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Is my wife entitled to PIP?

Q007Q007 Posts: 1Member Listener
Hello I've just joined, my illness is mental, the full set. I've been confined to a room by my own choice and its been 12 years. It's taken a decade to be recognised by the DWP and family, I fell from grace from being an MD to nothing.
I need some help please, bit more than a one liner would be good.
My estranged wife gets carers allowance for me but has severe joint pains and finds it very difficult with household chores etc. Can she claim PIP as well as myself? What would be the process, if anyone can guide us that would dearly appreciated. Kind regards Q.



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  • steve51steve51 Posts: 5,861Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Q007

    Welcome it’s great to meet you today.

    I am one off the “Community Champion’s” on our site.

    We have got a “Benefit Calculator” which will be ideal for you.

    Here’s a link below for you.

    https://www.scope.org.uk/support/disabled-people/benefits/check

    Please please let me know if I can help you further?????
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 1,705Administrator Scope community team
    Hi @Q007
    Welcome to our community. Just to get you started we have a How To Guide here, you can see all the latest posts here, jump in and get involved and don't worry we are a friendly bunch!  
    If you need anything, just let us know. 




    Scope
    Specialist Information Officer - Cerebral Palsy
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 14,935Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    PIP isn't awarded based on a diagnosis, or whether or not you're able to do household chores. It's how your conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activities based on the PIP descriptors.


  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Posts: 5,250Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome

    Provide your wife meets the criteria for an award there is nothing to stop her making a claim

    Get face to face advice from CAB, welfare rights or similar whenever possible

    DLA and PIP use different criteria for awards

    Just because you had DLA indefinately does not guarantee you will qualify for PIP

    When making the initial phone call ask for your DLA to be taken into consideration if applicable

    When you receive your PIP2 form you can ask for an extension of two weeks to complete and return it if need be.

    It is important to understand the points system, descriptors and criteria for an award Have a look at the B&W self test

    http://www.mybenefitsandwork.co.uk/pip/indexxx.php

    PIP is about how your condition affect your functionality. The "HOW"
    Medical evidence is only usefull to explain the "WHY. On its own, medical evidence will not win you an award
    Only send relevant medical evidence. More is not always better. HCP's and DM's will not spend time combing through your edition of War and Peace to find the facts.

    Most claimants will be required to attend a f2f assessment, usually at a centre.

    If you are unable to attend a centre and need a home visit, you will normally require a GP's letter stating explicitly that you cannot attend a centre and why. There must be no ambiguity.

    When you receive an appointment date you can rearrange it once only, you must then attend the new appointment

    Failure to attend will result in your file being returned to the DWP and your claim maybe closed.

    When you do attend the assessment you may take a companion for support.

    Make no special effort, be yourself

    Take your medication as prescribed

    Most people with long term conditions have learned to manage and conceal their condition. On the day you must become "disabled" for the assessor to see the real you, otherwise an incorrect assessment is likely.
    I am in no way suggesting that anyone should put on an act and pretend to be worse than they are, many people are already stressed, but at the same time it will not help if the claimant " Puts on a brave face" as my gran used to say

    If you have a home visit, the assessor is just the same as any visitor , they do not have the right to look around your home.

    If possible have a companion with you

    Keep to your normal routine. If at the appointed time you are normaly still in bed or not dressed, then, if you are comfortable, there is no reason to alter that.

    You decide which room the assessment takes place in
    Assessors may arrive early or late so be ready. Have your ID and medication list to hand.

    The assessor will be observing everything you do from the start, how you sit, stand, walk, handle items such as bags and coats.

    Don't expect them to answer many questions, they have an agenda and will want to stick to it.

    If you have a companion they can take notes.

    After the assessment you should ring the DWP and ask for a copy of the report, but wait for 3-4 days for them to receive it. Do not be fobbed off, you are entitled to it no matter what the phone jockey tells you.

    When you receive the report it will give you an indication of your possible award it is a recommendation only, it is the DM that makes the decision and it may differ.

    When you receive the decision letter, you have a month from the date on the letter to ask for a mandatory reconsideration, no extension is normally given. You can do so by phone and or letter.

    If you have received an award the decision letter will tell you what it is, how much and from when.
    If it is a new claim it will be dated from the day of the first phone call. If a change from DLA then it should be dated the day after your DLA stops. If it is a review then it should be a continuation with any back date if a higher award is given

    Look for both the end date and the "We will contact you after " date. Reviews are usually carried out a year before the end date. Some shorter awards have an end date and you will have to reapply.

    Some useful links

    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ment-providers
     
    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/be...nd-carers/pip/

    https://www.rethink.org/resources/p

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
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