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How much written evidence for a PIP application is too much evidence?

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nasturtium
nasturtium Community member Posts: 376 Pioneering

Hello

I woud like some inforgmation please. I am helping someone with a PIP aplication and he is being very detailed in his written evidence. It is ranging from 3-5 pages (single sided) of A4 for each activity. He has included real world anicdotal evidence for as many activities as he can.

He is a little confused because he has read that he has to be as detailed as possible but then to much evidence can go against a claim.

So what is the advised amout of written evidence to supply with a PIP claim without it being to much?

Thank you in advance.

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  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2022
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    Hi @nasturtium


    I hope you are well. This is an interesting question.


    I have seen it said elsewhere on the community that half a side of A4 per descriptor is a decent amount to aim for, but I suppose it all comes down to how relevant the information is.


    Three to five pages does sound like a lot, but if all of that detail is relevant and will support with getting the amount he feels as though he is entitled to then I'm not sure there is a such thing as too much information.


    Out of curiosity, where did the person you are helping read that too much information can go against a claimant?

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,999 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2022
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    3-5 pages of A4 paper is far too much information. Two real world incidents per descriptor that applies with about half an A4 side of paper per descriptor is more than enough. Include information such as where they were, what exactly happened, did anyone see it and what the consequences were. Less is often more and they don't need to hear anyone's life story.

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    A key point is making sure you know the descriptors and the point scoring system. Information that is outside these is not relevant.

    For example the moving around activity looks at walking on the flat outside and can take into consideration negotiating kerbs. Writing about difficulties going up and down the stairs therefore has no relevance.

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