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Help filling in PIP forms

nettynorritnettynorrit Member Posts: 6 Listener
edited May 2019 in PIP, DLA and AA
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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,639 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @nettynorrit welcome to the community! Would you like to tell us a bit about yourself? :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @nettynorrit

    Good Evening & Welcome 🙏🙏

    It’s great to meet you today.

  • Antonia_AlumniAntonia_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,781 Pioneering
    Hi @nettynorrit how are you doing today? Welcome to the community, please have a read through our guidelines about our community and please feel free to join our recent discussions

    If you have any questions, please let us know. ;)
  • nettynorritnettynorrit Member Posts: 6 Listener
    All i need is help filling in forms for pip, phoned citizens advice and they cant help because i dont get a pension, then rang age uk ,and they cant help ,im not old enough, im 63
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger

    Hi @nettynorrit

    That is a strange response from CAB. Do you have a welfare rights near you ?

    The following may give you some idea about filling in the forms

    1 - Identify those activities you have any kind of issue with.

    2 - Identify whether the issue is that you can’t do the activity at all; can’t do it reliably, can’t do it repeatedly; can’t do it safely or in a reasonable time. If any one of these apply to an activity then you can’t do it at all and it’s okay to say so. However, as well as ticking the box saying you either can’t do it all need help or aids, remember to say which one(s) of the above apply.

    3 - Have a copy of the PIP points scoring system in front of you. The questions in the form don’t match the points scoring so it’s as well to be aware of this.

    4 - For every activity you think you score points you need to think of 2 or 3 recent examples of incidents when you tried to do that activity. Describe in detail the what, when, where, who witnessed, what happened next etc. Don’t skimp on detail. It’s often better to type it up in Word first rather than write in the form. If it won’t fit then add extra sheets, remembering to put your name, NINO and the question to which the answer relates on each sheet. Alternatively, reduce the font and cut and paste the Word answer into the form. Note that doing point 4 correctly is far more important than supporting medical evidence in most cases.

    5 - Use the extra information section to describe your conditions in detail; the specifics of the symptoms and especially how they interact. 

    Also, if applicable, use it to spell out that you want an ongoing award and explain why e.g. your condition is degenerative, you’ve done all the adapting you’re going to do etc. If you don’t specifically ask for an ongoing award you will almost always get a short one. 

    6 - Assuming your diagnoses are not in question and ditto the prognosis then ask yourself what gap in your evidence does medical evidence fill in terms of points scoring? If you can’t answer that then consider not sending it in. 10 reports all saying the same thing are no better than 1. Volume of evidence, especially medical evidence, doesn’t win you PIP and medical evidence is also not as helpful as your own anecdotes unless you are someone who lacks insight into their own condition e.g. someone with a learning disability or certain mental health conditions. Clarity and focus of evidence wins you PIP. 

    7 - Whilst PIP ask for the form back in 4 weeks they will grant a 2 week extension without question if you ask. However, there is no actual deadline for returning the form in the legislation so that deadline can be extended if reasonable. What could be more reasonable than having a medical condition which slows you down? Ask for an extension as a reasonable adjustment under EA 10 if applicable. 

    8 - By all means get an advice service to do this but if they don’t do most of the above then you’re better off doing it yourself. Welfare rights advisers do not have some magic form of words they use and  their knowledge of the law, guidance or case law only occasionally comes into play at the firm filling stage. No-one especially likes form filling but unless your impairment creates specific difficulties with form filling there’s no reason you can’t do it yourself. It’s all about the anecdotal evidence.

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • Antonia_AlumniAntonia_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,781 Pioneering
    Hi @nettynorrit sorry to hear you have no had support with your form. There's a guide on the Citizen advice website, for filling in a PIP form. If you have further questions, please let us know. ;)
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    That's the first time i've ever known CAB refuse to help because you're not old enough. Try this link, it will help you find what else is in your area. https://advicelocal.uk/

    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • nettynorritnettynorrit Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi Antonio, the reason i need help in filling in the form is because i have rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease, and my writing is terrible 
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    You can answer the questions on separate sheets attached to the back of the form if it is easier to type and print them off. number each page, with your name and NiN them just put a ref on the form in each section
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • Antonia_AlumniAntonia_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,781 Pioneering
    Hi @nettynorrit thank you for your reply. I see, hopefully you can get some assistance from the link Poppy has provided. If you have more questions, please let us know.
  • nettynorritnettynorrit Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi everyone Parkinson's uk are going to help 
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Thats great netty. make sure you keep a copy
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,970

    Scope community team

    Hi @nettynorrit, I'm glad you managed to get some help with it. Best of luck with your application, let us know how you get on, and as CockneyRebel said, be sure to keep a copy. :)
    Senior Community Partner
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