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S2022
S2022 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi all! I have been reading all the very helpful posts on here after I applied for PIP on the 28th September. I just wanted to share the experience I’ve had in case it helps encourages someone who is really worried about it 
Applied 28th September and filled out the form required online, all received by 4th October.
Had a phone call 21st November to only be asked 3 questions (the call was out of the blue - threw me off my day but the lady was lovely who spoke to me!) and from reading messages on here it seems like I had more of a paper based assessment. 
Text Monday 28th November to say I have been awarded PIP.
Phoned the automatic payment line and it told me my backpay amount which arrived today (1st December) and yesterday it was able to tell me my next payment amount which indicates I have enhanced daily living and enhanced mobility allowance. 
My main reason for applying is my difficulties with autism. I had a good amount of evidence as my diagnosis report is lengthy and in-depth. I also have epilepsy - the only thing that still affects me now is memory problems (12 months seizure free). I got advice from Citizen’s advice to help me word my difficulties to make sure the DWP understood, taking the descriptors into consideration.
Remember PIP is not about diagnosis but the challenges you’re having regularly. I work full time and whilst I have had to recently make changes to the role as a result of struggling, and my working hours being flexible, this must not have been held against me which I was worried about. I am still waiting on my award letter to confirm everything. 
Just wanted to share due to how shocked I was at such a quick, good experience and how grateful I am to finally feel like I’m being recognised that I need support (late in life diagnosis!) and anyone who’s wanting to try, go for it! And if you know you should be entitled to it, don’t give up! 
Happy to answer any questions.
Peace and love

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  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,982 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @S2022. Welcome to Scope’s forum. It is great to see you have joined us. How are you at the moment?

    Thanks for reaching out to us and sharing your positive feedback with us. We really appreciate it and it is people like you who make the community the supportive and friendly space it is.

    Thanks also for sharing your experience with us. I am sure your experience will be invaluable to anyone experiencing anything similar. It sounds like you had a positive experience which is great to hear.

    Take care for now and we will look forward to, hopefully, hearing from you again soon  :)

    Community Volunteer Adviser with professional knowledge of education, special educational needs and disabilities and EHCP's. Pronouns: She/her. 

    Please note: if I use the online community outside of its hours of administration, I am doing so in a personal capacity only.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,508 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thank you so much for sharing your positive experience @s2022 :) We tend to hear about more negative experiences, so it's always lovely to see a successful one!

    National Campaigns Officer at Scope, she/her

  • S2022
    S2022 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Thank you all three of you  :) I put off applying myself for a while as I thought it would be too much of a stressful experience, which is why I wanted to share how it actually was for me, hoping it helps someone. I feel very, very lucky and very grateful as things have become harder for me since the expected return to ‘normal’ after covid. 
    @L_Volunteer I am ok thank you. Hope you are ok? And hope you @Tori_Scope and @Teddybear12 are well too.
    Thank you
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,982 Disability Gamechanger
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    You are welcome @S2022. It is the very least you deserve. 

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I am sure your experiences will be invaluable to anyone experiencing anything similar. 

    Glad to hear you are ok. I am ok too thank you  :)
    Community Volunteer Adviser with professional knowledge of education, special educational needs and disabilities and EHCP's. Pronouns: She/her. 

    Please note: if I use the online community outside of its hours of administration, I am doing so in a personal capacity only.
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