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PIP award

Brown envelope arrived dated 29th March. Just 10days after DWP recieve my application.

Enhanced rate for PIP care x 10 years

Delighted they have awarded points in many sections not previously considered.

This was all done with no face to face assessment.

A pat on the back for expat Pat

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Pat you and Dave deserve this....xx

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Muchas gracias...having a large tea!

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Hi Pat very good news enjoy.xx

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Thanks Katie. They have awarded it from 2nd May.

No backdating to time of claim

Not any more

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Yes knew they had changed the backdating rules, but at least you got it. x

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Thing is Katie the forms took 33 days to get here so with this decision I miss out a month's award. I might query this for my own interest.

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I would, they did this to me and I lost a month. I queried it apparently it's a glitch on the system and I got the months money back

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I will check with them but they did give me a specific start date of 2 May.

Always worth asking

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I am not sure what PIP is but it must be something good I want to say congratulations 🎈🎉🎊

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Thank you ssdw1958 that's very kind.

PIP ( Personal Independent Payments) is a non means tested allowance paid, by DWP, to chronically sick and disabled people to help meet their extra costs.

You have to meet certain criteria, fill in copious amounts of forms, have medical evidence from GP, consultant etc, have a face to face assessment ( unless you submit enough evidence).

It is very stressful and worrying for most people and the amounts given are tiny compared to what you really need.

But.....worth having at the end of the day!

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Well then I am very happy 😊 for you.

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That's fantastic Pat and well done. x

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Great news , glad to hear that you got what you deserve. Enjoy the tea and big slice of cake whilst sitting in your deck chair. 🍰☕🏖️

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Last slice of cake looked so lonely on its plate!!

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A girl after my own heart 😀

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Hi hope u are alright

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Where have you been? Missed you so much

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Well done - must be a big relief

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Can now concentrate on sitting in my deckchair in the hot sunshine¬¬

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Enjoy!

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Hi, I'm currently getting the ESA (employment and support allowance), and just wanted to ask you if your current money stops while the claim for PIP is being assessed ?

And also how did you complete your forms, online or by post ?

Sorry for the questions but just thinking of applying myself, I hope you don't mind. Congratulations on yours, I bet you are thrilled.

Many thanks

Dawn

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Not at all...ask away.

Firstly ESA and PIP are 2 totally different benefits. ESA is to help you if you can't work and has means tests attached to it.

PIP which now replaces the old DLA is a non means tested allowance which is supposed to help cover extra costs if you are chronically sick or disabled.

You can work and still claim PIP.

When doing my application for Pip I typed all my answers out then printed and attached to each relevant question.

I can't read or write and the only other choice I had was to ask someone to do it for me. Being independent I did it myself! Certainly DWP offered no other way.

Many people do it like this. You can't actually apply on line for PIP.

It is much neater and easier to read for them.

Hope this helps

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I type all my answers to Gov forms and then print them. Cut the answer sheet into strips and Pitt Stick them to the forms.

Well done Pat. Great results for you.

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That is the hard way Rib. I do same except staple sheet of answers to 'extra info' page, add my name and NI number.

As they don't offer any 'alternative format'.

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Hi I haven't got my appeal date yet.. but have submitted evidence..did yo

u mention evidence f2f if so what is it..thank you and congrats to your pip win..

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I didn't have a face to face (f2f) assessment. Having submitted all my forms, consultants letter, pics over many years..they were happy not to see me.

Just sent me confirmation of how they worked out points, total and how long award is for.

It is very unusual not to go through assessment but they were happy with my evidence. So am I!!

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Well done. I have my PIP review next year as I was only awarded or 3 years after a face to face assessment. I got the enhanced amount. I am hoping I do not have to have another face to face assessment and they will renew for longer.

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Who knows what DWP will decide to do? Not even sure they know!!

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Well done 👍😊

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Good news!

