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new pip claim

Hi everyone, I am new on here and was hoping for some advice, I have been on PIP since 2016 after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and arthritis , I am on standard rate but my health has sadly got worse as I have now been diagnosed with kerataconus which affects my eye sight, my question is : if I put a new claim in for PIP what will happen to my current claim while the new one is being looked at as they have said I need to put a new claim in.

thanks everyone


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    A new diagnosis, doesn't mean you'll be awarded more PIP. Reporting a change of circumstances means more forms to fill in and another face 2 face assessment. Your current PIP award will continue to to be paid until a decision is made on the new one. If you're not successful your PIP will stop 4 weeks after the decision is made. If you're successful you'll have a new award date. You need to get further advice before reporting changes. Many people have lost everything they already have by reporting a worsening of condition. Check the PIP descriptors here.
    Evidence will also be needed to support your claim.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger
    You don't have to make a new claim.  You can tell DWP your disabilities have got worse.  This will trigger a review which might well mean another f2f assessment.  You will continue to receive your current award until after reassessment.

    However, some people have reported a deterioration only to find after reassessment that their award has been reduced, not increased!  So, think carefully.  Try to get some f2f advice from CAB or similar, or local authority welfare rights.
  • robmercuryrobmercury Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you so much , I will definitely speak with the CAB before I do anything 
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