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Help filling in pip form

Hi all got myself in a state have had pip for last 3 years and time has come for me to fill in the renewal pip forms they have sent so any help advice would be much appreciated. As I have miss placed the copy of my first pip form

Thanks in advance for any help you can give x

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Check to see if your council has a welfare rights department who could help you fill in the form .

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Thanks bsygirl51

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Hi check benefits and work if you cannot get help .and as babygirl51 says above a council welfare rights are usually very good

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Thanks Ajay575

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For £19.95 you can join benefits & work for a year and download esa - PIP guides , then if you don't want to renew your membership the following year for £19.95 , you can just ignore the e-Mail saying that your membership has run out do you want to renew

Once you have downloaded the PIP and ESA guides you have got them anytime you need to look at them , there is also a lot of other helpful information on the site also

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Janet our benefits advisor has access to their guides so you do not need to subscribe yourself.

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I do think it is a good thing .but do understand Janet can give good advice on this was not sure if Janet can send the guides

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We have a partner (or something) membership which allows us to do this

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Yeh that is good and helpfull information for everyone on hear as it seems to be a big issues for the ill and best kept to advisers

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Janet can send the same guides for free if circumstances demand it. It's the same guides and saves spending the £20 if you cannot afford it.

Not saying it is not worth £20 but why pay if you don't have to?

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Yeh you are probaly right was not sure about that bit .just like the work they do and help .would be wise to contact Janet first for the help and information and work that Janet does for people

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If you can afford B&W and can follow them yourself they are well worth it. Also if you cannot wait for the next slot that Janet is on then sign up and follow them.

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Yeh do understand and why pay when you may not have to and can get the same advice needed from Janet

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Hi ive not long done mine sent it off 2 3 weeks ago its much easier then the initial form not to many questions if you still need all the help you did when you claimed then thats all you need to say its really just to see if there's been any changes is anything easier or harder for you to do hope this helps

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Thanks Tiny71

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Hi, I've just got my first pip (changed form DLA) and B&W's was a good help. I have it until 2028 so that's a relief. The other place you can get help if 50+ is Age UK, they have Welfare Rights People.

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Think we should all come to you for advice Haz 2028 God that is long well done

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ty, no expert but if I can help I will.

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You should be able to get a copy of your lost original claim papers by sending a Subject Access Request to the DWP.

Under the Data Protection Act, you are entitled to copies of any data they hold on you. Specifically, you'd be wanting a copy of the original submissions they hold for last time you claimed.

They will have one month to respond, so keep an eye on the return date for those PIP forms, as you'll need to get them extended when time gets close.

There is no special form that needs to be used for a subject data access request. A letter or email or tweet etc. are all allowed. Just say it is a Subject Data Access Request.

John

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Thanks Johntheguy

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The following link tells you how to submit your request to the DWP. Be aware that the less information you request, the quicker you'll get a reply. As you only want a copy of your previous PIP claim form, you could limit the request to just that. Here's the link: gov.uk/guidance/request-you...

Be aware, you could submit a further request (i.e. a second request) to obtain ALL of the information they hold on you. This will be useful if your claim is declined and you have to go to appeal. But probably isn't your priority right now, as your priority is needing to know what you put on your last claim form.

John

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Thanks

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The forms can be very daunting, I used the excellent guides from here: benefitsandwork.co.uk

It's a subscription site but in my mind well worth the money.

Good luck

Paul

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Thank you Paul

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Please don’t panic but do contact your local welfare rights or age concern team. I know both organisations will usually help you do it without question. I wish I had mine was rejected and I’ve made contact with someone now to help me face the court review process; I didn’t realise there was anyone that could help and I wish I had or I wouldn’t be here now!

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Thanks kazhc

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Btw under the freedom of information act you can request previous forms ,type in your search bar " freedom of information act " and what you want info on and you should be able to access what to do

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Hi Electricjaws,

You're confusing the Freedom of Information Act, which is about asking for things like anonymous statistics, with a Subject Data Access Request, which is where you ask an organisation to supply you with copies of all the information they hold about Yourself, under the Data Protection Act.

The two Acts have many crossovers, but if you make your request citing the Freedom of Information Act, you'll be giving the DWP an excuse to delay responding by saying you need to submit a Subject Data Access Request under the Data Protection Act.

I gave a link to the DPA Subject Access Request webpages in my earlier reply. See above.

John

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Just remember to ans the questions as your worst day, when asked can you lift kettle, think of worst day if you can, don't ans sometimes as this would be taken as yes and repeat what's wrong with you, it's not about what you can't do it's about what you can do.

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Hi i rang the PIP number and asked them to send me a copy of my original i got it within a week.

Good luck x

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If money is a problem to join Benefits and Work or Janet the FMA UK Benefits Advisor cannot help you with this, then a good free Guide appears here. It is not as good as the Benefits and Work ones but is worth reading.

drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw...

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