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Finally had my PiP assessment this morning!

rubin16rubin16 Member Posts: 97 Pioneering
edited June 29 in PIP, DLA and AA
Hi,

I finally had my telephone assessment this morning after applying in November 2020. The call lasted just under an hour and went into deph about what I do, how I do them and how I mange certain things. The assessor was quite nice and knowledgeable and had clearly read up about me beforehand as she was mainly clarifying what she has read up and confirming them and asking more details. After she was done she said she will type up the report and send to DWP and a decision is made normally within 6 weeks.

How likely it is to wait 6 weeks for a decision, is it longer normally or sooner?

Thanks.

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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 4,131

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    Thanks for the update @rubinheath16, I'm glad things seemed to go well. 

    Fingers crossed for a positive outcome, I wouldn't ' like to advise on the amount of time it might be because it appears to be quite unpredictable at the moment, but hopefully it won't bee long for you.

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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,199 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi glad that after the long wait you have had your assessment 

    They normally say around 8 to 10 weeks for a decision but there are no fixed timescales and currently there seems to be long delays but some have been lucky with quick decisions 

    Let us know the outcome 
  • hughiemachrinshughiemachrins Member Posts: 37 Connected
    I have just had mine and it seemed to go OK. The guy said it's not his decision but he thinks I should get it and if I was turned down, I should definitely appeal. The waiting begins!
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,160 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you for telling us about your assessment @rubinheath16 - the assessor sounds good; I think it gives you that bit of confidence when it's apparent they've read your evidence.
    Pleased your assessment also went well @hughiemachrins . Here's hoping you both get the correct outcome. :)
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,615 Disability Gamechanger
    I have just had mine and it seemed to go OK. The guy said it's not his decision but he thinks I should get it and if I was turned down, I should definitely appeal. The waiting begins!
    I really hate HCPs who do this. They are there to gather information; weigh it and make a recommendation. Most often what they tell you doesn't even reflect their recommendation i.e. I've lost count of the number of HCPs who give it the old "if it were up to me" but who have actually written a report which says "recommend nil award". In saying anything at all they have exceeded both their power and their knowledge. It is worth a complaint in itself before a decision is made. 

    Any refusal cannot be appealed. You must first do a mandatory reconsideration. 
  • charlotte84charlotte84 Member Posts: 49 Connected
    @mikehughescq is that really what they say “recommended nil award” if that’s what they think. 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,615 Disability Gamechanger
    No, I was paraphrasing but that’s the gist.
  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,355 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello to all those who have had their PIP assessment. Now you can request a copy of your assessment report and on receiving it you can work out what your award may should be but you still have to wait for the award notification letter. By reading the report you can if required start to prepare evidence and new information to support your original claim for PIP. Not requesting your report and then waiting for the official notification letter only leaves a month to lodge your MR if required but having your report you’ll have several months to prepare your MR and time to contact Health professionals if needed to get you medical reports ect.
  • hughiemachrinshughiemachrins Member Posts: 37 Connected
    How soon can I ask for a copy? Should I wait a week or so? 
  • hughiemachrinshughiemachrins Member Posts: 37 Connected
    I have just had mine and it seemed to go OK. The guy said it's not his decision but he thinks I should get it and if I was turned down, I should definitely appeal. The waiting begins!
    I really hate HCPs who do this. They are there to gather information; weigh it and make a recommendation. Most often what they tell you doesn't even reflect their recommendation i.e. I've lost count of the number of HCPs who give it the old "if it were up to me" but who have actually written a report which says "recommend nil award". In saying anything at all they have exceeded both their power and their knowledge. It is worth a complaint in itself before a decision is made. 

    Any refusal cannot be appealed. You must first do a mandatory reconsideration. 
    Turns out you were right @mikehughescq! Got my report today and despite the assessor telling my I should get it and to ask for an MR if I didn't, he has given me 6 points for DL and 0 for mobility!
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,615 Disability Gamechanger
    wilko said:
    Hello to all those who have had their PIP assessment. Now you can request a copy of your assessment report and on receiving it you can work out what your award may should be but you still have to wait for the award notification letter. By reading the report you can if required start to prepare evidence and new information to support your original claim for PIP. Not requesting your report and then waiting for the official notification letter only leaves a month to lodge your MR if required but having your report you’ll have several months to prepare your MR and time to contact Health professionals if needed to get you medical reports ect.
    Say what? An MR does not require new info (although it can be helpful) and the form takes about 15 minutes to complete at best. Requesting the report is a recipe for anxiety in most instances and requesting it makes no difference to any deadlines at all. The brick wall limit for an MR is 13 months. 
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