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PIP F2F Assessment

bigjock123bigjock123 Posts: 18Member Connected
My dla is coming to an end & i was told i would need to apply for pip, i did this at the end of october & on Saturday (yesterday Jan 4th 2020) i received a phonecall telling me that an assessor would be in my area this coming Monday (Jan 6th) & would it be ok for him to visit me between 11am-1pm, i am pleased to get a home visit as i thought they would refuse me one, so is this a good sign that my evidence has shown how bad my mobility is & i have a good chance of meeting the descriptors, as i'm afraid to get my hopes up after hearing so many horror stories about pip.


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 17,455Community champion Disability Gamechanger

    Having a home assessment doesn't mean anything other than it's taking place in your own home, rather than at an assessment centre. It doesn't mean you'll automatically score points for any descriptors, that will totally depend on how your conditions affect you. PIP and DLA are different benefits with different criteria.

    During the assessment you will need to verify what you wrote in the form and answer any additional questions. You'll be watched from the minute they arrive to the minute you leave.

    You will need to answer all the questions yourself unless you have an appointee and then they will be able to answer them on your behalf.

    Once the assessment is complete a report will be written and returned to DWP. Wait a week after the assessment and you can ring DWP to request a copy of that report. Once you receive it use the PIP descriptors online to compare the recommendations in that report against the PIP descriptors. From that you'll be able to see what points are recommended, if any. Usually they go with the report, it's rare to go against it. Of course you'll still need to wait for a decision to be made but if you're not happy you'll have 1 month to challenge that decision.

    Your DLA will continue until a decision's been made on the PIP.

    Good luck.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • ilovecatsilovecats Posts: 1,026Member Pioneering
    That fact it is a last minute assessment most likely means they had a cancellation and you were next to be seen, not necessarily that you needed a home consultation. Try not to read into it or it will drive you nuts!
  • bigjock123bigjock123 Posts: 18Member Connected
    Thanks guys, i will keep you updated on how it goes & hopefully i'll recive some good news in a few weeks.
  • bigjock123bigjock123 Posts: 18Member Connected
    Quick update guys, got a phone call to tell me my assessment has been cancelled today & will now take place on 28th Jan, so now i will just have to wait a little bit longer to see how it goes. Will keep you updated as things progress.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Posts: 5,284Administrator Scope community team
    It's a shame it was cancelled last minute but it's good they've already given you another appointment. 
    Best of luck with it @bigjock123
    Senior Community Partner
  • bigjock123bigjock123 Posts: 18Member Connected
    Thanks Adrian, the way i look at it is, i've waited this long, i can wait another 3wks, plus the longer it takes the longer i still get my dla.
  • bigjock123bigjock123 Posts: 18Member Connected
    Another update guys, just had another phonecall to tell me my assessment on 28thJan is also cancelled & it will now take place on 10th Feb, that's the 3rd date i've now be given, oh well the longer it takes, the longer i'll have my DLA.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,189Administrator Scope community team
    Sorry to hear this @bigjock123! It must be extremely frustrating. I hope it goes well on 10th February. :)
    Online Community Officer
  • bigjock123bigjock123 Posts: 18Member Connected
    Thanks Chloe, hopefully it goes ahead on the 10th, it doesn't bother me,but my daughter wants to be there with me & she keeps having to change her day off to be here.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,189Administrator Scope community team
    Fingers crossed for you then @bigjock123
    Online Community Officer
  • bigjock123bigjock123 Posts: 18Member Connected
    UPDATE...happy to say my home assessment took place on Monday, it seemed to go ok, guy was quite nice & at the end he gave me a quick examination to check some of my movements, he told me not to stand, but just do some minor movements sitting down, but he noticed how much pain i was in & stopped it immediately & told me to sit back & get my breath back & he wasn't going to bother me any more. Hopefully i get some news in the next 4-6 weeks, if i haven't heard anything by 8wks i've to give them a phone. The day after this, i received a text from DWP telling me they had received the assessors report & would be in touch with me in the near future.
  • blue32blue32 Posts: 33Member Connected
  • FlorineFlorine Posts: 28Member Listener
    Don't forget you can request a copy of the assessor's report now and have a look at it, if you want, before the decision is made.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,189Administrator Scope community team
    I'm glad to hear it went okay @bigjock123. As @Florine has suggested, you will be able to ring up and request a copy of the report. 

    This will give you an indication about what decision to expect as the normally go with the report.

    Please do let us know how you get on. :)
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