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Phoning DWP on details change for PIP application?

PIPnewbiePIPnewbie Member Posts: 268 Pioneering
As some of you know, my girlfriend's face to face report got sent back to the DWP yesterday, and we're going to ring at 9am to request a copy.

However, a week today my girlfriend has an appointment with her pain specialist who stated last time she saw her that she was very likely going to diagnose my girlfriend with Fibromyalgia on that next appointment. 

Should she receive that diagnosis in person, should we then immediately phone the DWP, regardless of what the report copy says, and inform them?  Is there the potential it could hurt her claim?

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  • janekim96Pjanekim96P Member Posts: 44 Courageous
    I think you should let them know asap it may help her claim if anything but I'm no expert but good luck hope all goes well 😊
  • PIPnewbiePIPnewbie Member Posts: 268 Pioneering
    I think you should let them know asap it may help her claim if anything but I'm no expert but good luck hope all goes well 😊
    Thanks Janekim.

    I guess we will see what the report says.  If it's already looking like a good decision we are happy with, we'll just leave it be.  But if it's bad, we'll probably call up immediately after if and when she is diagnosed.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,
    Ringing the DWP to report this will be classed as a change of circumstances and more forms will be sent to your girlfriend. A diagnosis, makes no difference for PIP because it's not about a diagnosis but about how your conditions affect you daily. As she's just had her face 2 face assessment then there's no need to ring to report this. It's the same as ringing them to report different medication, it's a change of circumstances so more forms will be sent. You really do have to be careful when reporting a change of circumstances.

    I know you're both really nervous and worried about the assessment report and what the decision is likely to be and that's totally understandable but there's nothing more you can do until a decision is made. They open at 8am also, so ringing at that time maybe better. Good luck.
    Community champion and 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.
  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,284 Disability Gamechanger
    Poppy poppy is right, PIP is about how your disability impacts on your abilities to live and manage your daily life,as long as you can or cannot meet the descriptors in the PIP acessment is all the accessor is interested in. Of course they have back ground knowledge of how certain disabilities can and do effect people’s abilities. Request your acessment report and see how have done before receiving the award notification letter.
  • PIPnewbiePIPnewbie Member Posts: 268 Pioneering
    Hi,
    Ringing the DWP to report this will be classed as a change of circumstances and more forms will be sent to your girlfriend. A diagnosis, makes no difference for PIP because it's not about a diagnosis but about how your conditions affect you daily. As she's just had her face 2 face assessment then there's no need to ring to report this. It's the same as ringing them to report different medication, it's a change of circumstances so more forms will be sent. You really do have to be careful when reporting a change of circumstances.

    I know you're both really nervous and worried about the assessment report and what the decision is likely to be and that's totally understandable but there's nothing more you can do until a decision is made. They open at 8am also, so ringing at that time maybe better. Good luck.

    Thanks for the reply Poppy and Wilko.

    She just called up for it and at first the guy on the phone said they hadn’t received the report yet, but then said oh wait we received it on the 25th...

    Which was the DAY after her consultation.  That is a FAST report there.

    i don’t know, that seems to me her claim’s gone very bad or very good.  Probably the former 😢
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 2018
    It really means absolutely nothing that the report was returned so quick. As i said some are and some aren't. My PIP review i had my assessment on the Monday, 4 days later i had a call from the decision maker with 1 question, which i answered. He then said thank you, you'll receive a decision letter within the next 7 days. 24 hours later i rang and a decision was made..Standard daily living with mobility increased from standard to enhanced. Assessment to decision within 5 days, so please try not to worry because it means nothing. Good luck.
    Community champion and 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.
  • chizchiz Member Posts: 59 Courageous
    @poppy123456 your advise is spot on ! 
    I look for your answers to alot of the questions most days .. 
    Thankyou from me for all your support 
    Ellen x 
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