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TOPIC: F2F assessment query

F2F assessment query 9 months 2 weeks ago #175421


My daughter received a letter today advising that she needs a f2f assessment which will be done as a home visit by capita.

My daughter was on an indefinite dla award since 2006 to was asked to apply for pip. Her condition remains unchanged since her dla application but she does not have specialists so we have limited supporting info which was accepted on a paper review after her initial 18 month dla award was due to expire.

Anyway one of my daughters conditions is anxiety disorder - 5 years ago she suffered a very traumatic personal experience and suffer with ptsd.

12 weeks ago her father died suddenly from a brain tumour and lung cancer, she hasn't coped well and emotionally and physically she is not in a good place, everything I read tells me that she will have to go ahead with the assessment but she is refusing, she is withdrawn and barely speaks in general anymore since her dad died and I obviously can't answer questions on her behalf.

Is it worth me trying to explain this to dwp / capita or should I just withdraw her pop application ?

Any advice appreciated thank you

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F2F assessment query 9 months 2 weeks ago #175423


I certainly would not withdraw the PIP application, in real terms you can't anyway as this is a transfer, but even if she does not participate, leave it to the DWP to decide that the claim needs to be closed.

You can rearrange the appointment once, so if you think that more time would help her manage the situation then give Capita a call, however, you can only do this once.

Notifying Capita of the problem may help, but I suspect you will need her GP to write to them with an update on her condition for it to have any effect.

I if course understand if you do not want to push it wither but does she realise the implications of not participating in the assessment? Her DLA will be closed!


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F2F assessment query 9 months 2 weeks ago #175502


Thank you for your helpful reply and advice - I think that even if I rescheduled an appointment realistically my daughters emotional /mental state won't really have altered in such a short space of time.

I think grief has added to her depression and anxiety and the time of year isn't the best for all of this with Xmas approaching and my husbands recent death etc,

I don't think capita would probably be very understanding either - my daughter also has cfs and lots of unexplained sensory problems and despite tests we have no answers or treatment other than the CFS has progressed so being uncomfortable and in pain is probably adding to things.

My daughter is withdrawn and knows the implications but doesn't care about herself her future anymore it's just a very difficult time to have been called for renewal. Not really sure what to do will think over the weekend thank you again

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