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Are they doing PIP assessments at the moment?

AellaAella Member Posts: 13 Listener
edited February 27 in PIP, DLA and AA
I've asked formy PIP to be reviewed as I had a stroke recently which left me partiallyblind, so my condition has deteriorated and I think I should get the higher rate.  I sent the form off a few days ago and it asked all the questions about how my condition affects me on the form.  Will I have to have a face to face assessment for this, or are they stopped because of lockdown?  If they're stilldoing face to face they must have a massive backlog by now?


  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,250 Pioneering
    All assessments are currently done by telephone or paper based. If they decide a F2F is required the assessment will be delayed because all F2F are currently suspended.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,205 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome 

    Most assessments are done over the phone and a few paper based there are no f2f assessments currently 

    Yes there are backlogs 
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 4,213

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    edited February 27
    Hello @aello

    Sorry to hear you had a stroke recently and that it has impacted your vision, I hope you are recovering well.

    As mentioned above, face to face assessments are currently suspended and all assessments are being carried out over the phone or paper based.

    On a side note, I'm not certain if you had sight loss prior to the stroke, but have you registered your sight loss with your local authority?
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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,644 Disability Gamechanger
    Your starting point here is that your new functional needs must have existed for 3 months and likely to last 9. Very hard to judge in the immediate aftermath of a stroke so I would pause before taking any action and see how things are 2 to 3 months after. You will also get a much clearer prognosis at that point. 

    Are they doing reassessments at the moment? Well yes but they are the second lowest priority at present (with the lowest being DLA conversion cases). Priority is given to new claims and renewal claims. Supersession requests like this can wait 6 months or more to be determined quite routinely. 
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