Can the appointee attend face to face PIP assessment without the claimant?
I have been accepted by the DWP as the appointee for a young person for whom I am claiming PIP. She has autism, severe anxiety associated with new people, places, professionals, cameras, etc., as stated on the application form. DWP (ATOS - IAS) have 'invited' myself to a face to face assessment, stating that I must bring her with me. Given the above, it would clearly be a negative experience for her (in terms of her mental health and well being) to the extent that it would be inappropriate for me to ask her to attend.
I note in the DWP paperwork states (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-independence-payment-assessment-guide-for-assessment-providers/pip-assessment-guide-part-1-the-assessment-process#paper-based-reviews)
"1.15.17 Where a claimant has an appointee, this will be flagged in the initial referral to the AP. Where an appointee has been nominated to represent the claimant, the claimant must not be instructed to attend a face-to-face consultation by the AP. This is because they have been deemed incapable of engaging directly with the DWP or its contracted APs. Instead, and only if a face-to-face consultation is deemed necessary, the AP must send the invite to the appointee only."
Am I correct in believing that ATOS - IAS should not have invited her, and that I am within my rights to attend the appointment without her?
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