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TOPIC: Help with PIP review

Help with PIP review 4 months 1 week ago #193261

Hi, I hope someone can help me with some advice.
Just some medical background, I suffer from an incurable kidney disease and chronic bipolar disorder.

18 months ago I was moved from DLA to PIP. I signed up and paid for the benefitsandwork.co.uk subscription to download the PIP claims guides which were a fantastic help, especially the advice regarding using the correct descriptors. The outcome was I now receive both the standard living and mobility rates of PIP.

Last week I got a PIP review (AR1) form, but there seems little information around on how to accurately fill the form out. Citizens Advice states to just tick no change if there is no change and leave it as that, though the Benefits and Work site advice seems mixed and I read elsewhere that in the new PIP review form the standard descriptors used in a PIP application are ignored.
So far I've marked all the form as no change and in two sections, (even though marked as no change), given info on my symptoms deteriorating slightly but stated that it really had no change on my overall condition. I also have another current supporting letter from my GP, a supporting letter from a family member, an up to date letter from the DWP showing I am in the ESA support group, and up to date copies of all my prescriptions.
Is this enough? or should I fill every section out with information even though I have marked then as no change?

Also, is there relevant information and examples of the PIP review form in the current members only guides? I do not mind paying to access updated guides but as I already have paid for a PIP guide in 2015 I would like to know if the updated 2017 guide would be of any benefit before paying again.

Thanks in advance.

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Help with PIP review 4 months 1 week ago #193273

holt

There is a section in the current PIP Claim guide that covers the Review Form and some of the issues about how you fil it in.

You are being assessed against exactly the same Descriptors as you were when you completed the PIP2 form 18 months ago, with the exception of the Managing Treatments and Going Out activities which were updated in March of this year.

If you can post in the forum then you must have a current subscription and should have access to all of the guides.

Gordon
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Help with PIP review 4 months 1 week ago #193292

Gordon wrote: If you can post in the forum then you must have a current subscription and should have access to all of the guides.

I forgot the login to my old account and created this new one today. It let me post on the forum though weirdly wouldn't let me reply until I had subscribed. But I took out a new subscription.

Gordon wrote: There is a section in the current PIP Claim guide that covers the Review Form and some of the issues about how you fil it in
You are being assessed against exactly the same Descriptors as you were when you completed the PIP2 form 18 months ago, with the exception of the Managing Treatments and Going Out activities which were updated in March of this year

Thanks, I have downloaded the updated guide and read through the relevant sections.
And sorry, just to clarify, am I correct in thinking all I need to do is give a brief update to each question, even if I mark it as no change? And there is no need to include al the descriptor keywords, (safely, reliably and within a reasonable time) again?
Can I just put something short like "Due to my muscular weakness I continue to have difficulty holding and gripping items" or do I need to add in descriptors eg:"Due to my muscular weakness I continue to have difficulty holding and gripping items safely and reliably" ?

Thanks again for your help.

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Help with PIP review 4 months 1 week ago #193300

holt

The important thing is that you are happy with what you have included, don't forget that they are going to be looking at your previous PIP2 as well.

Gordon

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Help with PIP review (Successful review) 3 months 1 week ago #195332

Just to give an update if anyone strays across this old topic.
After only 3 and a half weeks after sending my AR1 review form back I received my PIP review assessment decision and have been award PIP on the same rates with the award extended to 5 years. In my award decision letter I received a full breakdown of the points awarded for each section and a summary from the case manager explaining their decision. In my case they explained that as I had provided detailed answers within the review form and also provided supporting evidence, that they had enough information to make a decision without the need for a face to face assessment and increased the number of years to my next review.

Obviously everyone's case is different, but my advice to those in a similar situation as myself, as in you have a disability or condition which is ongoing and unchanged, is that do not just tick "No change" and leave the answer blank as the DWP suggest. Make sure you fill out every section explaining the continued difficulties you have for each questioned activity. (I had a copy of my original PIP claim and used the answers I gave previously to created abbreviated answers on the PIP review form). I also made sure I used the key words "reliably and safely". And finally provide as much supporting evidence as possible, I provided an updated letter from my GP with a full list of all my current medication, a letter from a close family member, medical appointment letters and copies of a up to date repeat prescription.
In my particular case the fact I took a spent a lot of time on my review form and provided updated and relevant supporting evidence seems to have helped.
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Help with PIP review (Successful review) 3 months 1 week ago #195377

Holt

Very pleased for you. Well done.

Gordon

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