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Waiting times for pip decision

puretartanpuretartan Member Posts: 5 Listener
edited November 2017 in PIP, DLA and AA
hi all new here 
just wanted to ask what is the waiting times for pip decisions as had my assessment 
three weeks ago , 
I have a Freind in Newcastle that has been waiting nine weeks is this normal 
thank you 


  • puretartanpuretartan Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Yes it's no fun waiting on that brown envelope as I have said have a Freind in Newcastle that has now been waiting ten weeks next Monday ,, 
    she has phoned DWP to be told her case was with the dissision maker and that was two weeks ago ,she has a heart condition ,, makes you wonder what this government thiink about its sick disabled ,, 
    but I think we know the answer to that one , but as said hope you here soon , 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 7,124 Disability Gamechanger

    Can be anything from 2 weeks to 3 months.

  • puretartanpuretartan Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thanks for that ,,, if that is the waiting time it's out of order 
    have been told to tell my Freind to get in touch with her mp to push it along 
    think that would be her best move as she just gets told its with the DM at DWP 

  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @puretartan, and welcome! Hope the above responses help: the waiting times do appear to be very variable at the moment. Hope your friend gets the outcome they're hoping for!
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 7,124 Disability Gamechanger

    I think it's easy to forget this is a balancing act for decision makers. In an ideal world we'd all want decision asap but if the consequence of that is that things get rushed or weighed up incorrectly then who would want that!

    That's not to say that taking longer automatically produces better decisions as plainly it does not. However, there is considerable pressure to make a certain number of decisions per day and the conversion process is being quietly slowed (possibly to a halt from time to time) because inviting someone to make a claim to PIP needs a DM to make a decision and there aren't necessarily enough to go round.

    I think 3 months or above is too long but anything under that is arguable as reasonable depending on the facts of the case. Claimants tend to split into those things who think their case is open and shut and those who think their impairments are complex to the point of incomprehensibility. Both are very rarely true.

  • fithemadhatterfithemadhatter Member Posts: 6 Listener
    My report has been with the dm for 9 weeks now it's terrible how they treat people hope you hear soon
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