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    • SkipClick
    • By SkipClick 24th Apr 19, 8:37 PM
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    Strange questions during their interview pip?
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    • 24th Apr 19, 8:37 PM
    Strange questions during their interview pip? 24th Apr 19 at 8:37 PM
    Okay I had my pip just wonder if any one else have strange questions during their interview with the ascendant? Like here just a few I had.

    Do you have a face book account? - my answer to my self what this got to do with pip?.

    Have you got paid previous back pay? - would of thought you know this answer if you I haven't!.

    Thats about it far as I remember them.
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 24th Apr 19, 9:11 PM
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    • 24th Apr 19, 9:11 PM
    Do you have a face book account? - my answer to my self what this got to do with pip?.
    Originally posted by SkipClick
    Unless you are using text-to-speech or a tactile braille display, using face book will get you 0 points for PIP:

    8. Reading and understanding signs, symbols and words.
    a. Can read and understand basic and complex written information either unaided or using spectacles or contact lenses. 0 points.
    And if you can understand pay and benefits you probably score 0 points on budgeting.

    10. Making budgeting decisions.
    a. Can manage complex budgeting decisions unaided. 0 points.
    b. Needs prompting or assistance to be able to make complex budgeting decisions. 2 points.
    c. Needs prompting or assistance to be able to make simple budgeting decisions. 4 points.
    d. Cannot make any budgeting decisions at all. 6 points.
    https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/personal-independence-payment-pip/pip-points-system
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 24th Apr 19, 11:17 PM
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    • 24th Apr 19, 11:17 PM
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    • 24th Apr 19, 11:17 PM
    It's all part of the "small talk" for them to get a picture of how your conditions affect you. Very much like when someone says they can only walk a certain distance and then the HCP asks them " do you have a dog"
    • UKTigerlily
    • By UKTigerlily 25th Apr 19, 8:52 AM
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    • 25th Apr 19, 8:52 AM
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    • 25th Apr 19, 8:52 AM
    I got asked this also, I said I did but only have 1 person added there due to my issues etc and it didn't affect anything negatively
    • wild666
    • By wild666 25th Apr 19, 5:42 PM
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    • 25th Apr 19, 5:42 PM
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    • 25th Apr 19, 5:42 PM
    Do you have a face book account? - my answer to my self what this got to do with pip?.

    Have you got paid previous back pay? - would of thought you know this answer if you I haven't!.
    MY reply would be 1. None of your f**king business and to number 2. What the F**K has it got to do with you?
    They are trying to reduce award levels from enhanced to standard and from standard to nothing IMHO I would be emailing the company CEO as soon as I got home or they left your home.
    These are questions that have nothing to do with PIP and ESA come to think of it you could have an account but haven't been on it for years. PIP and whether you can read and write or post on the website is not part of a PIP assessment the assessor is well outside their boundaries for the assessment of a claimant.
    Someone please tell me what money is
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 25th Apr 19, 7:55 PM
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    • 25th Apr 19, 7:55 PM
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    • 25th Apr 19, 7:55 PM
    MY reply would be 1. None of your f**king business and to number 2. What the F**K has it got to do with you?
    Originally posted by wild666
    Perfect way to have your assessment stopped for being aggressive.
    • w06
    • By w06 26th Apr 19, 10:11 AM
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    • 26th Apr 19, 10:11 AM
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    • 26th Apr 19, 10:11 AM
    They're just questions to gain a picture of how you function in everyday life, I don't see why they prompt suspicion and aggression in the above posters.

    A few years ago now but one of the hardest to answer questions I was asked at my PIP assessment was 'what do you use the internet for?', having established that I do use the internet. It would've been easier to list what I don't use it for!

    And yes I have dogs too, and work, didn't negatively affect my PIP award
    • wild666
    • By wild666 26th Apr 19, 1:16 PM
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    • 26th Apr 19, 1:16 PM
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    • 26th Apr 19, 1:16 PM
    Perfect way to have your assessment stopped for being aggressive.
    Originally posted by poppy12345
    Whether or not the claimant has a Facebook account or received any back pay is none of their business. They use anything to reduce of not give awards of benefits. The claimant can always stay silent if they ask that type of question as they have nothing to do with the PIP or ESA assessments. Maybe swearing would stop the assessment but some will swear if asked a question that is nothing to do with the assessment.
    If the claimant says YES to the Facebook question then the assessor could do a search on the site for the claimant to find the person and put something in the report like regularly, or on Facebook daily,
    Someone please tell me what money is
    • SkipClick
    • By SkipClick 29th Apr 19, 1:29 PM
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    • 29th Apr 19, 1:29 PM
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    • 29th Apr 19, 1:29 PM
    If the claimant says YES to the Facebook question then the assessor could do a search on the site for the claimant to find the person and put something in the report like regularly, or on Facebook daily,
    Originally posted by wild666
    I just said yes and rarely go on it due to scary lol!. But to me their are lot of people with the same name what got me I see where you coming from. Just bit odd could of say as well twitter or how to use the keyboard.
    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 30th Apr 19, 5:22 PM
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    It has absolutely nothing to do with PIP but they are just trying to confirm that you spend your day, sitting stationary in a chair - rocking and moaning to yourself and probably dribbling at the same time !


