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Tips on pip assessment

sbrown144 Member Posts: 4 Listener
Hi all. I got my pip assessment in two weeks I have deformed both hips and knee as well as scoliosis. I walk slow with a crutch. I currently have high rate dla mobility since 1992. What tips you give me for assessment? I'm worried as I have motability car I realy on it so much.  What should expect what sort of questions ect? How should prepare for it as I wanna get correct descion first time.


  • April2018mom
    April2018mom Posts: 2,872 Connected
    Be confident. Prepare well for the assessment. Always request a copy of the report afterwards too. 
  • wilko
    wilko Member Posts: 2,457 Disability Gamechanger
    edited June 2019

    Hello and welcome, Firstly filling in the application form giving as much detail how the applicants illnesses, disability affect their daily lives in relation to the PIP descriptors. Suppling up to date medical and supportive evidence that will comfirm you abilities to or not meet the PIP descriptors. Keep copies of any information documents reports evidence you send to DWP as sometimes they get lost or mislaid. On or at your assessment if you need or use aids use them don’t just give yes or no answers let the acessor re ask the questions to allow you to answer describing why you can or cannot do the descriptors being asked, in reference to the physical examination do not to do any movements that cause you pain discomfort or aggregate your condition. Be aware of the memory games they play being able to remember things from your past will indicate to the acessor your mental state even though your just talking about things which have nothing to do with the current part of the acessment. Be aware there are CCVTs outside and in and around the the assessment center, the accessor knows the distances from the nearest car parks, bus stop waiting rooms to their assessment office so if you can walk from the bus stop or car park or easily from the waiting room to the office these distances will be noted and recorded. And lastly having had your Face to a Face assessment  about a week afterwards ring DWP and request a copy of your acessment report which takes about 14 days to arrive one requested. On receiving it you can and should be able to work out what your award may, should be as the decision makers at DWP usually go with the assessment report, but you still have to wait for the official award letter notification. If it’s not what you expect then having the report early has given you time to prepare statements ready for submission for an MR which has to be made with 30 days of receiving  the award letter can be done by phone but best followed up by a postal request. Hope this is helpful other will have their own views from attending assessments like myself.

  • sbrown144
    sbrown144 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Good tips thank you I wrote 5500 words on form so will have plenty to talk about
  • cristobal
    cristobal Member Posts: 984 Disability Gamechanger
    @sbrown144 - possibly too late now but sometimes 'less is more' ....

    5500 words is a lot in response to 12 questions....

  • sbrown144
    sbrown144 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Yeah I did read don't put too much because the assesor don't have time to read but I think that work in your favour if you need to appeal as they will miss stuff. I know people who gone through the process and won on that grounds
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 31,467 Disability Gamechanger

    Sorry but i can't see the logic in that. The whole point to start with is to try to get an award without having to go down the appeal route.

    I can't begin to imagine how many A4 pages 5500 words is but it probably looks like a book. What you should do is be as straight to the point as possible because you want them to read it. If you were refused and it did get to Tribunal even HMCTS would struggle to read through all those pages. Less is often more.

  • sbrown144
    sbrown144 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Yeah true ideally you want get right decision without appeal but more often that don't happen if they don't time to read it then there grounds for appeal. If it's meant be brief they would say answer within 300 word or leas


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