DLA ended and claimed PIP, what to expect

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Hi I got a letter informing me my DLA is ending after 5 years. I've filled out the for for PIP and I have my assessment on July 31st. However I have just had surgery for hammer toes and I'm unable to walk. I am wondering what this will mean for my assessment. My op was in my right foot and I was originally on DLA for arthritis in my left foot knee and shoulder (still active but mild) .

Will I have to go back after I heal from my operation or will they take into account my condition as is ?

Also how likely am I to pass as I've herd it's hard to get PIP

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    Hi,

    This is a very difficult question to answer. They may or may not take your current "condition" into consideration. With PIP you have to have had the condition for at least 3 months and expect it to last for a further 9 months minimum. If you answer yes to these then you maybe in with a chance. Also did you state this condition in the PIP2 form that you filled in?

    PIP isn't about "passing" because it's not a medical assessment. It's about how your condition/s affect you daily. Did you send plenty of evidence to support your claim? Evidence is vital for PIP. You have to prove that those descriptors apply to you. If you haven't already done so then please google PIP descriptors and take a look. Understanding what it's all about is the first step.

    During your assessment you'll be watched from the minute you/they arrive to the minute they/you leave, so bear this in mind. You'll be asked questions based on your PIP2 form. They may also try to trick you with some questions so be careful of that too. Take someone with you if at all possible. If you have more evidence then you can take this and give it to them during the assessment (copies only of course)

    A couple of days after the assessment you can ring and ask for a copy of the assessment report. This will give you some idea of what the decision will be because mostly the decision maker will go with what's stated on the report. Once DWP have recieved both copies they'll send one to you. Decision times vary wildly from 2-8 weeks depending on where you are in the country.

    It's not definite that you'll get the PIP award. Many many people have been refuse when transfering from DLA. Hopefully you won't be one of them. Good luck.

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      Thanks for this info Denise.

      I sent in all my medical reports from the past year to show my arthritis is progressive and active. I am worried that they can not asses me properly when I am on crutches after having toe surgery. I have had the worst foot foxes but the other foot holds me back with pain too.

      It's sounds much like ESA assessment I had last year which I failed then won at tribunal before starting part time work.

      I will take a look at the recommendations you said to read up on and hopefully I have done enough. I'm not sure how they expect people with disability to live off tax credits and sick pay alone when being punished for 2 extra bedrooms.

      Fingers crossed it goes smoothly and they see my condition is worse and not better.

      Thanks

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      PIP assessment is similar to ESA, however they are 2 totally completely different benefits that have different criteria. ESA is for those with a limited capability for work. People claim PIP and work. The problem with your foot is that you've now had surgery to hopefully make this problem better ( i have no idea what foot foxes is, sorry) so it's doubtful they'll take that into consideration. Being on crutches could make assessing you rather difficult. What award of DLA did you have? Were you claiming the mobility part? If you were remember that PIP mobility criteris is different to that of DLA. It's 20 metres or less where as DLA was 50 metres.

      The best evidence that you can send are things that would prove those descriptors apply to you, like i said. A diagnosis makes no difference for a PIP award. If you have difficulties with washing/dressing/bathing/preparing /cooking meals/budgeting decisions and/ or mobility and can prove this then you have as good a chance as anyone. It's not easy, i'll admit though. I was never on DLA before PIP. Infact i was refused DLA then put a claim in for PIP when it first started and got awarded 11 months later, so for me PIP was much easier. Please do let us know that outcome and if any more advice is needed i'll be very happy to help, or anyone else here i'm sure. Good luck!

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      Thanks again.

      That was meant to say foot fixed 😀

      I currently get high rate mobility and middle rate care.

      I can't walk very far due to pain in both feet but hoping the operation will help with that although I can drive for short distances.

      I do wish I had put more discriptions of how I'm affected on the form rather than focusing on my ailments having seen your advice.

      I will let you know how I get on. Everything crossed

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    If I were you I would get a letter from your GP saying you need home assessment
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      This may not work if leannexs works because they will tell her if she can go to work then she can attend a f2f assessment.
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      I'm currently off work for 6 weeks recovering from operation. I'm 3 weeks in and fed up. Won't be getting the other foot done as it's agony 😫

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      If you use a wheelchair when you go out then yes i'd advice using it on the day of your assesssment., just like any other aids you may use. If you don't use a wheelchair then why use one for the assessment? I'm sorry but this isn't good. Going to the assessment and giving the wrong impression isn't a great start. What if someone decided to report you for not using a wheelchair when you go out. My advice to anyone for any assessment for benefit purposes....be honest smile

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      I need to use a wheelchair at the moment As I'm recovering from an operation . I usually use a stick but will inform them of this. This is why I'm saying it's difficult to asses me when I've just had an op on my feet.

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    Hi my DLA ended in September I reapplied for pip and I didn't get it back then I was told to go to citizens advice and they were really good with helping me I got my tribuneral on the 17 th July and I have got my pip back so don't give up it will take time but it will happen 😀

     

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