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Sophiesmum2002Sophiesmum2002 Member Posts: 21 Listener
My fiance has been refused PIP even though he's dyslexic. He's had it since he was younger (he's in his 30's now like me). He was getting DLA ,but they told him to claim PIP instead and he was refused because he didn't score any points even though his dyslexia never will improve or get better.
He is thinking about trying to claim it again, but he's worried that he might not get an appointment for his assessment on one of his mum's days off work as she only has two days a week off as she's a carer.
Should my fiance still reapply for PIP in the new year?

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  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,192 Disability Gamechanger
    DLA and PIP are two different benefits, DLA was is about your disability whereas PIP is about your abilities. Your abilities to manage and how your illnesses, disability affect and impact on your daily life in relation to the PIP descriptors. So to sum it up if you can manage the PIP descriptors realable and repeatedly in a timely manner then you will not score enough point to be awarded PIP. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Starting another claim using the same evidence as before isn't the answer. Requesting a Mandatory Reconsideration then Tribunal if that fails is the best way. To constantly re-claim will more than likely see him be constantly refused.

    PIP isn't about a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activities based on the PIP descriptors.

    He has 1 month to request the MR from the date of the decision.
    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.
  • YadnadYadnad Member - under moderation Posts: 2,862 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2018
    wilko said:
    DLA and PIP are two different benefits, DLA was is about your disability whereas PIP is about your abilities. Your abilities to manage and how your illnesses, disability affect and impact on your daily life in relation to the PIP descriptors. So to sum it up if you can manage the PIP descriptors realable and repeatedly in a timely manner then you will not score enough point to be awarded PIP. 
    The only real difference between DLA and PIP are the descriptors. Both benefits are very similar but only PIP has narrow descriptors that you either fit or don't. DLA took a much more 'rounded' view of the disabilities - PIP takes a much more restrictive view.

    As for the 'reliability' factor, it is not very often that an assessor or the DWP actually consider this to any great depth - sometimes I have the feeling that both view it as being an unnecessary hurdle to get over which is best ignored - it places far too much variability to the whole process. Both the assessor and the DWP would like to see it as more black and white, cut and dried.
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