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New claim for Pip waiting times?

rosielxrosielx Member Posts: 4 Listener
Hi everyone. I filled in a PIP form and returned it in mid December 2019 along with 70 pages of medical evidence including scans and xrays. I have crohns, short bowel, arthritis and spondylosis.

I know the form has been received as I had a text. Since then I haven't heard anything about it. Not even a letter to arrange an assessment.

Just wondered if anyone else knows about current waiting times. Last time I tried to claim I had an assessment and rejection quickly.

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,114 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    There's no timescales, it depends on backlog in your area. A successful claim could potentially take several months in some areas, maybe longer.

    70 pages of evidence is an awful lot, i must admit and they may not read all of that. For evidence, less is often more. Unless a piece of evidence states how your conditions affect you, then you need to think is it worth sending it.

    You say that you were previously refused. May i ask if you requested the MR and Tribunal for that decision? If you didn't was there any reasons why?
    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.
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,062 Disability Gamechanger
    It really depends on how busy they are in your area, tbh 70 pages of evidence is a lot and they probably wouldn't know what they are looking at when you send x-rays scans too much information often doesn't help, have you phoned them to ask when to expect a face to face assessment?
    I will now only offer benefits advice on PIP, and specific benefits advice for other people with Epilepsy. 
  • rosielxrosielx Member Posts: 4 Listener
    I didn't appeal last time as I know you're unlikely to be awarded pip for crohns. My health has got worse and I now have problems with my spine and severely trapped leg nerves so will appeal this time. The lady I spoke to said to send everything relating to condition do maybe they are still waiting on reports.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,114 Disability Gamechanger
    PIP isn't awarded based on a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors. A face to face assessment is most likely.
    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.
  • ToffeeToffee Member Posts: 250 Pioneering
    Best off l ck 
  • FetlockFetlock Member Posts: 79 Courageous
    Sending in scans and X rays and photos is pointless because, once scanned and uploaded onto the system, they just appear as a black page of useless blurb
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @rosielx! Please do let us know how you get on and if there is anything else we can do to help. :)
    Scope

  • anistyanisty Member Posts: 171 Pioneering
    I am in scotland and put my son's application form in the post 8th jan. A few days later i got a letter to say they hadnt received any reply from me and they were giving me til 6th feb to respond.

    I phoned them straight away on getting this letter and they confirmed they had received my application and it had been scanned to their system 14th january.

    The man i spoke to was very helpful and friendly and he did make the comment 'oh, yes i can see you have sent a lot of evidence in with the form'

    I was quite surprised as i felt i hardly had any evidence to send in compared to when my son was younger and heavily involved with nhs services.

    This time i had sent a cognitive report comprising 4 pages of A4 (8 sides of text)

    And an autism report 2 pages A4 with 4 sides text.

    And a single page language report.  So 7 sheets seems to be what they call 'a lot'


    Yesterday (22nd feb) i received a letter saying they have all the info they need to make a decision. No face to face invite.

    So 5 weeks from them having received the form to this letter.

    Though i understand it can be many many more weeks until we hear a decision.

    If you call them, you might find them helpful as i did. And maybe they can let you know where abouts in the system your claim is. Good luck!


  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @rosielx, how are you getting on? :)
    Scope

  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 7,158 Disability Gamechanger
    Fetlock said:
    Sending in scans and X rays and photos is pointless because, once scanned and uploaded onto the system, they just appear as a black page of useless blurb
    This is not true. They scan fine. The only issue is if the matter to progresses to appeal then DWP and HMCTS tech to print off those scabs is generally poor and produces exactly the sort of disaster you describe. 
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