Hi there, I am not though will have to apply for PIP once my DLA ends - I will watch this with interest. Have you looked at benefitsandwork.co.uk? They have really good advice, though it's subscription only.
yes I get DLA and they sent me the forms for swapping to PIP.
After I did the form the assessment appointment came through depressingly quickly and with only a couple of weeks notice, I had to travel miles to the center too.
The assessment was quite degrading. I got the feeling the guy didn't believe a word I was saying. He asked the same questions over and over again in different words, the same questions that were on the form so I think the whole point is to try and catch you out? I am waiting to see if I get awarded anything but I think I will lose it all.
I strongly advise you have a friend or family member go with you to the assessment, it is extremely stressful and I don't think they understand mental health at all, all the questions are related to physical disability really.
The mobility questions are worded in a way that makes it almost impossible for anyone with a mental problem to qualify, even if you needed taxi or lifts everywhere.
Ive joined Benefits and Work so am reading through some of their guides just now, I have Citizens Advice coming out on the 11th to help me fill in the forms, but I'm not hopeful, I rarely leave the house but it's getting them to believe this.
yes one of my problems is getting out of the house, doing things like shopping is difficult.
The assessor really didn't seem to believe it when I said I don't generally go to new places without support. He asked many times through the interview about socializing and where I liked to eat out, go to the cinemar, pub, etc. I don't know what part of 'rarely leave the house alone' he didn't understand.
It is just so difficult having to tell a complete stranger about all the things you can't do and can't cope with.
Yes it is difficult trying to let others know how hard life can be, I had to appeal my ESA because I go to the shop which is opposite my house, I have my renewal for ESA coming up in February, so it will be a stressful few months.
Well that's the form through the post, thank God I have citizens advice coming out to help me fill it in, it's to be returned before 27th December, I hate that they have done this just before Christmas, Ive had to call my psychiatrist for an early appointment because of the way I am feeling.
There is a lot regarding mental health activity 11 planning and following a journey is a lot to do with mental health not your physical ability to do it. Majority of daily living questions cover mental health as well as physical. Shopping, house work are not taken into consideration
I get PIP for bipolar. I didn't expect to get awarded it to be honest as I didn't put a great deal of information on the form. When it came to the face to face interview however I wasn't long out of hospital having been in on a section and that obviously went in my favour.
Hi I claimed it for my dh who has bp2 in may last year and he was awarded at enhanced rate without a interview in october. He had been very ill and under the care of the crisis team all summer so im sure that helped.make sure when you fill the form in list ALL the help you need to function as that helps too. Good luck
I have just been turned down for Pip i was on dla im bi polar i also have mobility issues due to having a ripped tendon in my foot i take tramadol on prescription for the foot pain. I cant walk far and am in agony. In having special shoes made by the hospital orthotic department between my mental health issues and physical pain i dont know where to turn. Any advice please and thanks
I had to move from dla to pip and had my medical assessment even though the medic profession was not fully trained in mental health. The form and assessment was so degrading and I felt like I was talking to a wall even though I had my support worker with me. I had cried and worried for the past 2 weeks and I am convinced I am going to be turned down. A form and assessment needs to be created for mental health only