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AliBarrett Member Posts: 5 Listener
edited March 2018 in PIP, DLA, and AA
I'm interested in the processing of PiP applications, how long they take and do they always require a medical. Tia


  • markyboy
    markyboy Member Posts: 367 Pioneering
    It can take up to 9 months from first applying to getting a decision and you will almost certainly need a medical assessment
  • AliBarrett
    AliBarrett Member Posts: 5 Listener
    That seems like a long time, it's for my daughter, severe anxiety and depression since she was 15. How do they assess mental health? Thanks for your reply.
  • Matilda
    Matilda Member Posts: 2,610 Disability Gamechanger
    Most PIP applicants will have to have a f2f assessment.  These assessments aren't really medical examinations.  You'll probably get a DWP decision within  a month of the assessment - mine took two weeks.

    Disability Rights UK site has a good guide to all aspects of PIP.
  • whistles
    whistles Member Posts: 1,583 Disability Gamechanger
    My guess is they will have you see a mental health nurse at the f2f. 

    From my experience I had to show the condition existed before they even considered the descriptors.

    Good luck.
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  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,216 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi AliBarret

    Have a look at the B&Wself test


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  • Tracy1965
    Tracy1965 Member Posts: 22 Connected
    I’m on pip at moment recently contacted them to let them know my condition has got worse how long will it be before I here from them do you think and I assume will have to have another face to face interview thank you
  • wilko
    wilko Member Posts: 2,449 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2018
    @Tracy1965, when I informed DWP of a condition change I was told I had to fill in a new PIP application form and go for a f2f. Which I duly sent off had my f2f then waited 10 weeks for award letter but had my report weeks before so had an idea what my award was, but still had to wait for comfirmation letter.. Good luck.


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