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PIP award letter

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Butterfliess
Butterfliess Community member Posts: 87 Courageous
Hi,

I’m looking for a little advice as to what I do now.
I called PIP in may to inform them of a change of circumstances (improvements) they sent out the normal form and I filled it out accordingly. I had a phone call beginning of January to ask a few questions and then today I received my letter. The problem is they have scored me points in places I do not feel I deserve, I know this sounds crazy but I do not feel as though I should have those points. When asked on the phone if I could do those things I said I could? 
What do I do now? Do I call them to tell them of this? Will I need to go through the whole process again?
the point of my reassessment was to say I had made some improvements. I do not wish to take what is not deserved.

any advice would be much appreciated again.
many thanks 

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  • k8xc
    k8xc Community member Posts: 15 Connected
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    Hiya prior to doing this might to be worth requesting the assessors report to see why they’ve awarded you and what their justification was? Maybe if you read it you might not feel as bad as the health professional who assessed  you felt as if you needed the support in certain areas. Similarly this happened to me - I said I can walk 50-200m however she’s awarded me 20-50m so I got standard rate - an the reason if even though I can walk it impacts symptoms afterwards so thus not doing it to a reliable standard. Maybe have a little look at the report and see what they’ve said :) 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,241 Disability Gamechanger
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    Your conditions improving doesn't mean you're no longer entitled to PIP and it doesn't mean you shouldn't have scored the points you did. Part of the criteria is can you do the activity reliably, safely, in a reasonable time, to an acceptable standard. If you can't, you're classed as not being able to do that activity at all.
    The question is, do you 100% fully understand the PIP descriptors and what they mean? Very few people do and unless you do, you can't say you shouldn't have scored those points.
    What you should do next is get some expert advice because no one here knows exactly how your conditions affect you. By getting this advice you can explain to them how your conditions affect you and they will tell you if the points you scored, is correct. For this start here.  https://advicelocal.uk/

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Libby_Alumni
    Libby_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,251 Pioneering
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    Hi @Butterfliess,

    Thank you for getting in touch with us, here at the online community. 

    I hope both @poppy123456 and @k8xc's responses have been helpful? I agree with @poppy123456 and believe the best thing to do moving forward, is to gain some expert advice from a reliable source, such as advicelocal. 

    I hope the above information is useful and please let us know if you have any other queries or concerns.

    Libby
    Online Community Information Coordinator
    Scope

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  • Butterfliess
    Butterfliess Community member Posts: 87 Courageous
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    Thank you all for your response @Libby_Scope @poppy123456 and @k8xc

    Without knowing the PIP Descriptors fully I am unable to make that decision regarding my award. I feel I took a quick reaction to the letter without fully understanding it as stated.
    It can be a difficult system to navigate at times, I really appreciate the advice and help.
    As always the scope community have been amazing so thank you very much. ☺️
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    Butterfliess said:..Without knowing the PIP Descriptors fully I am unable to make that decision regarding my award. ..
    It is reasonable for you to rely on the fact you have been truthful in your submission about how you are affected and it is reasonable to expect DWP to make an appropriate award.

    Confusingly award letters, in my experience, sometimes say things which are not correct but which don't affect the decision. So they might say somebody needs an aid to do something when the reality is they need prompting but the resultant point score is the same so doesn't affect the outcome.
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