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TOPIC: Helping friend with PIP, but count against my PIP?

Helping friend with PIP, but count against my PIP? 1 month 2 days ago #197370

Hi
I am have helped a friend typing up her answers to attache to her PIP form. We had to do that during short phone calls spaced out over 6 weeks because of both of our fatigue and pain got in the way etc. I am planning on being at her home assessment f2f, but that will take very big effort on my part as it is 30 mins drive away and I rarely go that far, let alone to be there for 9.30am. I rarely go out before 11.30am because of pain and fatigue and I have long periods of being housebound due to my own variable functional level due to disability. So it is something I can only do because I am not in a worse phase, and only as a one off - more than that I would end up in relapse.

I really want to support my friend who does need support. But will that count against me when my transfer from DLA to PIP comes along?
Have I blown it already by saying I helped her fill the form in when I wrote in support of her claim as a friend? And would going to the F2F at her home be noted against my name for when my time for PIP comes? We live in the same area, and she was originally directed to have her F2F in a room that ATOS rent once a week in my town. So there is a chance I would be assessed by the same health professional.

I am being unnecessarily worried?
Thanks,
Obble

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Helping friend with PIP, but count against my PIP? 1 month 2 days ago #197376

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

Welcome to Benefits and Work

We have not seen anyone who has had problems due to supporting someone else through a claim. To the best of our knowledge, there is no 'cross referencing' of claimant names.

If you have further questions please reply to this message and we will do our best to help :)
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Helping friend with PIP, but count against my PIP? 1 month 2 days ago #197384

Thank you so much for your reply. Phew! That is really good to know.
We have been using the very helpful Benefits and Work PIP guide, the face to face is this week coming so thus my jumping to the forum - too many things to deal with ..., including fatigue so I do appreciate your help. We will go through the guide prep for f2f section again this weekend.
Many thanks.
Obble
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