petrified about what's going to happen. Any advice or suggestions would be welcome.