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noobautist
noobautist Member Posts: 32 Connected
Hey all, at the end of last month/start of April I made a claim for PIP, never have claimed once in my life but at age 20 I believe my condition is too hindering to live with without financial support.

I only yesterday had the following text from DWP:
"Thanks for sending us your 'How your disability affects you' form. We may need you to attend a consultation with a health professional before we make our decision. We'll contact you again if we do. Please call us if any of the details you gave us have changed."

I have also read online face to face assessments are suspended for three months, I also read on the following article here that all new claimants will not be given an award until assessed:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1275095/pip-can-i-get-pip-for-depression/amp


So my question is, am I out of pot luck for the next 3 months or can the next stage be conducted via a telephone or paper based method, sorry all I understand this is new to us all and there could be a lot of answers.

Thanks.

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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,165 Disability Gamechanger
    It could be paper based more likely atm to be done over the phone, but excluding CV19 from getting that text to assessment can take upto 2 months anyway
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • noobautist
    noobautist Member Posts: 32 Connected
    @woodbine

    So even in normal circumstances I'd be lucky to hear back before the end of May?
    Perhaps I'm a little overly-eager...
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 12,265 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @noobautist - Welcome to the community, & thank you for joining. The text you received was just the standard one they can send, which doesn't reflect the current changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. F2f assessments have certainly been suspended. As mentioned above, you'll likely have a phone assessment if the current situation continues. As things keep changing, it's difficult to advise when this might be.
    While you're waiting, just in case you haven't come across this info, please have a look at the following, which may help with your assessment. Please see: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/asset-library/Scores-for-PIP-Descriptors-2020.pdf
    Try & work out which 'descriptors' apply to you, & the points that are allocated.
    Keep in touch, please, & let us know how you're doing. :)

  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,165 Disability Gamechanger
    @woodbine

    So even in normal circumstances I'd be lucky to hear back before the end of May?
    Perhaps I'm a little overly-eager...
    It depends how busy they are in your area, I know its not easy but it will be when it will be.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • noobautist
    noobautist Member Posts: 32 Connected
    chiarieds said:
    Hi @noobautist - Welcome to the community, & thank you for joining. The text you received was just the standard one they can send, which doesn't reflect the current changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. F2f assessments have certainly been suspended. As mentioned above, you'll likely have a phone assessment if the current situation continues. As things keep changing, it's difficult to advise when this might be.
    While you're waiting, just in case you haven't come across this info, please have a look at the following, which may help with your assessment. Please see: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/asset-library/Scores-for-PIP-Descriptors-2020.pdf
    Try & work out which 'descriptors' apply to you, & the points that are allocated.
    Keep in touch, please, & let us know how you're doing. :)

    Thank you for the kind words, nice to see a little community together for similar shared interests, I'll surely check it out,
    Thanks!
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,847 Connected
    New claims will get telephone assessments unless paper is appropriate. 
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,847 Connected
    New claims will get telephone assessments unless paper is appropriate. 
  • noobautist
    noobautist Member Posts: 32 Connected
    New claims will get telephone assessments unless paper is appropriate. 
    Hey, thanks for the reply.

    So you're invalidating what the article is suggesting that new claims won't get processed during this time?

    Thanks again.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,847 Connected
    Your article says 

    “ From March 17, 2020, for three months there will be no face-to-face assessments.

    The assessment provider that is due to carry out the assessment should contact you to tell you what will happen next and instead, it will be either a paper-based one or carried out over the phone.

    If you are making a fresh claim no award will be made without an assessment.”

    Nothing there says that new claims won’t be assessed. 

    It’s normal that you don’t get an award until you’ve had either a face to face or paper assessment. During lockdown those assessments will be telephone or paper. 

    So I guess, no, I’m not contradicting your article. You claim PIP as normal and wait for a telephone or paper assessment.

  • irishman
    irishman Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Hey all, at the end of last month/start of April I made a claim for PIP, never have claimed once in my life but at age 20 I believe my condition is too hindering to live with without financial support.

    I only yesterday had the following text from DWP:
    "Thanks for sending us your 'How your disability affects you' form. We may need you to attend a consultation with a health professional before we make our decision. We'll contact you again if we do. Please call us if any of the details you gave us have changed."

    I have also read online face to face assessments are suspended for three months, I also read on the following article here that all new claimants will not be given an award until assessed:
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1275095/pip-can-i-get-pip-for-depression/amp


    So my question is, am I out of pot luck for the next 3 months or can the next stage be conducted via a telephone or paper based method, sorry all I understand this is new to us all and there could be a lot of answers.

