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Pip face to face assessment suspension
Hi there, I suffer with multiple mental health conditions and tinnitus. I wont go into all my health details but Pip got my claim in Jan and my psychiatrist wrote a supporting letter to request a paper review due to the detrimental effect a face to face assessment would have on me. However they denied it and told me I had to wait for a face to face assessment. 2 months later no appointments available so my husband called. All of a sudden they told me I could have a home visit after refusing before. I was told previously that I didn't qualify. How is it that the advice changes based on who you speak to. Why didnt they tell me 2 months ago?! Anyway it's all irrelevant now as I saw there is now a suspension on face to face assessments. I was told i would now get a paper review or phone assessment. I can't use the phone because of my hearing and told them this. So hopefully I'll get a paper review as my audiology dept have given me a supporting letter. My question is what date order will they work in? They had my claim at the assessment centre in mid Jan. I have more evidence to send them but how do I do this? Knowing my luck they will get round to mine after the 3month suspension and it will start again for a home visit which already takes ages. At that point I imagine it could be nearly Sep or something! That would be awful to wait so long plus if I needed to appeal it could be years. I also heard that the appeals might be effected now due to redeployment of staff etc. I may be worrying unnesscessaily but has anyone been contacted yet? UC got my uc50 in early Jan and by 24th they had done a paper review and I got a decision early Feb. I was placed in the lcwra group for 2 years. I know it's a different benefit but it would be so good if they were all joined up someway. Apologies about my long post! Thanks
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