can i get P I P

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Ive been signed of sick from work since November 2014, due to aggrevated depression, anxiety and low self esteem.due to humiliation at work, basically bullied. Ive been seeing a councellor since December, had fortnightly visits to my Dr, i cant go out or socialise, dont sleep properly and i tried to find out what if any benefits i would be entitled to. I was on full pay till the end april and now on half pay at least until November, i finally got some helpful imformation from the D W P who sent me a P I P form, filled it in , sent it back, since then ive found out that it takes 16 weeks to get an assesment has anybody else been trough anything like this and if so how long did you wait, if id found out about P I P in december i may have had assesment by now although i did see O H in march who said im clearly not well enough to work, any ideas thanks

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    Sorry jayne I think it is just a question of waiting to see what decision they make when they have assessed you.

    Sarah

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    Hello Jayne

    Your experience sounds very similar to mine.  After months of not-so-discrete attacks on me and my work by a series of different managers resulting in me being signed off for depression by my GP, I decided to leave my job at the CQC last month.  The relief at leaving was instant and enornmous.  I too applied for PIP last month based on Meniere's and mobility issues with a prosthesis. From asking for the form to having an assessment took less than 3 weeks.  I am awaiting the result.  However, from having spent weeks and weeks researching this and the actual assessment itself, my instinct is telling me I will be unsuccessful. There are two organistions who provide some excellent support, Benefits and Work and Fightback4Justice.  I suggest you look at their guidance before completing the forms.  If you have already submitted the forms, like I had, I suggest you use their support to appeal,  I shall be.  Best wishes.  

     

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      hi mary ive just read your reply, i sent my form off on the 26/5 i got a text message from dwp on the 3/6 and then a letter on 4/6 about having assessment thats the last i heard. my therapist says im not able to work and so does my doctor. As its been 14 days since your reply id like to know have you heard any more about P I P  claim. you say you left your job did they object to that and was you penalised financially for doing so. ive been signed off sick since november 14 ive been told they want me back but my biggest fear is ONCE A TARGET , ALWAYS A TARGET. Did you find another job easily or are you unemployed. id like to hear back from you as you said we suffered simular situation. take care wishing you good luck x
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    Hi Jayne

    The whole process for me took less than 4/52.  I got 7 points under care and 4 for mobility.  I have asked for a mandatory review so will wait and see.  Just that one additional point would transform my future so I intend to go for it.  I don't believe the work situation entered into the assessors decision making process at all, perhaps rightly so as it was my decision not to be bullied and humiliated any more.  I am not working and frankly have no wish to work again.  I am 59 this year and one of those women whose state pension age went from 60 to 66 overnight.  Having said that I have a nice healthy NHS pension so am financially comfortable.  The assessment wasn't altogether unpleasant and I am always mindful that honesty is the best policy so didn't fill in all the activities, just those that I felt were pertinent to me.  

    I assume you haven't had your assessment yet?

    Mary

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      I was bullied. stripped of all my confidence and humiliated

      , im 56 got artharitus in both knees and fingers, i got advice on retiring but financially it wasnt looking good, my husband is disabled but still tries to work 16 hrs a week so basically im the bread winner. My therapist has suggested seeking another job but for a 56 year old that is quite difficult. I was completely honest on my P I P form, sent therapist letter doctors letter and Occupational health letter with form even OH said i wasnt fit to work and couldnt put a time frame on when i would be, ive seen online the point scale for  P I P and if you score the highest points it comes out at approx 32 i suppose you have to be terminally ill for that score but i thought you had to get a total of 8 . you go for it and i wish you the very best of luck. keep us posted on how it goes, 4/52 is really good im still wating patiently. take care all the best to you, go for it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xx

       

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      I understand I am going to be assessed for PIP at some point after October this year.

      I have moved around a bit in my life. Born and bred in Weymouth moved to Co Durham and am now in Wales. I am 65 in November.

      What I am trying to do is to access ALL my medical records from birth as evidence of my disability when I am assessed.

      I have a certificate saying I am awarded DLA for life. Mean that they are eveen assessing these people who have been given it for life isn't it?

      I had to appeal and work really hard to get it and really do not want to go through all that again!!

      Makes me cross that in order to get it at all you have asses yourself at your very worst. If like me your condition fluctuates and you are going through a good period you than have to think what it is like when you are worse. Why should anyone have to do that???

      Sorry just need a moan at the moment.

      Sarah

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    Hi Jayne

    can you claim attendance allowance either for yourself or husband and what about carers allowance.  I think if you want to carry on working the ESA thing might suit you?  Post up how you get on.  Did you follow the advice on fightback4justice and/or work and benefits when filling in the PIP form?  Mary

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