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TOPIC: KATE's PIP Queries Topic !!!

KATE's PIP Queries Topic !!! 1 year 1 week ago #145002

I was given until today to let DWP know if I wanted my DLA to transfer to PIP. My carer rang 9.15am this morning and was told to ring back in two hours because their system is down. Just rung now and they are still saying their system is down. Tried to ask them to record that I've rung in but they just say call back later or tomorrow.
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Last PIP1 day to phone in - DWP lines are down! 1 year 1 week ago #145022

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I hope you got through.

Not a lot anyone can do when this happens. They should give people until tomorrow as it was their fault. You can appeal if you are discriminated against due to their failure.
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Last PIP1 day to phone in - DWP lines are down! 11 months 3 weeks ago #146428

My GP who knew me well has retired. Another GP in the Practice explained that she’d tried supporting patients with their PIP & disappointingly found DWP appear to ignore her input & want to carry out their own medical. She added that DWP will send a form for her to complete if they want extra info.

I wondered if it would be any use if I asked my GP during an appointment to provide a quick handwritten note for me, confirming the severity of my disabling condition (mental & physical difficulties) which means I rely on a carer for all aspects of personal care, dealing with post, decision making, communicating & journeys outdoors.

Would you say that attaching this type of quick short note is going to be sufficient to support my PIP2 form?
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Last PIP1 day to phone in - DWP lines are down! 11 months 3 weeks ago #146443

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Kate

You might want to raise the issue again with your new GP, although the DWP and Assessment Provider can contact the claimants GP for further information, the reality is that in the vast majority of claims they do not.

Whilst it will very much depend on the content, a short note is unlikely to be of assistance with your claim as it will simply not contain sufficient information to be of assistance.

If your GP won't help further and this is a possibility as they are not required to, you could look at your medical records, these often contain letters from consultants and other medical professionals that have treated you. See

Requesting your medical records

Charging for medical records

Gordon
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Last PIP1 day to phone in - DWP lines are down! 11 months 3 weeks ago #146455

Hi, I went through this with my PIP assessment, the DWP placed no weight on a letter my GP wrote about my illness and disabilities and how they affect my daily living. In fact they refused to consider it when reassessing my PIP appeal. I took them to the tribunal and got my award. In fact in the words of the Tribunal panel, "We have placed great weight on your GP's supporting letter as they are the person who knows you and your illness/disabilities in full, also having attended the tribunal in person we have been given an insight of your disabilities first hand"
My advise is don't be afraid to challenge the DWP
GOOD LUCK with your PIP Claim
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Last PIP1 day to phone in - DWP lines are down! 11 months 3 weeks ago #146477

I included all the summarised print outs of my last 8 years medical records which the receptionist at the Drs kindly gave me. I also included some letters from various specialists that, again my GP kindly printed out for me. I paid for an official GP letter which I was happy to do. I decided to include letters regarding my operations as far back as 1983 and further evidence that was a bit aged on condition diagnosis:) All this documentation was cited as the considered reason I was awarded enhanced Care and Mobility supported by assessor observations. It was also cited for my ESA award as proved by medical records and confirmed by assessor.

I and others have said this before, documentation and proof is the key. Even if you are badly assessed, you have significant reason to appeal if non of your evidence was taken into account.

Good luck.
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