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Pip renewal

Hi , i've been on pip since Nov 2014 after been refused twice due to arthritis in my knees & shoulders on full entitlement for both. This was due to run out in Nov 2018 so was expecting the renewal form any time. It came 4th Nov last year so filled in the appropriate boxes plus some new problems I have told them about and sent it back on the 6th Nov. Reading all the problems people are having with some losing all or some of their entitlement worry set in with me thinking the worst eg face to face assesment appointment letter arriving. Yesterday I came home with my family and my son found the dreaded brown letter behind the doors so you could imagine what was going through my mind. Started to read it and found they have awarded me another period only instead of 4 years this time given me 10 years both full entitlement. I couldn't belive it no assesment, I am over the moon are they changing their attitude or am I just the lucky one!

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So pleased for you Micky007. :-)

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Thank you.

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That's good news Micky007 hope others have the same easy result, this is how it should be on reveiw :)

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I totally agree with you, it's plain to see if someone has health issues their needs should be met without all the hurdles put in their way. Its obvious a gp should have the last say as they know their patients far better than anyone taking the place of an assessor who has never seen a person before.

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True, the Gp knows all your health issues and maybe even social issue that make disability harder to cope with and a need for assistance. But these assessors should be trained in disability awareness and the likely hurdles that might come with certain illness. On the one hand we are expected to be as independant as possible and on the other hand we are expected to be housebound for benefit purpose, think someone has the wires crossed myself .

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I've heard that the assessors are not medically trained at all

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This is an old post that popped up, but it is true some assessors are not conversant with all medical matters but some GPs are not either that's why we see specialists. Hope your continueing to enjoy the financial benefit of PIp. Best Wishes

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The lucky one definitely

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Its a pity everyone who has a history of ill health isn't treated the same instead of going through all the unnecessary trauma.

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Great news! X

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Great news at last from someone keeping their PIP

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I wish everyone was successful like me, it makes me so angry when I see the anguish people have to go through to get better living standards.

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So true especially when mental health is so bad you can't get across anymore how bad life is in pain restricted as there's no social care nothing

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Sooooo happy for you. Well done

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So happy that you have good news .it makes u feel ill worste fighting and all the worry .

So glad what a relif

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That’s great news!

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I have have Osteoarthritis in knees hips back and neck. I have wondered if I could claim anything. I am able to walk but am always in pain which increases with each step so I always think I be wasting my time filling in the forms for them to reject it.

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You should qualify for pip, as you have a disability and no harm in trying.

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