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Filling out the PIP form

Rubkin Member Posts: 4 Listener
edited August 2018 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hi to all I,m a new member, and I have just received the new pip papers and feel very nervous about filling it out, when I do get to it if I have any problems can I ask for any help I may need. Thk you.


  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,557 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Rubkin and a warm welcome to the community! Filling out PIP papers can be tricky but you have lots of people who have gone through it. You may find the PIP section of the Scope website useful. There is also advice on the Citizen Advice website. I am sure the community will be able to help as well :)
    If you need anything else then please do not hesitate to ask!

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,395 Disability Gamechanger
    Is this a transfer from DLA? or a PIP review? Either way getting some help from your local CAB or a similar disability advice centre maybe a good place to start. Don't forget to send your evidence with the form, they very rarely contact anyone for this. Good luck.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,845 Connected

    1 - Identify those activities you have any kind of issue with.

    2 - Identify whether the issue is that you can’t do the activity at all; can’t do it reliably, can’t do it repeatedly; can’t do it safely or in a reasonable time. If any one of these apply to an activity then you can’t do it at all and it’s okay to say so. However, as well as ticking the box saying you either can’t do it all need help or aids, remember to say which one(s) of the above apply.

    3 - have a copy of the PIP points scoring system in front of you. The questions in the form don’t match the points scoring so it’s as well to be aware of this.

    4 - For every activity you think you score points you need to think of 2 or 3 recent examples of incidents when you tried to do that activity. Describe in detail the what, when, where, who witnessed, what happened next etc. Don’t skimp on detail. It’s often better to type it up in Word first rather than write in the form. If it won’t fit then add extra sheets, remembering to put your name, NINO and the question to which the answer relates on each sheet. Alternatively, reduce the font and cut and paste the Word answer into the form.

    5 - Use the extra information section to describe your conditions  in detail; the specifics of the symptoms and especially how they interact. 

    Also use it to spell out that you want an ongoing award and explain why e.g. your condition is degenerative, you’ve done all the adapting you’re going to do etc. If you don’t specifically ask for an ongoing award you will get a short one. 

    6 - Assuming your diagnoses are not in question and ditto the prognosis then ask yourself what gap in your evidence does medical evidence fill in terms of points scoring? If you can’t answer that then consider not sending it in. 10 reports all saying the same thing are no better than 1. Volume doesn’t win you PIP. Clarity and focus does.

    7 - Whilst PIP ask for the form back in 4 weeks they will grant a 2 week extension without question if you ask. However, there is no actual deadline for deadline in the legislation as the deadline can be extended if reasonable and what could be more reasonable than having a medical condition which slows you down. Ask for an extension as a reasonable adjustment under EA 10 if applicable. 

    8 - By all means get an advice service to do this but if they don’t do most of the above then you’re better off doing it yourself. 

  • thara
    thara Posts: 49 Connected
    Hi there!! I hope these tips help you: 

    Get help with answering the questions on the form. Read the questions carefully before answering any questions. Describe your disability candidly to them. Include examples. Use any space on the form to tell them what you cannot do independently as well. Make sure that you send in any required evidence with the paperwork. Photocopy the form just in case. Find a guide online and use it to help you answer the questions properly. At all times ensure that you have provided enough information. 
  • elizadotty
    elizadotty Member Posts: 1 Listener
    Hi, I'm also a new member too. Thank you for your information it was really helpful. I still have a dilemma, I received my form last week to complete, then 3 days later I received a letter saying nothing changed and it had attached the points box. Feeling really confused, do I go to this interview.  I wondered if this had happened to anyone else.


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