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PIP Assessment!

sandraMsandraM Member Posts: 31 Courageous
I think Ive just had a pip assessor from hell.I am feeling  so upset.  I know they are only doing a job but the assessor was quizzing me so much and when I didn't give a direct answer she said she would just need to write that she asked me and I failed to answer.  Ex: How many minutes can you walk without stopping, I said it varies and depends obviously on how slow  I walk but no more than 50m but that answer wasn't acceptable, tried pushing for a number and then said she'd have to write that she asked me and I didn't answer the Q. Then went onto my medication which again varies with pain threshold, how many pills did I take weekly of each kind.  I said sometimes I might take 18 of one kind to which she replied, you are only supposed to take 14 does your Dr know you are taking more.

Some of the other Qs, Did I have internet at home, internet on my mobile, what programs I watched on TV, Did I smoke, how much did I drink, what did I eat for dinner, how often I drove my car, where was it parked at home. What kind of shops did I visit.  I felt as if she was trying to get me to say things I didn't want to say.   I can see an appeal on the horizon.

Anyone else had an assessment like this?


  • cristobalcristobal Member Posts: 966 Disability Gamechanger
    @sandraM - it's fairly standard I think, from my own experience and posts on here.

    From the questions they make all kind of assumptions...

    "How often you drive your car" - do you drive it at all?
    "What kind of shops do you visit?" - do you go out to the shops?

    From the questions that you've listed they will conclude that you have good cognitive skill (driving a car) good fine motor skills (can operate a mobile phone, TV remote), can prepare food OK (since you can use a TV remote you can use a potato peeler) can dress yourself/do up buttons etc (same reasons etc)

    I wouldn't worry about it unduly ...
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes, all those questions are part of the assessment, or interrogation as some call it.

    All you can do now is wait a week and ring DWP to request a copy of the assessment report to be sent to you. This will give you some idea what the decision is likely to be because they mostly go with the report. You'll still have to wait for a decision to be made and once it has, if you're not happy you'll have 1 month from that date to request the MR.
    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.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @sandraM, I am sorry the assessment was so full on, how are you feeling this morning?

    Like Poppy has said, you can request a copy of the report which will give you an indication of the award that you'll receive.

    Please do let us know how you get on. :)

  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 2,031 Disability Gamechanger
    Thinking about you too Sandra. I`m awaiting my f2f decision too. Had it on 3rd Oct. I felt as if I was in front of a smiling assassin! Take care xxx
  • paffuto10paffuto10 Member Posts: 388 Pioneering
    Sorry you had it tough @sandraM. I did too.! 

    Fingers crossed for you both @pollyanna1052

  • sandraMsandraM Member Posts: 31 Courageous
    Thanks for the replies, never slept well last night and I sleep poor at the best of times.  I'm calming down a bit now.
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