Published on 12, July, 2020
I've commented on another thread but felt it fell on dead ears, so I'm bringing it back up to make a very important point in a more structured way.
I hope its useful to anyone who needs support but struggles with what is a very adversarial system. If it's of no use to you, no worries at all, have a nice day!
If you find yourself applying for, in this case PIP. It's easy to think the physical aspects don't apply. For instance you may think I CAN cook so I'm not eligible to any points in that section... The thing is... You might be...
The assessors are OBLIGED TO CONSIDER, especially with mental health conditions, that you will have good AND bad days, and that these can come and go, and last for different lengths of time each time...
The following list is the topics assessed for PIP...
Now tell me...
DO NOT ACTUALLY DO THIS,
I'M GIVING YOU A QUESTION TO ASK YOURSELF!!!
What do your BAD days look like?
It's easy to dismiss physical questions on the basis of I CAN do them... But if it's: I can sometimes, BUT, on a bad day/s I might not get dressed/showered/eat properly... that may well still score you points in these sections of the assessment. The question is often: how does your health condition affect your ability to X? NOT: can you X?
If you don't want to take my word, search the Web! Theres a ton of great advice and guidance available on the Web, from a host of legitimate charities.
I provide this as an advice having been through the "system" myself. I know full well just how adversarial DWP are! As I said previously though, they aren't there to trick you, but they aren't going to help you either...
Their job is purely collection of evidence. They may be trying to collect evidence from you for DWP, but they also HAVE to provide evidence YOU GIVE them to DWP.
All the best,
Thank you so much.
This is really informative. It will definitely be something I look into once I have received my diagnosis (if I remember. I have such a bad memory).
Hi Chris, would it be ok if I send you a private message - it's just to ask a question about this?
Sure, I've no problem with messages, I can be slow to reply... I've found myself taking more time over all posts and messages recently. But I will reply! :-)