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

BendyHedgeBendyHedge 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., 

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  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,735 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.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,145 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 
  • jinntyjinnty Member Posts: 23 Connected
    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. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 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.
    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.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,962 Disability Gamechanger
    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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