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TOPIC: PIP claim

PIP claim 5 months 1 week ago #162156

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I've just received a letter asking me if I want to apply for PIP (I'm currently claiming DLA). I have a couple of questions that hopefully you can help me with.

1. Once I have received the form how long will I have to complete it.

2. Do I need to provide a GP report/letter and if so what would my GP need to put in it .

Thanks for any advice you could give me
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PIP claim 5 months 1 week ago #162167

Hi P and Welcome to the forum, you might want to have a look at the following FAQ which explain where everything is

Welcome to Benefits and Work

Firstly you will initiate the claim. It can be done by post but is much easier by phone! Our PIP guide details the information you will need when you make that call. Claimants are no longer sent a copy of the PIP1 form to check and sign.

A PIP2 form will be sent to you in the next couple of weeks and you will be given one month to complete it - but this includes the time it took to get to you. extensions of 14 days are usually given on request.

When you complete the PIP2 form you should submit whatever supporting documentation you have. If your GP will write a letter of support it will be helpful. Even better if it specifically refers to the 'descriptors' for PIP (explained in the guide).

The criteria for PIP are very different from those for DLA and this has caught some people out. Please make full use of the guide when completing the PIP2 form (after all, you have paid for it! :) )

You might want to bookmark/favourite this on your web browser now so that you can find it easily in future. This will allow you to return with further questions/comments relating to your PIP claim without having to start a new topic each time. It helps us enormously when everything relating to the same claim is kept in one place - and I hope you will find it useful too :)
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PIP claim 5 months 6 days ago #162269

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Thanks for your reply.
Can I just ask is can the form be completed on line (like ESA) then printed and signed.

I have looked but can't find any info.

Thanks
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PIP claim 5 months 6 days ago #162288

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P wrote:
Thanks for your reply.
Can I just ask is can the form be completed on line (like ESA) then printed and signed.

I have looked but can't find any info.

Thanks

I'm afraid the PIP2 can only be completed on paper, each page has a unique bar code, so the form sent to you must be used.

However, you can put your answers on separate pages and attach them to the back of the form, if you do this then make it clear (by hand) where your answer to each question is and make sure that each page you add has your full name and National Insurance Number and that each page is numbered.

Attach the pages firmly to the back of the form with a staple or treasury tag, the DWP will want to scan the whole thing so the pages need to be detachable.

Gordon
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PIP claim 5 months 4 days ago #162409

I also have a query regarding information to send in (although a bit late at this stage as I have just been 'invited' to apply for PIP and completed the forms with the help of this site.. I have been a member of B&W for several years, but even so, I was caught on the hop as I had not expected to be asked until next year. I'm currently on indefinite higher rates for DLA and ESA and am worried sick. Especially as I have just posted that news article today where it said 70% of DLA to PIP are failing to get any award. However, I digress ;) ;) . My question is, should we all be asking for our medical reports? I didn't have anything in writing confirming my diagnoses. I only had some appointment letters. Mostly, the hospital take your appointment letter when you hand it to them on the day. The accompanying literature/instructions from the DWP says 'Do not request medical reports as this may delay the return of your form'. I have never routinely asked for copies of the written confirmation of scan results/operations/x rays etc., In fact, in my days you weren't supposed to be able to even look at your medical records, let alone ask your G.P. for copies of the letters. I put my reason for not having any medical reports as above. Will I be refused because they don't have my medical information. I thought my prescription print out from my dossette box would show them how much pain I'm in along with confirmation of what they would be used for i.e. Morphine/Duloxetine/Pregabalin/ Amytryptiene etc., etc. What do you think? Many thanks in advance for any advice.

Sorry, one other question regarding the submission of your PIP2. Do you think they have one person or a machine which routinely goes through the tick boxes and only refers on, the forms that qualify for an award? I only wondered about this as my hands get a lot of pain and I find writing particularly difficult. It took me nearly two weeks to complete the form in workable chunks. My writing was so bad, that even I had a job reading it. I just can't imagine somebody trawling through all the info' we have written unless absolutely necessary. Especially when we read about the time constraints that ATOS and CAPITA are under. What do you think about this as well? Once again, many thanks in advance for any help/advice.

P.S. This is a fabulous site. I feel I have an old, very good friend to talk to when I visit your site. Well done to whoever set up this site to start with and to thank all the MODs for their wonderful help and advice.
P wrote:
I've just received a letter asking me if I want to apply for PIP (I'm currently claiming DLA). I have a couple of questions that hopefully you can help me with.

1. Once I have received the form how long will I have to complete it.

2. Do I need to provide a GP report/letter and if so what would my GP need to put in it .

Thanks for any advice you could give me
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PIP claim 5 months 3 days ago #162456

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I have left you post in place due to the quote but we ask member to not post their questions in other people's topics, it's not fair on the original poster and it can lead to the wrong advice being given or taken.

In case anybody else is reading this, the news article says that 30% of DLA to PIP claimants are not receiving an award, not 70%, although this is bad enough!

It's possible that the reports you would like to include are already part of your medical records, you can request to see these at your GP practice. See

Requesting your medical records

Charging for medical records

Your repeat prescription is unlikely in itself to show that you will have problems with the PIP activities, whilst I appreciate that it is often not the case I think it likely that the assessor and the Decision Maker will assume that pain medication is prescribed to remove pain and the limitations that might result from it.

No, there is not a machine that scans the tick boxes!!!

Gordon
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