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Home Visit Today

deepatdeepat Member Posts: 6 Listener
Hi 

From ni.  Just had a home visit today and i am sure i was too positive and honest with my response to questions.  

The issues are depression and anxiety which are not diagnosed formally with my doctor but i have been in receipt of dla for nearly 10 yrs - low rate.  I am expecting a negative outcome.

When asked at the end if i had any questions, i never thought to ask of likely timescales for decisions.  Does anyone know what the waiting time is for ni?  Who do i get in touch with for a copy of the report?

Thanks for any assistance.

D xx

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @deepat

    DLA assessments can be very challenging indeed so you did really well to get through that today. If you contact DWP you can request that you would like a copy of your assessment and this will be sent to you. It is about 6-8 weeks from your assessment to the outcome.

    I hope this helps and best of luck!
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  • deepatdeepat Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thanks Chloe it helps.  I felt drained by the end and was getting fed up with the whole thing.  I ended up giving short answers - this will be to my detriment.  Ah well!!
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    No problem at all @deepat
    I can imagine it is a very tiring process, maybe take some time this evening to relax and give yourself some down time?
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  • deepatdeepat Member Posts: 6 Listener
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You don't need a diagnosis for PIP, it's about how your conditions affect you daily. Did you send evidence to support your claim? They rarely contact anyone for this and the onus is on you to make sure it's sent.
    There's no timescales for decisions, it depends on the backlog in your area. Some wait 2 weeks, others wait as long as 8 weeks. Good luck.
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  • deepatdeepat Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thanks Poppy.  No evidence apart from records from my dla application which was 10 yrs ago.

    If im lacking points i will take it to the next stage.  I need 12 right?  How many potential points per section.....can anyone shed some light on this.  There were 12 questions on the form requiring written answers......
  • deepatdeepat Member Posts: 6 Listener
    For anyone else that has a f2f coming up please bear in mind that you answer the questions wth information about your bad days.   :s
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Evidence would have been needed as well as your DLA file because this file was over 10 years old. It would have helped to send more recent evidence to back this up.

    You need at least 8 points for standard award and there's 2 parts to PIP, daily living and mobility. points are added together separately for each of the parts.

    Complete this PIP self test to see what you could score. It's only a guide to keep that in mind also.



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  • deepatdeepat Member Posts: 6 Listener
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    deepat said:
    For anyone else that has a f2f coming up please bear in mind that you answer the questions wth information about your bad days.  
    That is dangerous advice.

    To only talk about the bad days will lead both the assessor and the DWP into believing that every day is the worst day. Prosecutions have happened to people for benefit fraud for doing exactly what you suggest.
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    Evidence would have been needed as well as your DLA file because this file was over 10 years old. It would have helped to send more recent evidence to back this up.
    Many people like myself, do not have any evidence to send. I had to ask my GP for a report which was against the DWP rules.

    I do sometimes wonder how some people manage to have files of evidence ready and waiting to be sent in.

    At best all I had were a few appointment letters that had not been thrown away for the various hospital clinics plus a couple of old repeat prescription sheets before my medication was changed and increased. I would imagine that there are many like me in the same boat. 

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes Yadnad, so you keep saying.....
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @deepat thank you for continuing to talk to us about this. I hope things are a little clearer and that we are able to continue supporting you. @poppy123456
    has attached a very helpful tool, like she said, it is only a guide.

    I hope you have a lovely day :)
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