    If they ask me that question, when I am eventually PIP'd - I would truthfully like to say "NO but I do have a Twitter account - that I used last, about 18 months ago - to contact my local water authority when I was cut off supply without any warning - and my speech is not good enough to phone them - it turns out that the water mains had burst down the road" but of course THIS WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE due to poor speech !
    • Pensioned Off
    • By Pensioned Off 13th May 19, 1:54 PM
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    God, you lot are paranoid.

    Course they can ask if you use social media - it relates to socialising, IT skills, Dexterity, communication, mental health, concentration and all sorts of things.

    I said I did use it - it's a way to keep communicating with friends when my disability stops me from getting to physically see them.

    I also answered questions about wearing make-up, getting my hair coloured and cut, going to clubs, getting my shopping etc.

    They are trying to establish how you live your life - no need to tell them to f off - they are just doing their job.

    No one downgraded me for telling them the truth. I went in full make-up, fresh haircut and said I used Facebook a lot during the day.
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 20th May 19, 12:25 PM
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    But the system makes us paranoid - I'm terminally ill, and no-one was able to tell me what he process would be, not the NHS, not the support groups specific to my condition, and I was panicking in anticipation of yet another battle when all I want to do is live the rest of my life in peace. One morning I bit the bullet and called the PIP helpline - turns out there's a fast track system for the terminally ill. Just needed to get one simple form signed
    Why am I in this handcart and where are we going ?
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 20th May 19, 3:19 PM
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    turns out there's a fast track system for the terminally ill. Just needed to get one simple form signed
    Originally posted by unrecordings

    For this then the diagnosis has to be within 6 months, if so then it's the DS1500 form that your GP/Consultant needs to fill in.

    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/pip/help-with-your-claim/how-to-claim-if-terminally-ill/
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 20th May 19, 3:22 PM
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    I'm terminally ill, and no-one was able to tell me what he process would be, not the NHS, not the support groups specific to my condition

    turns out there's a fast track system for the terminally ill. Just needed to get one simple form signed
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    That's very poor service - both those organisations should be aware of the special rules for benefits.
    • tacpot12
    • By tacpot12 20th May 19, 7:03 PM
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    Whether or not the claimant has a Facebook account or received any back pay is none of their business. They use anything to reduce of not give awards of benefits. The claimant can always stay silent if they ask that type of question as they have nothing to do with the PIP or ESA assessments. Maybe swearing would stop the assessment but some will swear if asked a question that is nothing to do with the assessment.
    If the claimant says YES to the Facebook question then the assessor could do a search on the site for the claimant to find the person and put something in the report like regularly, or on Facebook daily,
    Originally posted by wild666
    I think you are wrong, and irresponsible for suggesting to benefit claimants that they should not answer the questions that the state wants to ask. If you want help from the state, you need to accept the tests that state sets. You don't like the test, persuade your MP to change the, or don't claim the benefits. You have to expect to prove you are entitled to them, because some people claim them when they don't need to.
    The comments I post are my personal opinion. While I try to check everything is correct before posting, I can and do make mistakes, so always check official information sources before relying on my posts.
    • Bananas123
    • By Bananas123 21st May 19, 4:27 AM
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    MY reply would be 1. None of your f**king business and to number 2. What the F**K has it got to do with you?
    Originally posted by wild666

    good way to get sectioned and as opposed to pip...
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 21st May 19, 6:26 AM
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    unrecordings
    For this then the diagnosis has to be within 6 months, if so then it's the DS1500 form that your GP/Consultant needs to fill in.

    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/pip/help-with-your-claim/how-to-claim-if-terminally-ill/
    Originally posted by poppy12345
    Yup exactly this
    Why am I in this handcart and where are we going ?
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 21st May 19, 6:34 AM
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    That's very poor service - both those organisations should be aware of the special rules for benefits.
    Originally posted by Mojisola
    I understand both are under great pressure, but in every other respect I'm getting fantastic support. I guess my point is that the government need to get their finger out and properly fund these services & the NHS

    (gingerly gets off high horse...)
    Why am I in this handcart and where are we going ?
    • Pensioned Off
    • By Pensioned Off 24th May 19, 2:11 PM
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    I understand both are under great pressure, but in every other respect I'm getting fantastic support. I guess my point is that the government need to get their finger out and properly fund these services & the NHS

    (gingerly gets off high horse...)
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    I think you've been exceptionally unlucky with the advice you weren't given.

    All through the processes for myself and my mother, we were given advice and pointers.

    The support services could simply have Googled to find the answer and all GP services are also geared up to providing paperwork for terminal illness... the issue being the timeframe.

    A good friend of mine was given a terminal diagnosis but told (happily for us) that 'terminal' meant about 5 years... then the system treats the person under the normal rules rather than fast tracking the application.

    Your medical team and charity should have done better because the info is right there and available to everyone with just a simple check of the Gov.UK site.

    I hope you have many good days to enjoy - PIP should be the furthest thing from your mind.
    • matrix11001
    • By matrix11001 27th May 19, 6:04 AM
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    It's all part of the "small talk" for them to get a picture of how your conditions affect you. Very much like when someone says they can only walk a certain distance and then the HCP asks them " do you have a dog"
    Originally posted by poppy12345
    There is no such thing as small talk - it's them just them trying to find ways to deny you benefits - the assessments are all about finding out what you can do so they can twist the report to say you aren't entitled to anything
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