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TOPIC: PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon?

PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon? 4 months 1 day ago #165035

I hope it's OK to resurrect a very old thread, in the interests of keeping my questions about PIP all in one place.

When I receive the letter inviting me to claim PIP next month, I will have to write to them to request a paper version of the initial short form. Am I right in thinking that as long as they get my letter within the first 28 days, I will have met the requirements for starting a claim correctly?

Can I also ask for extra time to complete the main form when I request the short form? I hope to have it all done and ready, but just in case... the DWP handbook only gives a telephone number to ask for an extension.

Finally, is there any impression that it is prejudicial to exclude some of one's DLA medical evidence from the PIP assessor's gaze? My original medical some 7 years ago was mostly very good but had a couple of things in it that had to be argued against at reconsideration.

I have a good ESA medical (also about 7 years old but still accurate) that I plan to send in, plus GP letters, but not much else in the way of medical evidence (my Consultant doesn't do benefits reports).
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PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon? 4 months 1 day ago #165044

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I'm afraid a PIP claim is not considered as started until a claimant record has been built on the PIP computer system, although it should be possible to argue that once the DWP have a competed PIP1 form then the clock should stop.

Also, since we last spoke, several other members have had problems obtaining a paper PIP1 form, one member has actually been refused, so you should give some serious thought as to whether there are alternative ways to start a claim.

The DWP are supposed to allow extra time for vulnerable claimants to complete the PIP2, but I am not aware of anybody actually receiving this up front, more normally an extension is granted after the claimant has received the PIP2 after the claimants contacts the DWP by phone.

Not using your previous DLA evidence should have no effect on your assessment, it's perfectly possible that it no longer reflects your current problems.

Gordon
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PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon? 5 days 1 hour ago #175183

I have now been given a date for a home PIP assessment next week. Is there any way to electronically send extra evidence to ATOS before the f2f, and if so, is there any likelhood of it changing the need for a f2f?

If I can send the info to them electronically, how should it be sent (eg jpeg, pdf etc)? Also, to what email address please?

We have found an old DLA medical I didn't think I had, which would have been very useful, but is very long. If I can't send it to them now, is it wise to ask the assessor to read it when he/she comes, or is that just likely to be tiresome from their point of view? If the latter, would it be better just to hand it to him/her or...?
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PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon? 4 days 23 hours ago #175201

Hi Rl,

Your best bet is to contact the Assessment Provider and ask them whether you can email the report to them and, if so, what address you should use and what format.

It is worth taking another copy to the assessment and asking the assessor to read it if they have not done so already.
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PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon? 4 days 23 hours ago #175206

Thank you very much. Do you know if anyone has had a f2f cancelled after sending extra evidence?
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PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon? 4 days 23 hours ago #175211

Rainbowlight wrote:
Thank you very much. Do you know if anyone has had a f2f cancelled after sending extra evidence?

It is not common but we do hear of it from time to time.
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