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My PIP so far

BJ2018BJ2018 Member Posts: 29 Connected
I applied on March 20th... Sent the form back by 6th April and I've got my face 2 face at home through Capita on Friday 1st June!

Been reading this site though and not holding my hopes too high! 

I hope I get a nice one 

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  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community, @BJ2018! All the best for your assessment, do let us know how it goes.
  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,352 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello, BJ2018, welcome to the community, as the hymn goes "do not be afraid for I have called you by your name" at your acessment don't be rushed if not sure asked for the question to be repeated, or can you explain what you mean. How do I move about. Remember what you wrote in your applecation form because you will have to justify the answers you gave. Be wary if the acessor drops sometihing don't attempt to pick it up,could be a ploy to see how well you can move, grab ,grip things or offer to make tea if this is something you struggle with or can't do or stated you can or can't do. The fact that you offered could mean you can do more than you let on or recorded in your application form. Have a friend present with you for surport and if things do get out of order you will have a witness. Good luck and keep us posted. Ps wait a couple of week then request a copy of your report this will give you an Indecation of your award but you still have to wait for officyaward letter.
  • AngelfireAngelfire Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi BJ2018,
    I can only echo what wilco says, all the advice given is good, I urge you to follow it.

    Just one point of many regarding my assessment. My assessor stated that throughout the interview I held her gaze and was fully compliant all the way through. She neglected to write down that around half way through the assessment it had to be stopped as I burst into tears and had to be consoled by my wife. I then did my best to complete the process. The stress of these "interviews" are devastating to those with fragile mental health, but of course it cannot be seen.
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    And for goodness sake don't do what I do and put a brave face on everything, demonstrating that you have found ways around the difficulties.
  • BJ2018BJ2018 Member Posts: 29 Connected
    My disability is a physical and noticeable so fingers crossed they wont be any lies on the report
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    BJ2018 said:
    My disability is a physical and noticeable so fingers crossed they wont be any lies on the report

    As I shuffled into the assessment room, wobbling from side to side saw my report tell me that not only did the assessor give me a full test for movement (which never happened) but that I also had no issues with being able to walk 200 metres repeatedly.

  • AngelfireAngelfire Member Posts: 6 Listener
    I can only assume that the assessors are paid a bonus on how many disabled they can deny PIP to. It sticks in your craw when Atos and Capita were paid £507 million between 2013 and 2016 for their services. Take money from the chronically ill and disabled and give it to two private companies.
  • lillybellelillybelle Member Posts: 466 Pioneering
    Please remember they watch and record every movement you make. Even crossing your arms & legs.
    have all paperwork eg- identification. At hand so that you don’t need to get up.
    if you have got somebody to stay with you, let them open the door and also show the assessor out.
    dont say yes to a question if you can’t do it on a daily basis.

  • BJ2018BJ2018 Member Posts: 29 Connected
    such a relief that is over! well I hope it was enough anyway! 

    Had a lady call around 10.10am to say she was 20 mins early but if it was ok to attend earlier which I happily agreed. 

    Starting the conversation was emotional especially having to discuss in detail my conditions. 

    I didn't feel as if there was any trick Questions I was just totally honest throughout and my physical disability inst something that you wouldn't notice! 

    I just hope that I gave enough information throughout 

    She said I would find out in around 4 weeks unless their is a back log! 

  • AngelfireAngelfire Member Posts: 6 Listener
    BJ2018  I did the same, answered all the questions asked without any kind of embellishment, even though I broke down in tears half way through . When I received the verdict, because that's what it is, it basically bore little in common with the interview. To be blunt, it was full of lies. If I had to do it again, I would make sure to make the two recordings asked for if you request to record the interview. 
  • leannemichleannemich Member Posts: 41 Courageous

    BJ2018 said:
    My disability is a physical and noticeable so fingers crossed they wont be any lies on the report
    Mine is a physical disability too, there was no lies in mine and I got awarded enhanced rate both! and if you’re having a home assessment they won’t have to see you walk through any door anyway!
    good luck :) 

  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member

    BJ2018 said:
    My disability is a physical and noticeable so fingers crossed they wont be any lies on the report
    Mine is a physical disability too, there was no lies in mine and I got awarded enhanced rate both! and if you’re having a home assessment they won’t have to see you walk through any door anyway!
    good luck :) 

    They would even at home if you go to the front door to let them in!
  • BJ2018BJ2018 Member Posts: 29 Connected
    edited June 2018
    Update - Have been rewarded with Standard living and received the report 

    Q1 - Been given 2 points for Preparing food so that would mean ". Needs to use an aid or appliance to be able to either prepare or cook a simple meal. 2 points" however on the report the asser has written "Poor grip to left hand, relies on others" 
    Surely I should have been given " Needs supervision or assistance to either prepare or cook a simple meal. 4 points" 

    Q4 - Been given "Needs to use an aid or appliance to be able to wash or bathe. 2 points" however in the report she has put once in the shower her partner has to help her due to left side weakness and reaching certain body parts... I made it clear I couldn't wash properly between waist and shoulders but shes failed to mention this bit so in my eyes i should have got " Needs assistance to be able to wash their body between the shoulders and waist. 4 points"

    Q6 - Been given Needs to use an aid or appliance to be able to dress or undress. 2 points however in her report it says "she is only able to dress herself if she avoids buttons and laces other wise her partner would have to help her" so shouldnt that be Needs assistance to be able to dress or undress their upper body. 4 points

    I don't understand as I dont use AIDs or appliances I physically need my partner or family member to help me 

    What is everyone thoughts on the above 
  • beccijaybeccijay Member Posts: 31 Connected
    @BJ2018 what I would do in your situation is ask for an mandatory reconsideration and if needed point out why you think you should of been awarded more points because from what you have said the points conflict with the award 
  • BJ2018BJ2018 Member Posts: 29 Connected
    Yeah thats what I think... How can she say i need assistance from partner but then go for that i need an aid and give 2 points ?
  • Shona1Shona1 Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Keep going only way we will get anywhere is when under scoring us is to damaging to their image and pocket. Get help as often it’s how we word it. For mine simply being capable of discussing my disability and it’s effects resulted in a focus on how articulate I am and ignoring the support relied upon. I have to hand my car back and wait another two months approx for an appeal date. I have Cerebral Palsy scored 10 instead of 12 needed for the high rate mobility. 
  • john1965john1965 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Had my pip review over a year ago was warned by my peer to peer support work(who attended) I would get 0 points.
    Yes I got 0 points had bundles of evidence.
    1 year 1 month later at the tribunal I got 10 points.
    The companies for the pip test are payed to fail you the interviewer gets a bonus.
    They change what you say to suit them I was virtually called a lier.
    Never give up fight them if you believe your right.
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