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TOPIC: PIP and Direct Payments

PIP and Direct Payments 1 week 2 days ago #175067

Hi, I,m currently appealing my PIP application and am at the stage of waiting for tribunal date.
I receive 28.5hrs of care from Social Services on the direct payments scheme, which pays for carers.
I am means tested and any money from PIP goes towards the cost of this care package (I previously had high rate care on DLA) -PIP awarded me 7 points for care component, so no money.

However, the Assessor recorded 3 times in her report that I receive a package of care from Social Services, which I feel has influenced the Decision Makers.

Can you please advise? Does receiving Direct Payments automatically mean that I do not meet the criteria for PIP, if so I have not read this any where?

Also feel in Catch 22, as Social Services increased my care hours but are likely to want to reduce the budget, but as yet I don't know what the outcome of the PIP appeal tribunal will be. Is it legal for Social Services to act on a 'cap' made on financial basis only, rather than on my care needs?

Hope you can help advise me. Thanks for your support.

standwithafist
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PIP and Direct Payments 1 week 2 days ago #175072

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standswithafist

The PIP Descriptors make no reference to Direct Payments so there is no reason why your receiving this should have a negative impact on your claim.

In fact having a Care Plan should be supportive of a PIP claim as it shows an independent evaluation of your limitations has recognised that you have significant daily problems.

Gordon
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PIP and Direct Payments 2 days 3 hours ago #175828

Just a follow up on this, Gordon.
I asked my Social Worker, who reassessed my care needs about the same time as my PIP f2f assessment.

She has given me a copy of the computer print out that includes a risk assessment, statement if need, a recommended outcome for an increase in care hours by 5 1/2hrs per week and a costing band (3).
Hurrah, I will use this towards my case for appeal and highlight where it is relevant to the descriptors.

You gave me the confidence to ask for. It.
Thanks standswithafist
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