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PIP ANSWERS TOO LONG? 11 months 1 week ago #192916

Good to hear. The process is obviously stressful. I'm always concerned about providing so much information in my answers thinking they can't be bothered to read it and then rely wholly on the medical. For my ESA application I added 2 sheets of extra information in total and then just medical evidence. I was put in the support group for 5 years without a medical. With this PIP form my answers average now about 3 sides of handwritten A4 per answer so probably 2 sides of typed. Do you think they will actually read it?

PIP ANSWERS TOO LONG? 11 months 1 week ago #192920


I'll be honest and say that I don't know.

I believe a good assessor and DM will, however, I think we have to accept that some won't but we have to work to best case; if the info is not there in the first place then they can't read it :)

I would encourage members, if they have time, to go back through their answers, most people waffle (I know I do), when writing from their thoughts and I wouldn't be surprised if you could reduce the number of words used by a 1/3.

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PIP ANSWERS TOO LONG? 11 months 1 week ago #192931

Thanks, yes thats my plan. Before each question I read the relevant section of the guide again (and another guide specific to my health condition). I then make rough bullet points. Following that I hand write my answer in full. When I've finished I'll type up my hand written answers and in the process "finesse" them further which will include reducing waffle, repetition etc. One thing I wanted to know is the following - at the start of each question I mention my health condition and the resulting limiting symptoms which mean I can't do the task reliably. I have no problem repeating this for each question, in fact I think it's essential. However, once I have mentioned the cause of my symptoms once in a question, when naturally I mention the limiting symptoms again as reasons why I can't do the activity do I have to repeatedly name the same cause of the symptoms too - illness/ disability- every time I mention the symptoms within the same question?

PIP ANSWERS TOO LONG? 11 months 1 week ago #192943


I know it's a pain but I would repeat the information.

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PIP ANSWERS TOO LONG? 11 months 1 week ago #192946

Within the same question? So when explaining every detail of limitation a sentence would be - I can't do XX reliably due to my symptoms of XX caused by "X disability". I know I have to mention my disability which causes the limiting symptoms of the start of every single question. I was hoping that once I'd explained the disability which causes the symptoms at the start of the question that within the same question I could just stick to mentioning the symptoms. Every paragraph I write at the moment mentions my limiting symptoms with an uneccesary 'caused by" or "due to" X disability.

PIP ANSWERS TOO LONG? 11 months 1 week ago #192947

Apologies for any confusion I'm talking about writing within one single question. Not from question to question where I know I have to name my disability as the cause of my limiting symptoms repeatedly for each new question.
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