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PIP..assessments

roxy14roxy14 Member Posts: 5 Listener
edited March 2019 in PIP, DLA and AA
Hello first post.. Has anybody not  had to attend an PIP assessment ever..

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  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @roxy14
    Unless you have a terminal illness you’ll usually have to have an assessment to complete your Personal Independence Payment (PIP) application. It would be unusual to not having an assessment.
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    Scope
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  • roxy14roxy14 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thanks for reply,I just wondered, Currently waiting for the dreaded PIP form..
  • UnunpentiumUnunpentium Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Hi @roxy14 I have had 2 pip assessments. The first was in an assessment centre, and the second in my house.

    I would recommend keeping a copy of your completed pip forms so you can refer back to them in your assessment as prompts. You will be asked lots of questions about how you manage with your health conditions and what you can and can't do. There's usually a very short physical assessment too where you may be asked to reach up, bend down and things like that. If it causes pain or you can't do it then you can say so. 
    Sarah - Online Community Volunteer
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    When filling out the forms you should make sure that you put as much information as possible about how your conditions affect you. Adding 2-3 examples of what happened the last time you attempted that activity for each descriptor that applies to you. There's very limited space on the form so i'd advise using extra paper. Make sure you add your name and NI number to everything you send.

    You'll need to make sure you send evidence with the form to support your claim because they very rarely contact anyone for this. The onus is on you to make sure it's sent.

    Expect a face to face assessment because most people have them. If a home assessment is needed you'll need a letter off your GP stating the reasons why, even then it's not guaranteed that you'll have a home assessment.

    Waiting times very depending on backlog in your area and it can be several months before a decision's made. Good luck.
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  • roxy14roxy14 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thanks for that, yes that's a good idea..
  • roxy14roxy14 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    edited March 2019
    I thought about getting my medical records from my GP (£50) and send them too.. So the DLA just continues then while you wait I do have a lifetime award.. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    DLA will continue, providing the PIP forms are returned on time. If you don't have enough time to return them then you can and ask for a 14 day extension.

    No need to pay £50 for your medical records from your GP. It's free to have digital copies of these. If you want paper copies then of course there will be a charge for this.
    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.
  • roxy14roxy14 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Really, so if I ask my GP for digital copies and then just print them off?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes absolutely, there's no charge for this.
    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.
  • mercedesbdmercedesbd Member Posts: 109 Courageous
    DLA will continue, providing the PIP forms are returned on time. If you don't have enough time to return them then you can and ask for a 14 day extension.

    No need to pay £50 for your medical records from your GP. It's free to have digital copies of these. If you want paper copies then of course there will be a charge for this.
    Hi sorry to bother but how do you get digital copies? My GP’s are reluctant to give anything out and it’s up to 40 days wait for paper copy that’s only £10 or £20 not the money but digital sounds better
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2019
    They absolutely can not charge you to receive your medical records, unless you want paper copies and then it's different. You can request then through a SAR. See link. https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/fees/medical-records

    They can and do still charge for a letter but that's different.

    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.
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