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PIP Assessment

Discussion in 'Benefits' started by InsulinAddict1310, Jun 16, 2022.

  1. InsulinAddict1310

    InsulinAddict1310 · Member

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    Hi Guys/Girls

    I have a PIP assessment in a week and just wondered if anyone knows what sort of questions they are going to ask me?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. TriciaWs

    TriciaWs Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I would advise you to take someone else with you, and either arrange in advance to get a recording of your interview (it may be too late to do this) or have someone take notes for you as it is amazing how many mistakes or errors are found in their final assessment reports.
    There are few generic questions, it depends on your disability/ies. They will want to know how your health issues affect your ability to work, and if you have mobility issues for example they may ask you to stand, raise arms, walk, etc. (in my case the dr recorded that I refused to do some of these when I'd said I could not do it due to my disabilities). They used to be, and as far as I know still are, hopeless about mental health issues.
    Take proof if you have any - copies of any prescriptions or the pill packets, recent letters from the hospital etc. - as the default to to assume you are lying or exaggerating.
    If they reject your claim be prepared to request a copy of the report as soon as possible, then write to DWP within the deadline for the DWP mandatory review stage. Claims are rarely reassessed at this stage, but only after that can you go to the independent tribunal. With good/expert support about 2/3 of appeals succeed.
     
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  3. KennyA

    KennyA Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I agree with TriciaWs. You need to have plenty of evidence - things you think are or should be unimportant or self-evident will need to be backed up. They don't take your word for anything.

    Don't get disheartened if they knock you back first time. This happens a lot and there's a suspicion that it's standard practice. A well-reasoned appeal will often work. We've just secured a full PIP for a friend after being entirely rejected initially.

    Good luck.
     
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  4. Lobsang Tsultim

    Lobsang Tsultim Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Be aware they may well be observing you before the formal interview. I accompanied my former wife to her assessment. When the interviewer came to ask about her mobility issues, she casually dropped, “I can see you struggle with your balance from watching you walk from the car park.”
    Saying that, the interview went quite smoothly, the assessor accepted my former wife’s situation and was very sympathetic.
     
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    #4 Lobsang Tsultim, Jun 17, 2022 at 9:36 AM
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  5. jjraak

    jjraak Type 2 · Expert

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    Hi @InsulinAddict1310 .

    Interested in topic as I am at start of requesting PIP.

    From what I have read, it really is advisable to think of your worst day, when applying or being asked questions at interview.

    Two links I found super useful when I first started looking for info

    This was the daily record in which I found good advice and a link to self test your claim HERE.

    This one describes then links to a self test.
    https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/pip-test

    One or two things of note I also found

    I have only anecdotal evidence, but it seems the important thing for assessors, is to seek evidence to disprove our claim rather then prove it

    So if asked to meeting, don't go alone
    It can offer argument you are more independent then described

    And do not stand in hallway.
    Ask for a seat, again evidence you are stronger then described, some say.

    I had a friend, clearly disabled.

    Asked by an at home assessor to move to the toilet unaided

    Chap did do, clearly struggling but managed by gripping tables chairs door frames on way to toilet

    Claim refused, clearly mobile & independent.

    Scare mongering gossip ?,

    no..it impacted him immensely and we all got concerned.

    I think most genuine claimants want to prove they can still do some everyday activities
    Which really is detrimental to winning our claim

    Neither side being sneaky

    They have to prove there IS an actual need,
    ( I do get the need to winkle out false claims )

    We have to show them that THAT need exists, not on our few 'best' days, but on our many "worst days .

    If we don't show them the reality of the majority (worst days ), and give our very best,

    not hard for them to think we can do that level of effort / movement constantly & in safety

    Wish you well in your claim
     
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    #5 jjraak, Jun 17, 2022 at 9:40 AM
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  6. Lobsang Tsultim

    Lobsang Tsultim Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I concur with jjraak, you need to demonstrate/explain/show proof for your worst days, not your best. This is even mentioned in the official advice notes if I remember correctly.
     
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  7. pumas

    pumas Don't have diabetes · Active Member

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    Not being negative, but look at the appeals process.
     
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