PIP report lies

My mother had her PIP assessment recently , which I sat in with her. Due to my mums mental and physical disabilities I done most of the talking providing truthful facts. We requested a copy of the report which when we read left me socked and sick to my stomach, it’s has many inaccuracies and several lies nag that didn’t even take place at the assessment!

My mum is so distressed by it, I am too, I can’t believe the assessor added things in that are blatant lies, I would be prepare to stand in court and swear on oath these things didn’t happen. Also daily activities which she requires support and prompting with have been manipulated and worded in such a way that it reads as if she can do them without support or promoting. Additionally facts I mentioned, which a decision maker would need to make a decision with are missing.

I don’t know what to do, I know if we ask for a reconsideration the DWP will just believe what the assessor has said. :(

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  • poppy12345
    poppy12345 Posts: 17,908 Forumite
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    pd52 wrote: »
    My mother had her PIP assessment recently , which I sat in with her. Due to my mums mental and physical disabilities I done most of the talking providing truthful facts. We requested a copy of the report which when we read left me socked and sick to my stomach, it’s has many inaccuracies and several lies nag that didn’t even take place at the assessment!

    My mum is so distressed by it, I am too, I can’t believe the assessor added things in that are blatant lies, I would be prepare to stand in court and swear on oath these things didn’t happen. Also daily activities which she requires support and prompting with have been manipulated and worded in such a way that it reads as if she can do them without support or promoting. Additionally facts I mentioned, which a decision maker would need to make a decision with are missing.

    I don’t know what to do, I know if we ask for a reconsideration the DWP will just believe what the assessor has said. :(
    Have you used the PIP descriptors online to add up any points that may have been recommended in the report? If you haven't then i'd advise you to do that.


    If there's not enough recommended then there's no reason why you can't start to write the MR letter. Once the decision's been made your mum will have 1 month from that date to request the MR.


    She should avoid mentioning any lies/contradictions that may have been told in the report because DWP/Tribunal won't be interested in any of those. You can't prove what did or didn't happen during the assessment.



    All they will be interested in is where you think she should have score those points and her reasons why. Adding a couple of real life examples of what happened the last time she attempted that activity for each descriptor that applies to her will also help.



    Most MR decisions do remain the same so please beware of that and she'll most likely have to take it to Tribunal.
  • Alice_Holt
    Alice_Holt Posts: 5,943 Forumite
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    When she gets the DWP decision letter, and if your mother disagrees with that decision  - then she should;
    a) Ask for the DWP to look at the decision again -
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/challenge-a-decision-made-by-the-department-for-work-and-pensions-dwp
    https://www.advicenow.org.uk/pip-tool
    b) See if her local advice agency can help with her appeal -
    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/contact-us/
    c) Some useful resources on which to base your MR - 
    https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/personal-independence-payment-pip/pip-points-system
    https://www.advicenow.org.uk/guides/how-win-pip-appeal
    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/831253/PIP-assessment-guide-part-2-the_assessment-criteria.pdf

    If she had a previous award ended by this assessment and her condition has not changed, an appeal to tribunal is statistically likely to be successful.
    https://www.buzzfeed.com/emilydugan/most-dwp-benefits-cases-which-reach-court-are-based-on-bad

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  • jak
    jak Posts: 2,027 Forumite
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    This happened to me. What I did was a mandatory reconsideration firstly. I was also so cross I called up the company that did the assessment. They gave me an address and I wrote a formal complaint letter. In this letter I included all the lies, of which there were many and backed up my information with medical letters. I dissected the entire report and put thing like ‘X, Y is untrue as letter from Dr Z shows’ etc. They ended up rewriting my report and apologised in writing. Always also complain in writing to the IAS (or whoever did the actually assessment) Part of the reason they get away with this is because people only complain to the dwp and it’s the assessment company that needs to here it. Hope that helps and don’t give up! X
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