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Anxious about waiting time

neenthebeanneenthebean Member Posts: 13 Connected
edited February 2019 in PIP, DLA and AA
Hello. Pleased to be on here now. I have received a letter re they have enough evidence to reach a decision re whether to award me PIP. Then I had a few very rare and good days and wrote to them, saying I’d been well about a week, and clarifying some issues, which I realise could have been written better. I really hope ive not messed thinhs up. I’ve read some threads on pip, and am going to take the advice offered to someone else, on Monday, and ring them. It’s severe and enduring mental illness, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, M.E. (Thé m.e. in remission now) and hypothyroidism that I struggle with as well as being immunosuppressed due to the meds. I’m trying not to get anxious about this. Anyone know how long it may be until I hear? Especially having sent that letter just the day before receiving a DWP letter stating they have enough evidence.

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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 7,172 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @neenthebean welcome to the community! Unfortunately, there is no specific waiting time for a PIP decision. It can depend on if there is a backlog of claims in your local area. Let us know how you get on on Monday :)
    Community Champion
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • neenthebeanneenthebean Member Posts: 13 Connected
    thank you Ami2301 . I see. I didn’t realise. Thanks very much
    for getting back to me. 
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 7,172 Disability Gamechanger
    You're very welcome :) let us know if there is anything else that we can help you with
    Community Champion
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • neenthebeanneenthebean Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Thank you. Much appreciated. 
  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @neenthebean

    Good Evening & Welcome it’s great to meet you today 😇😇

    That’s great news about your initial pip decision👍👍👍

    Please please let me know if there’s anything that I can help you with??? 

    @steve51


  • neenthebeanneenthebean Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Aw, thank you, @steve51, thanks very much. I am hoping I didn’t screw the decision up, by my letter re on my much better week. We will see. I do that, when having a better day or week i tend to think I’d best say , I just hope this doesn’t backfire. I spent 25 years in 24/7 mental health care, then 3-4 years alone in community, then, after a vile attack and torture, the past two years initially being cared for by carers in lancs, where I fled to, then here, by my parents (when unwell). I’m not fit to be working yet, or even in a vol job. Soooo hoping ive not messed thé decision up. 
  • neenthebeanneenthebean Member Posts: 13 Connected
    @steve51 do you work at Scope , or are you a forum user like me? Thank you, by the way. 
  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @neenthebean

    Yes I am a “ “Community Champion” on the forum.

    Please please let me know if there’s anything that I can help/support you with???

    @steve51

  • neenthebeanneenthebean Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Ok, @steve51 thanks for clarifying. That’s cool, that you do this. Ah, it’s ok, i dont think i need help with anything yet, until and if I hear negatively from PIP - highly unlikely due to thé heaps of evidençe i have, but nothing is beyond dwp these days, so we shall see. Thank you Steve. 
  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @neenthebean

    That will be great 👍

    Yes I am just working through mine currently.

    Did you sent plenty of info with your’s.

    Just compiling mine as we speak.

    I have to do it in stages health permitting.

    @steve51
  • neenthebeanneenthebean Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Hiya @steve51 ah, i hope it works out ok for you. I didn’t send heaps of info no, as everyone told me you always get a face to face assessment, so I left the details out for the face to face assessment. I used CAB to do mine, it was just a few words really to each answer. But they must have got in touch with my various specialists, and the hospitals etc. As my evidençe is all wrapped up in the hospital stays, of late, and everything else the experts are privy to. I really hope you get CAB or a similar org to help with it, as they know best, i guess. Just be wary of not sending in every scrap of evidençe you can get your hands on, and good luck Steve! 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    They very rarely contact anyone for any evidence. The onus is always on the claimant to make sure they send it to support their claim.
    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.
  • neenthebeanneenthebean Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Oh ok poppy123456 that’s confusing. Hmmm. Ah, maybe i sent in more evidençe than I remember. My memory isn’t the best. I know I wanted to find more of the evidence letters than I could, but I guess I must have sent enough in. So sorry if I confused things. 
  • neenthebeanneenthebean Member Posts: 13 Connected
    @steve51 hi there Steve, again, I’ve just found, after some searching, the record of what I did send in : additional info on the back (about an A4 page of it), and four letters of evidençe from specialists and from hospital discharge letters. Hope that helps!! I used to send in stacks of hand-written stuff ie about how my conditions affect me. And I’d always prior had the interviews so maybe that’s the key: specialist letters and concise self-report? What do others think? I know that the budgets have been cut, cut and cut, and I know last time, despite for a year prior and ever since, not being able to use public transport, ever since the horrendous attack, they refused to give me any mobility component. So I’m holding my breath re potential outcomes. It’s nerve-wracking i know - I wouldn’t barely cope financially. All the best, Steve. Keep us updated, eh. We need to all stick together: i personally feel that we as a group are valued as of zero use to society by the government, it’s appalling. 
  • Kas854Kas854 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    edited February 2019
    I've waited before about 7-8 weeks. From start to finish. Try not to worry especially after the "Seasonal" holiday they are probably still catching up even two months on. 
  • neenthebeanneenthebean Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Thank you Kas854 I didn’t realise the hol. Thanks 
  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @neenthebean

    Many thanks for your info it’s greatly appreciated.

    Yes started to put together some info for them to go through as the more the better “Hopefully”

    I need to have it all together for the end of next week!!!!

    “Brain” going to be on “over time”

    @steve51

  • neenthebeanneenthebean Member Posts: 13 Connected
    @steve51 yes, it’s horrible isn’t it. It makes you feel sick with worry. Let us know how you get on. I think we as a group should stick together, support each other, and even fight on one another’s behalf, if we are able to. It’s a complete nightmare. I honestly hope it all goes smoothly for you. And yes, the more evidence you can send in, the better, I guess. Bless you Steve. 
  • neenthebeanneenthebean Member Posts: 13 Connected
    @steve51 I didn’t mean, btw, that anyone should fight on my behalf, but maybe we can stick together as a group within society, and if you need to talk, I’m here. 
    nina. 
  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @neenthebean

    Thank you very much!!!!!!

    Yes we all need to stick together as group!!!!!!

    Many thanks.

    @steve51
  • neenthebeanneenthebean Member Posts: 13 Connected
    @steve51 you’re very welcome, Steve. Nina. 
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