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edited 4 June at 11:25AM in Disability Money Matters
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edited 4 June at 11:25AM in Disability Money Matters
Are DWP doing PIP Assessments again yet ?
If so - how do they get around the social distance rules ?
They can't come within 2 metres of you - so do they do it all by sound and vision ?
And what happens if they send you a date - but you are too scared to attend ?
They won't get very much out of me - if it is a phone assessment - I don't / can't speak on the phone !
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  • poppy12345poppy12345 Forumite
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    Face to face assesments haven't resumed yet and there's been no further anouncements when this will happen. All reviews have been suspended and no forms are being sent out. This includes those waiting to be transfered from DLA.
    For all those that are waiting for assessments then it's either a phone assessment, paper based assessment or they will be made to wait until face to face assessments are back up and running again.
    The assessments don't apply to you because i believe you're still claimng DLA.
    Once face to face assessments are back up and running again if you refuse to attend then you're PIP will very likely be refused.

  • rachel6188rachel6188 Forumite
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    If you are due for a review they are extending the claim until December mine was due the 3rd June and they have extended it until the 3rd December x
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    If you are due for a review they are extending the claim until December mine was due the 3rd June and they have extended it until the 3rd December x

    The OP is still claiming DLA going by past threads of their's.
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    If you are due for a review they are extending the claim until December mine was due the 3rd June and they have extended it until the 3rd December x

    The OP is still claiming DLA going by past threads of their's.

    That is correct and I hadn't realised that PIP assessments were still off the cards - they were due to begin again at the start of last month (they were originally stopped for 3 months in early February)
    How much longer do you predict we will have to wait ?
    My mobility has deteriorated to the point where I am virtually immobile and I had planned to request a transfer to PIP !
    I know that the advice is to leave things as they are (DLA care) but I am now getting pretty bad !

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    edited 5 June at 4:10PM
    50Twuncle said:
    If you are due for a review they are extending the claim until December mine was due the 3rd June and they have extended it until the 3rd December x

    The OP is still claiming DLA going by past threads of their's.

    That is correct and I hadn't realised that PIP assessments were still off the cards - they were due to begin again at the start of last month (they were originally stopped for 3 months in early February)


    I'm not sure where you got that from but it's not correct. Face to face assessments were suspended from 17th March for at least 3 months. They are not yet back up and running as there's been no further announcements. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/face-to-face-health-assessments-for-benefits-suspended-amid-coronavirus-outbreak
    You've been posting about the transfer to PIP for quite sometime and i'm sure i've read in a previous thread of yours that your mobility had got worse some months ago, you could have reported the changes earlier but it was your decision not to that.
    Changes can still be reported and new claims can still be started and you will be sent the PIP2 forms to fill out and return. Assessment info remains as above until further announcements are made and i have no idea when that will be and i'm not predicting anything.

  • boysim344boysim344 Forumite
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    Hi i've got my pip assessment next week over the phone
  • TinyEagleTinyEagle Forumite
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    Hi There
    I was wondering if anyone can tell me if the telephone assessment on a new claim is the same as a face to face - in that they ask the same questions please? Sorry if this sounds really obvious! I'm so new to all of this. I have MS and have heard mixed reviews on how they assess this. Any help is very much appreciated.
    Thank You

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    TinyEagle said:
    Hi There
    I was wondering if anyone can tell me if the telephone assessment on a new claim is the same as a face to face - in that they ask the same questions please? Sorry if this sounds really obvious! I'm so new to all of this. I have MS and have heard mixed reviews on how they assess this. Any help is very much appreciated.
    Thank You


    The only difference between them is that with the phone assessment there's no visual proof. What questions they ask you will depend what you wrote on the form and how your conditions affect you.
  • TinyEagleTinyEagle Forumite
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    Hi There Poppy, thanks for your reply. All The Best Tiny
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    TinyEagle said:
    Hi There
    I was wondering if anyone can tell me if the telephone assessment on a new claim is the same as a face to face - in that they ask the same questions please? Sorry if this sounds really obvious! I'm so new to all of this. I have MS and have heard mixed reviews on how they assess this. Any help is very much appreciated.
    Thank You

    The only difference between them is that with the phone assessment there's no visual proof. What questions they ask you will depend what you wrote on the form and how your conditions affect you.

    Doesn't that leave the whole PIP claims system open to abuse ?
    Since I understand that they largely ignore doctors / specialists medical reports - are you sayng that they base their decisons purely on a single phone call ?
    Not that that helps me - my speech is not good enough to use the ohone for such a call !
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