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Hi, my name is PaulT101! How long will my PIP decision take?

PaulT101PaulT101 Member Posts: 4 Listener
edited November 2020 in PIP, DLA and AA
Hi people, thought I'd register to say hi and that I've just had my pip telephone assessment, went ok for the main.  I'm applying for
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Drug Dependency
I've been like this and on esa(and it's equivalent) for over 15 years now and never applied for pip until now. I will keep you all updated.  Can I ask how long I'm looking at till I get the "decision" from the "decision maker"?


  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,973

    Scope community team

    Hello and welcome to the community @PaulT101 :) It's great to have you with us. 

    Just to let you know, I've moved your post into the PIP category and renamed your discussion so that our members can find it more easily. 

    I believe that it takes about 12 weeks from when you started your claim to get a decision on average, but some can take a lot less time, or a lot longer. 
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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,119 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome 

    It is advised that a decision can take up to 8 weeks after assessment but this is just a guide . It depends on backlog and workload of the decision maker 

    You can request a copy of your report approx 1 week after the assessment and this will show recommendations from assessor and you can add up the dots to see recommended points 

    This isnt a decision though as the DM may make changes tho majority go with the report 

    Fingers crossed for you and keep us updated 
  • atlas47atlas47 Member Posts: 160 Pioneering
    Hi @PaulT101

    Give the PIP helpline a ring in a weeks time and request a copy of the assessment report.

    You will be able to see the scores awarded and calculate what you should get.

    Not sure of waiting times, but keep an eye on your bank account, as often payments for PIP, before award letter arrives.

    Keep us informed.
  • PaulT101PaulT101 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thanks very much to all who responded. Been some great advice here, which I will definitely heed, I will also let you know how things go.  

    Thanks again,
  • PaulT101PaulT101 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hello again.  I'm still awaiting the decision and have not the courage to ask for my report, my belly goes into fight or flight just thinking about it.  I have a query to ask of the well versed.  I currently take 2 medications in methadone and sertraline, something the assessor was aware of, but since my phone assessment I have also now been put on mirtazapine and I'm wondering if I should tell them? It can only help my case but what I don't want is for it to take much longer, it'll be 5 days tomorrow that I received a text from dwp stating they had received report back.  I could employ it in an MR or tribunal should I need, what say the experts round here?

    Many thanks

    Paul T.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Unless your conditions have changed in the past 3 months and you think you could score more points then you do not need to tell them your new medications because this isn't a change of circumstances. If you ring to tell them this, you risk more forms being sent because it's possible they may take it as a change of circumstances.
    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.
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