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Finally had pip phone assessment!!!!

RoxyC
RoxyC Member Posts: 40 Connected
edited September 29 in PIP, DLA, and AA
So after what felt like FOREVER.... finally had pip assessment. So my mum is my appointee due to severe hearing loss and it having to be a phone assessment. It went well and the assessor seemed pleasant enough. Now to just wait to see if the report reflects what was discussed. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I'd be happy to just receive enough to cover the costs of my medication. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

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  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Member Posts: 765 Pioneering
    Hi @RoxyC Fingers crossed. Good luck.
  • Justcheckingin15
    Justcheckingin15 Member Posts: 184 Pioneering
    Good Luck @RoxyC.. Do Let us know the outcome.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 5,996

    Scope community team

    Best of luck @RoxyC :) 
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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 10,531 Disability Gamechanger
    Hoping all goes well @RoxyC :)
  • wilko
    wilko Member Posts: 2,413 Disability Gamechanger
    @RoxyC, hello and welcome, now that you have had your PIP assessment you can relax, wait a week or so then phone DWP and 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 DWP official award notification letter. By having the report and see what your PIP award may be and if may reveal unexpected comments about your abilities ect. Try to ignore these comments and focus on what the  HP has scored you reference the PIP descriptors. If you have been awarded less than what you think or feel was a wrong decision then when the official award notification letter arrives you can request an mandatory reconsideration. Where your claim is looked at again by another decision maker. If you think you will want or need to submit an MR you now have time on your side to collect more information and evidence to support your MR and hopefully get the right PIP award.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,781 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 29
    wilko said:
     Try to ignore these comments and focus on what the  HP has scored you reference the PIP descriptors. If you have been awarded less than what you think or feel was a wrong decision then when the official award notification letter arrives you can request an mandatory reconsideration
    The HCP doesn't score anyone any points, only a decision maker can do this. The HCP makes recommendations only. Although the decision maker mostly goes with the report but not always.
  • RoxyC
    RoxyC Member Posts: 40 Connected
    @wilko

    I have resigned myself to the fact that MR would be the next step anyway. Only 4 out of 10 applications are currently successful so I've been preparing for an MR since I applied back in February. 🤦🏼‍♀️ thanx for your advice 
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,474 Disability Gamechanger
    Are you sure your Mum is your appointee? An appointee is appointed when a person is not mentally capable of handling their own benefit affairs. It should not be used for claimants with physical disabilities or sensory loss. 
  • RoxyC
    RoxyC Member Posts: 40 Connected
    Are you assuming that I dont suffer from ill mental health? 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 5,996

    Scope community team

    edited September 30
    Hi @RoxyC :) I don't think that mikehughescq was trying to make an assumption about your mental health, just referencing that you'd said the following in your original post.
    So my mum is my appointee due to severe hearing loss
    As the gov.uk page says:
    You can apply for the right to deal with the benefits of someone who cannot manage their own affairs because they’re mentally incapable or severely disabled.

    Does that make sense?

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  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,474 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 30
    Yup, that's exactly it @Tori_Scope @RoxyC.

    I am reading what you have posted and not assuming anything. 

    DWP have a long and inglorious history with inappropriate appointeeships and its best dealt with head on as so many things can go badly wrong in too many circumstances to leave the matter unaddressed. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,781 Disability Gamechanger

    DWP have a long and inglorious history with inappropriate appointeeships and its best dealt with head on as so many things can go badly wrong in too many circumstances to leave the matter unaddressed. 

    I'll totally agree with that. When i became my daughters appointee i thought i would have had to prove that she wasn't capable of managing her own PIP claim. Someone came to the house to fill out the form, they spoke to my daughter just to "say hello" and nothing else. They didn't even ask her if she agrees for me to be her appointee.
    She does have a learning disability and ASD, can't even count the money in her purse and has very little understanding of a lot of other things in life and most definitely wouldn't be capable of managing her own benefit claims so having an appointee is a must for her.
    I can quite understand how some people may abuse this system and for this reason DWP should be checking why a person may need an appointee.

  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,474 Disability Gamechanger
    DWP organisationally have abused it. I was once involved in helping part of my organisation to consider next actions when DWP realised they had granted more than 500 service users an appointee where the issue was physical only. DWP answer of course is to remove. However, back in the days when safeguarding for DWP meant no more than making sure your visiting officers didn't die on a home visit, they would just want to remove the appointeeships without any consideration as to what happens next. 

    Those 500 were of course the tip of a much larger iceberg. Even as they were reviewing them there were visitors granting appointeeship to people because the claimant couldn't physically go cash their money, which is no basis for appointeeship at all. Inevitably still goes on. 
  • Shelly68
    Shelly68 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Hi I've only just applied for PIP. Presume it's taking a long time 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,781 Disability Gamechanger
    Shelly68 said:
    Hi I've only just applied for PIP. Presume it's taking a long time 

    Hi,
    The timescale is about 10 months from applying to having a decision because backlogs are huge. If it's less than this you're one of the lucky ones.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,781 Disability Gamechanger

    Those 500 were of course the tip of a much larger iceberg. Even as they were reviewing them there were visitors granting appointeeship to people because the claimant couldn't physically go cash their money, which is no basis for appointeeship at all. Inevitably still goes on. 

    Wow that's shocking!
  • Shelly68
    Shelly68 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Wow thanks for that. Had a feeling it would be a long time. They never hurry.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,781 Disability Gamechanger
    Shelly68 said:
    Wow thanks for that. Had a feeling it would be a long time. They never hurry.

    Well to be fair, we are in the middle of a pandemic. Things may seem like they are starting to return to normal but it's far from normal. DWP and the health assessment providers continue to work from home and have done since the pandemic started. Many thousands of people are claiming PIP so backlogs do happen, even in normal times.
  • Shelly68
    Shelly68 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    I've put in a claim for PIP. Due an op on my knee in 3 weeks again. The scary thing is I don't think I'll be able to come back to my job due to the problems I keep having. I'm just waiting now
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,781 Disability Gamechanger
    PIP isn't about your ability to work, people claim PIP and work. Part of the criteria for PIP is that you must expect to have the conditions for at least 9 months. Having an operation on your knee may go against you because they wouldn't usually do the op unless they expect an improvement in your condition.

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