PIP - atos - no assement ? Anybody had this ?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Benefits & Tax Credits
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Daisy2016Daisy2016 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Benefits & Tax Credits
Hi

New to the forum , so hi to all .

Currently on Esa and Dla ( low and low ) .

*Applied for pip by telephone on 12th May.
*Sent form back 19th May.
*Had a text to say they were requesting more info from docs 1st june .
*Had a text today saying " we now have all the info we need to decide your pip claim . We will send you a decisions letter once we have made out decision "

My claim is based on severe depression , anxiety , panic attacks , ibs and incontinence .

I was expecting a face to face assesment and have worked myself up i to a right state thinking that they have obviously dismissed my claim due to not wanting to see me :(

Has anybody else experienced this ? What was your outcome ? How long from the text/letter did you recieve your decision

Many thanks in advance
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  • I had my PIP application done by Atos in November 2015,I sent my forms back and by the end of January 16 I had my decision.i was awarded enhanced rates for both parts.I did not have to attend a meeting with Atos I had one text to say they had the forms,I made a couple of further calls myself.The key to not having to attend a meeting is the quality of the supporting information you send in,in my case I sent a care plan from my social worker and a letter from my MS nurse,I hope this helps.
    Good luck with your application.
  • Daisy2016Daisy2016 Forumite
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    Thankyou for your reply . im still living on a knife edge at the moment . Its the uncertainty that i find the worst . I need to just know whats happening ao that i can try and get my head around it .

    From the no replies it seems as though no face to face is not that common .... Again i dont know if this is in my favour or not 😕

    I guess its just sitting around worrying and waiting now 😔
  • TELLIT01TELLIT01 Forumite
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    Interesting to see the number of comments about not having face-to-face interview for PIP assessment. When it was launched, we (staff at DWP) were told that 'almost everybody' claiming PIP would have face-to-face assessment. This was because one of the major perceived failings of DLA was that the assessment was made on the basis of written information, and it was easier to falsify / exaggerate the severity of a problem when simply filling in forms.
    It would seem that the importance of face-to-face has suddenly diminished, I wonder why? Can't be anything to do with staffing levels surely!
    I must stress that I am absolutely not accusing anybody in this topic or anywhere else of falsifying information. Simply highlighting the way the system changes.
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    Maybe because of the changes applicants are getting more verifiable evidence from GPs and consultants instead of just filling the form and sending little evidence?
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    _shel wrote: »
    Maybe because of the changes applicants are getting more verifiable evidence from GPs and consultants instead of just filling the form and sending little evidence?

    Quite possibly, but it still runs counter to the original statements released about 'almost everybody' claiming PIP was to have a face-to-face interview. How realistic it was to fulfil that statement is another matter.:)
  • fishybusinessfishybusiness Forumite
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    Another one for no face to face assessment.

    Applied early August 2015, was in hospital for a stem cell transplant, expected good 6 to 9 months recovery and care at home.

    Gave the name and number of the Consultant looking after me and Specialist Nurse, plus SN wrote a statement of my health, treatment and care needs.

    Received my award maybe 12 to 14 weeks later, that was that.
  • wellyneverwellynever Forumite
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    As of the 25th of June there will probably be even less F2F as they send out the new PIP AR1 forms.
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    Perhaps some conditions have known impact or having particular medical procedures proves a certain level of incapacity, so these cases can be automatically awarded, leaving more time to assess those where there could be variation.
  • Angie1967Angie1967 Forumite
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    I too am waiting on a decision without a f2f I was sent one but rang asking for a home visit as I'm agoraphobic got a letter last Thursday saying I could have home visit a letter the day later saying I did not need a f2f as they had all the information they needed.
    Like daisy I am on a knife edge waiting I filled the form myself without help and now think I will be denied as I probably didn't put enough information
  • Daisy2016Daisy2016 Forumite
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    wellynever wrote: »
    As of the 25th of June there will probably be even less F2F as they send out the new PIP AR1 forms.

    Does anybody know what the difference is from the old forms ? Why have they introduced a new form when so many people have filled in the old ones ?
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