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Just had my PIP assessment

steveo928 Member Posts: 16 Connected
edited October 7 in PIP, DLA, and AA

I applied for PIP in June and just had my telephone assessment. The assessor was pleasant enough but I was so nervous and I really don’t think I explained my difficulties that well. She seemed to think I was explaining well but I just felt I missed loads out due to nerves.  

At the end of the call she said that she’ll do the report and send it off to the DWP today and not to worry, it’ll take about 8 weeks to hear back but any money will be backdated. 

She did ask about my school years and exams. I explained that I was always distracted in class and deemed “the naughty kid” but had no support from them due to my lack of concentration etc. The assessor said that times have changed now and they’re more supportive compared to when I was school age (about 15 years ago.) 

I just felt the school question really random. Did your assessor ask you this? Or anything else random? 


  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,836 Pioneering
    I believe it’s just to understand your background. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,910 Disability Gamechanger
    The school question is often asked and not random at all. It can tell them a lot of things about how your conditions affect you, which is what the assessment is for. It's impossible to speculate anything at this stage.
    Decision waiting times are between 2-12 weeks depending on backlog in your area.
  • lillybelle
    lillybelle Member Posts: 571 Pioneering
    With my first Pip award when I had an assessor come to my home she asked about my qualifications and if I had an further education, college or uni.
    I suffer from epilepsy not illiteracy. Plus that was about 30 years ago I’m not uneducated and told her that I had o levels..
    she did write this in the report.
    I was awarded high mobility but only 6 points daily living. Managed to gain the other 2 points at MR stage.

  • danielleD
    danielleD Member Posts: 11 Connected
    I tried to discuss elements of my background and she quickly stopped me and said she didn't need to know about anyhing "historic" but that's where I felt comfortable starting but the assessor wouldn't let me I found it frustrating 


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