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Has the Covid situation, helped or hindered the PIP assessments?...and LCWRA'S?...

BendyHedge
BendyHedge Member Posts: 15 Listener
edited September 2020 in PIP, DLA, and AA
I'll try and explain what i'm getting at!

With the limited contact  ect  !...Are these teams more able to make harsher judgements....with the knowledge that a tribunal(after the mandatory) process would be a much harder or cumbersome thing to do?....Without splitting hairs...im trying to work out ,if its easier to get an unwanted negative stance towards claims...due to the covid and social distancing.....


I can see that a face to face or being called in(if you have problems walking etc) this is a massive bonus...so im trying to work out ,if there are any pros and cons to all this., 

Comments

  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,172 Disability Gamechanger
    I can give you one example from my PIP assessment a comment by the HCP stating that I use a walking stick and that "it appeared to be well worn" not something they could see during a telephone assessments. Some people will tell you that the lack of f2f assessments favours the claimant, I'm not too sure about that.
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,183 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi I would say that with the better success rates for MR and tribunals recently the covid has had a positive affect for claims 


    As for the assessments I'm not too sure 
  • jinnty
    jinnty Member Posts: 52 Courageous
    Hello, I’m sorry to be so ignorant, but can someone please explain what the letters mean, eg, lcwra, and others? I am confused with the terms, I know pip and esa, but other than that I don’t know. Thank you for taking the time to reply if you can. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,482 Disability Gamechanger
    jinnty said:
    Hello, I’m sorry to be so ignorant, but can someone please explain what the letters mean, eg, lcwra, and others? I am confused with the terms, I know pip and esa, but other than that I don’t know. Thank you for taking the time to reply if you can. 

    LCW or Limited capability for work is the same as WRAG for ESA. LCWRA or limited capability for work related activity is the same as Support Group for ESA.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,847 Connected
    Absolutely no doubt that telephone assessments and hearings have been overwhelmingly more favourable to claimants. It’s now abundantly clear that there was never a massive advantage in face to face and the removal of some of the judgements which can only be made face to face has been incredibly helpful in most cases. 

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