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Face to face PIP assessment?

Hi, my Husband applied for PIP on 9th Nov due to him having COPD amongst other things, he received a letter stating he has to go for an assessment on the 16th Dec. On reading the pip assessment guide, updated in Sept 2016, and written by the DWP it says illnesses that should not require a face to face assessment (or words to that affect) include COPD as the disability affects are basically self explanatory and therefore known what affect it has on the person. Should he phone them and ask why he has to have a face to face or is it best to just leave it and go?


  • As it is only guidance I guess it depends on the level of functional impairment and how you evidenced this in your application.

    If you have been called for a face 2 face it is likely they have been unable to make an accurate determination of need from the evidence supplied.

    If this is the case it would be best to attend to make sure your husband gets the correct level of award.

    No detriment in ringing the assessment provider to ask the question though.

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