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Help Needed With The New Pip Review Form

crantockgirl3407crantockgirl3407 Member Posts: 17 Connected
Hello everyone,

I hope you all are in very good health and general well-being. I would like some tips, and or ideas , and suggestions on appropriate wording and or sample sentences to use when filling in the new revised PIP review form which is different from the former one that was more straightforward than this current one as there were 3 tick boxes in the former which were as follows: "Easier, Harder, and No Change."

I was awarded PIP in 2017 for 3 years and I received the enhanced rates for both the daily living & mobility components. A review form was posted to me recently and I received it 3 days ago and discovered that the tick boxes were removed completely, and the small boxes in this form are barely adequate to describe problems and or issues with the different PIP descriptors.

To start a sentence which would explain or describe succinctly that nothing has change since I received my award in 2017 in the descriptors I scored points in, is the difficult task which I am facing. I am very worried, and my stress levels and anxiety have gone through the roof. I have been in a very bad way for two days now, and as it is, I suffer from very severe anxiety, PTSD, and Bipolar affective disorder.

@poppy123456 and @thespiceman or any other members of this very nice and compassionate scope online community, if you have any suggestions and or tips regarding short sample sentences to use or how to start explaining  " A No Change" situation, I would be so grateful to hear your kind tips and or suggestions.

Unfortunately in the area I live, there are no advice agencies that can help with welfare benefits matters and my local cab is struggling a lot with funding and do not offer form filling services and assistance.

Thank you very much in advance to all you amazing members of this scope online community and have a wonderful day!


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    There's no specific wording that you should use, just tell it how it is but with as much information as possible about how your conditions affect you. If you don't have enough of space then use extra sheets of paper. Make sure you put your name and NI number on each sheet you use. This link may help you.

    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.
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2020
    Hello @crantockgirl3407   Thank you for your post.

    Understand how difficult this may be.

    Please can I suggest the following mental health charities.

    Who if you apply will help you with your issues and problems.




    They have staff who can advise and support your in completing your forms  and anything else benefits including attendance at assessments.

    Can offer floating support and welfare health.

    Might not be in all areas. You can self refer or speak to the GP you are currently with.

    Would also consult them as well often might have a range of services or support to help you.

    I always go and consult before any form filled in and after.

    Please hope that helps.

    Please take care.


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  • crantockgirl3407crantockgirl3407 Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Hello again to @thespiceman [email protected], thank you very much for your prompt response to my post. I appreciate your sound and invaluable advice.

    Thank you very much for the fantastic and amazing job that you do here, and also for being there for all members of this online community. God bless you both!
  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,201 Disability Gamechanger
    @cranktocgirl3407, Hello and welcome, as poppy123456 as already stated use extra paper to give as much information as possible and evidence that supports your conditions in relation to the PIP descriptiors. Being vague with yes or no answers or about the same leaves the decision maker a big opportunity to down grade your claim with not enough supporting evidence from yourself. 
  • cristobalcristobal Member Posts: 966 Disability Gamechanger
    @crantockgirl3407 -  as others have said just use your own words...

    Maybe have a look at the PIP activities/ descriptors - they're available on line - and then frame your answers around them. That way you will be concentrating on the key things that DWP consider (and not wasting time on things that they don't!)

    Say whether you can't do something, or need help/ to use an aid...
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