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My Tips If You Are Going From DLA to PIP or Starting On PIP For The First Time
Hello all this is just some tips that I hope will help someone that is going from DLA to PIP and for if you are just starting on PIP Number 1 if you are just going on to PIP get help with the form from CAB and get you letters from doctors and make a copy of them to send in with your form and you keep your original copy from your doctor and that is the same if you are moving from DLA to PIP and this is for both at the back of the form ask that your assessment is recorded this bit is if you are going from DLA to PIP ask them add you evidence from you DLA to with your new evidence. Number 2 when you get your PIP assessment day ring the place that you have wish to have your assessment recorded as you have put in your form if they tell you that they don't do that ask them to send you a letter as to the reasons now when you go have someone with you as you may be nerves and for get something on the day and if you have to see a doctor for new test or your medication to add to your evidence and the same if they will not ask for a letter as to the reasons for that. Number 3 If you end up going to a Mandatory Reconsideration on your PIP ask if CAB can help you with this ring the DWP and ask for a copy of your assessment report as to how there decision If you disagree with a decision which part the daily living part or the mobility part or both and your reasons and all so send a copy of letters if they did not do your assessment recorded and if they did not take you new evidence on the day of your assessment on the day. Number 4 If you still get the same decision and now wish to take it to Tribunal ask for the CAB to fill in the form for this and if they can send someone with you it might be able to get someone like an adviser from CAB to help as your representative during the appeal, but they’re not always available phone straight away if you want to change the date - it should be for a good reason (eg a hospital appointment ) read through all the information the tribunal service sends you so you know what to expect send any new evidence to the tribunal - try not to turn up with lots of new evidence on the day arrange for a family member or friend to go with you for moral support, if you feel it would help the judge will introduce the tribunal and explain what it’s for - they might call you ‘the appellant’ and the DWP ‘the respondent’ they’ll ask you questions about your reasons for appealing, and get you to describe things like what you do on an average day if someone from the DWP is there, the judge will also ask them questions if someone goes with you, they might be asked if they want to say anything once everyone has had a chance to speak, you will be asked if there’s anything more you’d like to say - so if there’s anything you want to add or clarify, you can you'll be asked to leave the room while a decision is made you’ll be called back into the room and told the decision, although occasionally you may have to wait 3 to 5 days to get a decision letter in the post On the day of your Tribunal Try not to feel too anxious about being asked questions. The board won’t be hostile towards you - they want to hear more about how your condition affects you so they can make the right decision Don’t be embarrassed to talk about how your condition affects you - it’s really important the panel gets a true picture of your daily life ask the judge or doctor to repeat any questions you don’t understand and that's about it all so go to the Tribunal as its better you go than have a paper one and not go. Hope this helps someone as I know how hard it is to do this and at times you will get to the point of thinking is it me who is wrong and are there assessment of me right and it will play on your mind well all I have to say about that is if you need help with this always ask you are not alone with this it will push you to the limit with your disabilities and if you have mental health problems to as it did with me but you are stronger person if you ask for help as we all need help sometimes and that's it if this just helps one person it good and the is always the Scope's online community to as someone may know something more that will help.