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PIP Assessment

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mumblesdad Fri 19-Feb-16 22:06:30

I've just been given a date to go to a pip assessment after having received DLA for 9 years. After reading all the scary threads about the assessors would you ask for it to be recorded?

andthenthereweretwo Sat 20-Feb-16 16:14:43

Why would you want to do that? Incase they misinterpret what you're saying?

mumblesdad Sun 21-Feb-16 15:22:10

The internet seems full of assessors not listening to clients and assessors deliberately inputting false data to keep number of claims down.

GothyGeisha Sun 21-Feb-16 18:15:28

I wish I had recorded my daughters, the report was so twisted compared to what actually happened.

andthenthereweretwo Sun 21-Feb-16 18:56:32

I'm a PIP assessor and the training is all about listening and recording clients story correctly so I'm hmm at this.

potap123 Sun 21-Feb-16 19:02:38

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mumblesdad Sun 21-Feb-16 21:43:57

Thanks for the replies. My initial and perhaps main concern is that my condition/disability is such that there are very bad days, bad days and ok days..
On a very bad day I can't really get out of bed, a bad day means I can move around on crutches and a good/ok day is without crutches. If I do too much on a good/ok day then I can easily overdo it and the next day is a very bad day.

I have kept a work and personal diary for the last six months and in a typical month there are 14 very bad days , 8 bad days and 8 good days.

My concern is that they will only take the good days into account and decide I don't qualify for Pip when I've been on dla full mobility and low care for last 9 years

lilygirl81 Sun 21-Feb-16 21:56:51

One thing I would say is double check what the assessor types. In my assessment she phrased things in certain ways which made it look like they were insignificant, for example saying I enjoyed watching TV in bed, when I had said I was often bed bound and due to having to lie completely flat ended up spending most of my time watching rubbish on my tablet.

AndNowItsSeven Sun 21-Feb-16 21:59:31

You can't have a pip assessment recorded unless you bring your own tape to tape recorder and you tell them in advance.
They cost approx £800.

mumblesdad Wed 16-Mar-16 20:38:58

I've just had my assessment report. I was pretty annoyed after the interview thinking that the assessor didn't really listen to me and definitely put words in my mouth.. I decided though that I would wait to see what the result was.

I was expecting the worst today, when the letter arrived but was very surprised on reading the report that the assessor had totally listened to everything I had mentioned and although I still think the assessor led my replies, virtually everything I had said was recorded.

The end result was that for at least the next three years I keep the enhanced Mobility rate and the lowest care rate has increased to just below the medium rate which was a surprise.

It may well be that I have been very lucky but I'm glad that for now at least, it's over for a while as it did give me a few sleepless nights.

andthenthereweretwo Wed 16-Mar-16 21:50:03

Good to hear a positive story.

andthenthereweretwo Wed 16-Mar-16 22:03:17

Out of interest mumbles can I ask what your conditions are? 😀

mumblesdad Thu 17-Mar-16 10:34:16

Chronic arthritis, both knees and both ankles need operations and even after those ops, mobility will be severely limited. Diagnosis is that the arthritis will only get worse. Pain is a massive factor but as it is with the mobility there are good and bad days, but bad days outweigh the good by at least 3-1

andthenthereweretwo Thu 17-Mar-16 16:56:55

I'm glad you scored high enough to get an award, makes total sense. Glad you got mobility too.

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