The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is extra money to help you with everyday life if you have an illness, disability or mental health problem.
When the PIP is granted, it is awarded for a fixed period of time – from three months to ten years.
The Department for Work and Pensions, however, has the right to revise this award notice at any time.
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Typically, if it’s for a set number of years, you’ll be given this review form to complete up to a year before your current scholarship ends, reports the Daily Record.
Your original award letter can tell you the likely review date.
What happens during a PIP exam?
The DWP will submit a shorter form than the How Your Disability Affects You (PIP2) form for reviews of existing awards, this form is currently referred to as the PIP Awards Review Form or Form AR1.
Even if you have an ongoing scholarship, you may receive a review form to complete.
It is important to understand that your scholarship may be changed or removed based on the information you provide.
Return review form
As a general rule, the deadline for returning the form will be one month after the date sent by the DWP, and this will be clearly indicated on the letter which is included.
Because it may have taken a few days to arrive and you need to allow time to return it, this means you may have less than a month to complete the form itself – so don’t delay fill it.
If you do not return your form by the deadline, your PIP may be terminated even though it may be years before your scholarship ends.
If you are unable to meet the deadline, particularly if you need someone else to complete the form for you, you should call the DWP at the telephone number listed on the first page of the letter and ask an extension as soon as possible.
A free postal envelope is included with the form, which means you can return it without needing a stamp, however, you may prefer to send the form by registered post or obtain proof of postage – especially if you send it near the deadline Date.
Whatever you do, try to scan or photocopy the form before sending it in so that you have a copy for your records.
You can also take photos of each page with your mobile phone or tablet.
What happens next
The form is first sent to a DWP case manager, rather than a medical professional, who will “compare the new information against evidence from the previous assessment”.
The case manager may also contact you or your caregiver for more information, but cannot send additional medical evidence.
If the Case Manager cannot make a decision, all information is forwarded to Independent Assessment Services or Capita for assessment by a healthcare professional.
According to the DWP, the medical professional will have access to the price review form, any additional evidence obtained by the case manager, and “all relevant medical evidence.”
What is unclear is whether the most recent PIP 2 form “How your disability affects you” will be viewed by the healthcare professional.
The health professional will initially try to make his assessment only on the papers. Only if this is not possible will you need to attend a face-to-face, telephone or video call assessment.
A decision will then be made by a case manager in the usual way.
When completing the PIP Award review form, it is important to remember that you are trying to convince a DWP case manager, not a medical professional, that your evidence is specific and detailed enough for a decision. be taken.
Consent and declaration
The first section of the review form asks you to sign to indicate that the information you provide in the review form is correct and complete and that you will notify the DWP of any future changes in circumstances.
In Section 2, the form asks for details of the primary healthcare professional involved in your care and asks you to consent to DWP, Independent Assessment Services or Capita contacting them for information.
Providing medical evidence yourself means it will be seen at the very beginning of the review process.
You must also provide information about your medical condition, medications, and details of any treatment, therapy, surgery, and hospital admissions that have occurred since the date your previous PIP application was reviewed by the DWP .
What has changed for you
The form now guides you through each of the activities of daily living covered by your original PIP application, from preparing food and eating and drinking to socializing with other people and making decisions about life. ‘silver.
It also covers the two mobility activities, Planning and Following a Trip and Getting Around.
For each of these activities, you are asked the following questions regarding any changes since DWP last reviewed your application:
- Tell us if anything has changed and approximately when
- Tell us how you handle this activity now, including the use of any aids you use
- Tell us about any changes you need or help you get from someone else
- Tell DWP if something has changed and approximately when
- The activity may have become easier because you have new aids or adaptations, you have more effective medication, you have learned to manage things better, or simply because your condition has improved over time. .
- The activity may have become more difficult because your condition has deteriorated or because you have developed a new condition
Or things may not have changed at all since you last applied for PIP.
If there has been no change in the difficulty or ease with which you find an activity, you should still give detailed information about the difficulties you are having with each activity in the same way as you did. in the PIP2 form “How your disability affects you”.
Benefits and Work, an independent benefits forum, which offers advice and guidance to disability benefit claimants, said: ‘We have certainly heard from claimants who have declared ‘no change’ and whose PIP award has been renewed at the same rate.
“However, we also heard from people who said ‘no change’ throughout and were still called for a face-to-face assessment. During this assessment, the healthcare professional may or may not have a copy of your most recent grant review form or PIP2 form “How your disability affects you”.
“So there’s a real risk that if you just say ‘no change’ you could end up at an assessment where the healthcare professional has very little information about how your condition is affecting you. You will then be entirely dependent on their ability to ask the right questions and record your evidence accurately. »
To give a clear picture of how your conditions continue to affect you, for example, you might start by stating, “Due to my lack of vision, I continue to have problems preparing and cooking food” or ” Due to arthritis in my hands, I still have a hard time grasping things.
Then describe the problems you are having in food preparation in the same way as you described in the ‘How does your disability affect you’ form.
If your condition has not changed and you still have your previous PIP2 claim form, there is no reason why you should not use it as a basis for your answers, but try to give up-to-date examples in wherever possible.
Although this makes filling out the form a little longer than simply stating “no change”, Benefits and Work explains that “this means that even if the decision is against you, if you have to go to an appeal tribunal , you will be able to show that you have provided consistent evidence at every stage of your claim.”
When you return the form, you must also send supporting information to show how your medical condition or disability affects your daily life.
You must include copies of one of the following documents:
- A list of your prescriptions
- A copy of your care plan, if you have one
- All documents given to you by healthcare professionals, including reports and letters (not appointment letters)
It is also a good idea to attach all documents to the form so that they are not separated.
You must not send:
- Original documents
- Appointment letters
- Copies of anything you’ve already sent to the DWP
If you need help completing the form, Citizens Advice has a dedicated section on their website and advisers who may be able to offer further support.
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