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Is it a good thing that I am having a paper assessment?

Butterfliess
Butterfliess Member Posts: 38 Listener
edited January 13 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hey,

I sent my reassessment forms back August, on Thursday I had a call
from a nurse at DWP, she said she needed to ask me a few questions but it was not an assessment. I was taken by complete surprise as it was not expected. She informed me that I was going to be assessed by my paper form sent back and I guess the few questions she asked me. I then received a text today saying that DWP have received my report and would write to be when they had made a decision. 
Is this a good thing that they are going of my paper form? It’s never happened before I always have a F2F. 
I’m really worried loosing pip will result in me loosing my ESA ect.

many thanks,

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  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 8,234 Disability Gamechanger
    It’s neither good nor bad. APs do paper assessments if they think an oral assessment would be bad for your health and if they think they have enough on paper to do an assessment without further troubling you. 
  • Butterfliess
    Butterfliess Member Posts: 38 Listener
    @mikehughescq

    Gather I just wait and see now, thank you. ☺️
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,716

    Scope community team

    I wish you the best of luck for the outcome @Butterfliess,  let us know how you get on :) 
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  • Butterfliess
    Butterfliess Member Posts: 38 Listener
    Thank you @Ross_Scope

    is anyone able to tell me if the outcome of pip is going to affect my ESA claim and potentially bring on an assessment? This worries me greatly.

  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,765 Disability Gamechanger
    Butterfliess said: is anyone able to tell me if the outcome of pip is going to affect my ESA claim and potentially bring on an assessment?
    It will not.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Butterfliess
    Butterfliess Member Posts: 38 Listener
    @calcotti
    Thank you for answering really appreciate it. ☺️
  • Libby_Scope
    Libby_Scope Posts: 662

    Scope community team

    I'm glad @calcotti could answer your query @Butterfliess :) do you have any other questions that we might be able to help with today?
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  • Butterfliess
    Butterfliess Member Posts: 38 Listener
    @Libby_Scope

    No, as always you have all been great thank you so much ☺️
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,765 Disability Gamechanger
    calcotti said: It will not.
    The answer I gave this morning should have been a bit more forthcoming. I should probably have said “In general it will not, occasionally DWP may use the decision on one to affect the other but this is not usual or common”.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Butterfliess
    Butterfliess Member Posts: 38 Listener
    @calcotti

    oh, ok I see would I still require a reassessment of ESA if that was to be the case? Or would my assessment of pip be used for ESA? Im so worried I may loose pip this time which of course could result in me loosing my ESA.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,765 Disability Gamechanger
    Butterfliess said: oh, ok I see would I still require a reassessment of ESA if that was to be the case? Or would my assessment of pip be used for ESA? Im so worried I may loose pip this time which of course could result in me loosing my ESA.
    You really shouldn't worry about it. That's why I get my initial response so brief but yesterday evening I thought it should acknowledge that it does sometimes happen. However it is rare so don't worry about it.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,570 Disability Gamechanger
    Sometimes being refused PIP can affect other benefits. For example if you claim Severe disability premium in your ESA or if you have non dependants living with you and you claim housing benefit/housing element of UC.
  • Butterfliess
    Butterfliess Member Posts: 38 Listener
    @poppy123456

    I Live with my partner who works, we have a join claim on UC to which we do get the housing element. Does that mean if I loose pip we will loose that?
    I do not receive the severe disability premium in my ESA. I was previously told in the past that PIP was separate to any of my other benefits but I know things change and I am now increasingly worried that loosing pip is going to obviously cause a lot of trouble for me.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,570 Disability Gamechanger
    Your ESA will be New Style ESA so the disability premiums are not payable on this or UC. PIP and other benefits are separate but there are some benefits that are linked, like non dependant deductions. Also there would be the carers element of UC if your partner claims that for looking after you because you need to in receipt of daily living PIP for this.
  • Butterfliess
    Butterfliess Member Posts: 38 Listener
    @poppy123456
    ahh I see, we do not claim any carers elements ect and we have no non dependent living with us, it’s just my partner and I.

    Thank you for your help, I find the
    system hard to get my head around and confusing at times 😂
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,570 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 14
    Yes, it's very confusing. If you're currently in receiving daily living PIP and your partner looks after you for at least 35 hours per week then can claim the carers element for looking after you. They don't need to claim Carers Allowance to be able to claim this and there's no earnings limit like there is with Carers Allowance.
    It will increase your maximum UC entitlement by £163.73 per month. To claim it they would need to report a change onto their journal and then the element will be added to your claim.

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