I don't understand the DWP. My last award was to December 2018, but they sent me the forms to complete in January. My RA has progressed, and I have additional associated problems, all confirmed by my specialist. Had my face to face, and been awarded full award for mobility, but they have knocked points off in other areas?! Like dressing/undressing. making a simple meal, administering my own medication (which Homecare do) etc. How do they come to these decisions?

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Did these decisions lower your care award?

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Sorry missed your message.

Yes I was on the enhanced rate for both components. They have awarded me 12 for mobility (nothing for the planning and following through a journey) so I just scraped through!

They have taken 6 points off the DLA component which I don't understand as my illness has progressed along with other associated factors and medication, so I no longer get the enhanced rate.

What I don't understand is them allowing me maximum for mobility - logically wouldn't this lack of mobility impact on day to day needs eg, dressing, cooking? Or is that just my way of thinking?

I did my f2f with a Paramedic who assessed part time, although a very nice person, would he be qualified enough to assess ongoing problems? I don't know. I have appealed via a letter, so we will see.

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Under the mobility section...the planning a journey isn't really for those who also have mobility problems. It is those with serious cognitive problems and us blindies. Under care I didn't get any points for cooking.

They said i could prepare meals with assistance. No I can't!

But as I got enough for enhanced rate anyway I shan't say anything. Still interested though how they ignored my evidence.

No f2f as there wasn't any point.

Go for mr and appeal. None of the assessors can have a complete knowledge of so many different disabilities. They have the standard tick box and never deviate

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It's a great shame that you are in need of help, I know the worries that are associated with being disabled or very ill. I'm happy for you that you have been awarded it without having to go through more torment. Being able to pay for the care one needs makes such a difference to the quality of life.

I've just sent my form back, even though I had been awarded full care and mobility for life, I dont hold any hopes for continuing with the help and support I need. Its worring me sick I haven't slept since I received the letter saying it was my turn to be punished.

A friend of mine who's got severe mobility problems due to advanced MS was only awarded 2 out of 8 points for bathing needs and only 2 out of 8 for preparing food for him self. Put him just 1 pint under the full carrie boundary. Now he's got to wait over a year to try to get back the help he needs...

All this and they have spent over three times the amount of money it cost to leave things as they where.. to say tjis goverment is evil is an understatement. But it's good to see thst some people can still get help.

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so pleased for you

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So happy for you it must be such a relief ! Sounds like DWP have finally got something right. x

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well done for completing it yourself, i had my housing association fill mine out for me, and then went for an assessment miles away from home as my help was 90 miles away from my home address. i am based in wales and my help is in England, confusing i know but i went to the pip assessment center in my wheel chair and had taken photos of the aids that i had at home to help me. I do need the help and mobility aids to help me get out and help around the house. I have fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. I am in a lot of pain and i struggle to do day to day activities. The lady who did the assessment asked if i had any hobbies, i replied no, what do you do during the day she asked, i do go out but it is exhausting and have to go to bed when i get back home, she asked who walks my dog? and i had said my kids do, which they do. do i cook meals ? no i eat out as i dont use a microwave and cant cook a simple meal as that is exhausting also. After a week i found the back pay in my account and then the letter turned up, i have the award for 6 years. I was well pleased as i bought myself a mobility scooter that can be transported around in the car with us when we go out.

I had tried filling mine out before for myself but failed miserably, plus with having brain fog it really doesnt help at the best of times.

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I provided all my stuff for my chronic illness last year. Will they want it all again? I just see two Consultant for my two issues every six months, there is no new info to submit, I have my regular meds and these haven't changed either.

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Are you in receipt of PIP care or mobility now?

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Hi, yes. Personal care as I have lost the use of my right hand due to spinal nerve damage, plus I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteo.

I manage the neuropathic pain with Pregablin and Norotriptylene, Butec patches and Naproxen.

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Seems likely you have to submit all evidence again when your award runs out.

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Hi Pat, glad to hear you are getting PIP. Just enjoy that sunshine

Hugs Liz xo

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Think you have had warmer weather than us this last weekend!! Plus point though...we don't get snow!!

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Not sure what this is. We have much to celebrate. Thanks for sharing.

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