    Thanks.



    hi,

    i live in northern ireland when i got that text - i had a meeting with an accessor literally 3 weeks later face to face. might be easier for you talking on the phone about it. just depends when this CV19 is over but im sure you will get a phone call too.. 

    make sure you let us know how you get on!

    best wishes #staysafe
  • noobautist
    noobautist Member Posts: 32 Connected
    irishman said:
    Hey all, at the end of last month/start of April I made a claim for PIP, never have claimed once in my life but at age 20 I believe my condition is too hindering to live with without financial support.

    I only yesterday had the following text from DWP:
    "Thanks for sending us your 'How your disability affects you' form. We may need you to attend a consultation with a health professional before we make our decision. We'll contact you again if we do. Please call us if any of the details you gave us have changed."

    I have also read online face to face assessments are suspended for three months, I also read on the following article here that all new claimants will not be given an award until assessed:
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1275095/pip-can-i-get-pip-for-depression/amp


    So my question is, am I out of pot luck for the next 3 months or can the next stage be conducted via a telephone or paper based method, sorry all I understand this is new to us all and there could be a lot of answers.

    Thanks.



    hi,

    i live in northern ireland when i got that text - i had a meeting with an accessor literally 3 weeks later face to face. might be easier for you talking on the phone about it. just depends when this CV19 is over but im sure you will get a phone call too.. 

    make sure you let us know how you get on!

    best wishes #staysafe
    3 weeks sounds quite optimistic compared to some of the wait times I've heard of, I wish mine is speedy too.

    Thanks for the great insight, stay safe.
  • dynasty30
    dynasty30 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
    I made a fresh claim on the 13th of January and just received a text yesterday saying to phone the number provided to arrange a telephone assessment it took 4 months nearly to get from the telephone claim to assessment mines is on Monday 11th of May,even phoning them I was nervous and the guy I got wasn’t very pleasant and I’m pretty sure he’s going to be the one to carry it out as he said earliest I have is Monday the 11th ?
  • noobautist
    noobautist Member Posts: 32 Connected
    dynasty30 said:
    I made a fresh claim on the 13th of January and just received a text yesterday saying to phone the number provided to arrange a telephone assessment it took 4 months nearly to get from the telephone claim to assessment mines is on Monday 11th of May,even phoning them I was nervous and the guy I got wasn’t very pleasant and I’m pretty sure he’s going to be the one to carry it out as he said earliest I have is Monday the 11th ?
    May I enquire what region you're in? I believe its location dependent and how busy your particular area is at the time of applying.
    I live in South Wales and everyone who I've spoke to as of yet have had considerably reduced wait times.
  • xcalibrate
    xcalibrate Member Posts: 13 Connected
    I made a fresh claim on 18th Feb. I had a paper based assessment and I received my decision letter 29th April. Just over 9 weeks from start to finish. I’m in the North West.
  • irishman
    irishman Member Posts: 13 Connected
    I live in Northern Ireland I claimed around jan got a text message around March. So I rang up to see if i could get it Earlier and I did thankfully face to face so they could see how hard it is for me to walk with this sciatica/back (I’m awaiting a back operation) plus where I had to go was literally 5 mile away from me.

    maybe it is whatever region your from. 
  • irishman
    irishman Member Posts: 13 Connected
    I made a fresh claim on 18th Feb. I had a paper based assessment and I received my decision letter 29th April. Just over 9 weeks from start to finish. I’m in the North West.
    No face to face or nothing? I had the paper thing too but had to go face to face for a meeting. 

    But thankfully I got my decision letter at the end of March so I’m happy.
  • xcalibrate
    xcalibrate Member Posts: 13 Connected
    No f2f at all. They phoned my Care Coordinator but I had no contact with them. Decision letter came 29th April and I was awarded PIP.
  • dynasty30
    dynasty30 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
    dynasty30 said:
    I made a fresh claim on the 13th of January and just received a text yesterday saying to phone the number provided to arrange a telephone assessment it took 4 months nearly to get from the telephone claim to assessment mines is on Monday 11th of May,even phoning them I was nervous and the guy I got wasn’t very pleasant and I’m pretty sure he’s going to be the one to carry it out as he said earliest I have is Monday the 11th ?
    May I enquire what region you're in? I believe its location dependent and how busy your particular area is at the time of applying.
    I live in South Wales and everyone who I've spoke to as of yet have had considerably reduced wait times.

  • dynasty30
    dynasty30 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
    hi I’m in the very far north of Scotland at the very top of the map ?
  • noobautist
    noobautist Member Posts: 32 Connected
    Hey all,
    Just a quick update I was just given a phone appointment for next monday for my phone assessment, not really feeling nervous I'm more concerned about the wait AFTER the call is conducted to know whether or not I'll get it, but all in all I think that was scheduled relatively quick.

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