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TOPIC: Can PIP answers be too long?

Can PIP answers be too long? 3 weeks 3 days ago #196260

I've been drafting my PIP answers before writing them in, and they're ridiculously long - like 2-3 pages for some questions. Is this going to be a problem? I might have tried to cut them down but I don't want to miss anything out, and if I have to do that I am definitely going to need a time extension.

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Can PIP answers be too long? 3 weeks 2 days ago #196286

Hi 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

It is a difficult question - you should include as much information as you need to explain your limitations in relation to the descriptors. However, you don't want the assessor to fall asleep wading through irrelevant material!

This is your claim and you need to feel happy with what you have submitted. If you don't give them the information, they cannot consider it!

Don't be afraid to request an extension if you need it.

May I suggest that you 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 or comments about your PIP without having to start a new topic each time. We ask members to keep everything relating to the same claim in one topic as it helps us enormously - and I hope you will find it useful too :)
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Can PIP answers be too long? 2 weeks 3 days ago #196650

Thanks for your reply. Different matter now:

How should I answer q11 (mixing with people)? There are a few different situations in which I interact with people, e.g. one-on-one with doctors I do/don't know, me and one or two people I know, large groups of people I don't know... and several problems/issues that can happen in different situations. Should I take each situation and say relevant things to doing that situation, or start with the list of things that can happen and say which situations they affect?

So e.g.
Situation: one-on-one with doctor I don't know: problems problems
Situation: with person I know well in my flat: issues issues

or

Problem: description of problem, happens in situation one-on-one with doctor I don't know and also with person I know well
Problem: description of problem, happens in situation with lots of unfamiliar people

or some other way?

Or is this more like with Q3: with q3, you consider a particular kind of preparing food - "a simple meal with fresh ingredients" and the things that affect you in doing that. So with q11 should I consider one or more specific example situations and explain what would happen?

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Can PIP answers be too long? 2 weeks 2 days ago #196671

anonia

Question 11 is about social interaction so you might want to consider that the fact that you can meet with an unknown doctor is because you do not see this as social.

So your answers need to be relevant to the Descriptors for this activity, if they vary depending on the situation then explain for each of these.

I would follow the formula used in the guide.

1. What is the health condition and what are the symptoms that cause you problems with interacting with other people? For example, depression or severe anxiety.
2. Describe the problems you have, giving details and examples if you can.
3. If you need physical help, supervision or prompting, whether you actually get it or not, explain what you need and why you need it. If you can’t manage even with help from another person, say so.
4. Say when during the day or night you have problems. For example, is it all the time, mostly in the morning or just in the evening?
5. If your condition varies, from day to day or week to week, try to explain how much it varies and what problems you have when you are at your best, worst and average.

Make sure you understand what "social support" means, there is a definition in the guide.

Gordon
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Can PIP answers be too long? 2 weeks 2 days ago #196674

"Question 11 is about social interaction so you might want to consider that the fact that you can meet with an unknown doctor is because you do not see this as social."

I can't really do doctors known or unknown very well - it generally has to be very carefully scripted or it won't go well, *especially* with consultants. And even with the script, doctors seem to have a tendency to say things that I didn't plan for or force me off script, which causes additional difficulties. So I put this in both communicating verbally (question 9) and mixing with people (question 11).

It was more a question of: is social interaction one person coming to my home, me going to one person's home, me going out and meeting several people at once, or all of the above? Should I follow the guide's formula for each of those situations, or is there one situation I should take as a model (like with question 3 and requiring chopping fresh ingredients) and answer relative to just that?

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Can PIP answers be too long? 2 weeks 2 days ago #196675

anonia

I would consider two scenarios, one on one and one to many.

Gordon
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