Pip decision without face to face?

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cantcope
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edited 27 February 2019 at 12:44PM in Disability money matters
I sent off a change of circumstance PIP form in January along with letters from neuro and MS nurses.

Bearing in mind the letter from my Neuro advising i could not safey walk more than 20 metres was dismissed (the report from court said it was suspected the physical report from my neuro simply read as what i had requested he write so that i would keep my car!!) when i had my pip tribunal last January, they have decided i don't need a face to face interview and they will be using evidence given and evidence from a call with my MS Nurse and my form.

I have no idea now if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Does anyone have experience of a decision made without a face to face?

I have today called and requested a copy of the report but wondered if anyone had any experience?

i went to tribunal as believe i should get enhanced for both components but had been awarded standard for both and this stayed the same despite MS Society and my MS nurse encouraging me for MR, tribunal and then an appeal to appeal (refused)

I'm not sure i can face being called a liar again. wish they'd come and live my life for a week.
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  • kingfisherblue
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    My friend's son did not have a face to face for PIP, when he moved from DLA. It's unusual, but not completely unheard of. My friend received a phone call from the DWP, and was asked to clarify a few things. She was asked for further details in addition to what was written on the form. Her son was then awarded enhanced on both components - he was previously on high rate for both, so no change. The award is ongoing (typically ten years).
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    My daughter is in the process of a her first review for PIP, i'm her appointee. She had a paper based assessment this time and i received the report on Saturday.



    It's recommended her award stays at Enhanced for both parts. However, the award length of time is recommended for just another 1 year...again. Despite all the evidence i sent, which included ASD assessment report, learning disability assessment report and a care plan written by social services and also a EHCP. None of the evidence i sent was used when writing the report, what they used was the last assessment report and the AR1 review form that i sent. I know it's recommended Enhanced for both but a 1 year review for someone who will need help and support every day for the rest of their life, is a complete joke.



    I have already spoken to a case manager regarding the recommended short review saying i disagree and my reasons why. All i'm waiting for is a decision and on Monday i was told it's waiting to be looked at.
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    Thanks to both of you. My MS nurse has said she was told it would be reviewed in a year because of diagnosis of RRMS. i guess they think one day i'll wake up and be cured maybe? Wouldn't that be lovely :)

    I will update once i get the report back
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    I went through change of circumstances during 2017
    Paper based decision.
    Once I scribbled and posted the forms and m.s. hospital contacts.
    It was possibly less stressful than worrying about a face to face interview.
    Only concern now is once the switch from pip to u.c. Begins eventually.
    Good luck!
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    I've got the report back from my paper assessment. 17 for care and 12 for mobility. which is what i expected 2 years ago but got 8 for each!

    Felling positive now for a good decision whenever that is made. Fingers crossed the decision maker agrees
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    I received my pip decision today. Enhanced for both :D for two years but says they will contact me after feb next year to see if anything has changed.
    Chuffed to bits. this is what i had before on dla, they reduced it to standard when i swapped to pip two years ago.

    Just more proof that it all depends on who you get doing the assessment as far as I'm concerned.
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    Dandytf wrote: »
    I went through change of circumstances during 2017
    Paper based decision.
    Once I scribbled and posted the forms and m.s. hospital contacts.
    It was possibly less stressful than worrying about a face to face interview.
    Only concern now is once the switch from pip to u.c. Begins eventually.
    Good luck!

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    cantcope wrote: »
    I received my pip decision today. Enhanced for both :D for two years but says they will contact me after feb next year to see if anything has changed.
    Chuffed to bits. this is what i had before on dla, they reduced it to standard when i swapped to pip two years ago.

    Just more proof that it all depends on who you get doing the assessment as far as I'm concerned.

    Good news :)
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