Does anyone know if they record our PIPS home assesment

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i was wondering if they record our home assessment for PIPS . It is only that the assessors put into her completely wrong report that my supportive partner drives my sons to school when for one he does not live with us and two he works a hour away from us at 5am to7.30 pm. I will be supplying them with a copy of my sons bus passes. I distinctly told here that my sons go to school by school bus. If there was a recording can I ask for it? Also apparently because I can pick up a part filled kettle with my left hand it is my right that was operated on . Again although she has stated that my son cook the meals I can use AIDS and appliances to make a meal. the assessor has consistently contradicted herself. 

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    My understanding is that if you want the meeting recorded you have to provide your own recording equipment, but I could be wrong.

    Sarah

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    I asked if I could record the meeting at my house and was told I could not.
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    Hi

    ​I had a home assesment about 6 months ago and it definitely wasnt recorded

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      hi. I had home assesment about 3wks ago. The HCP used a lap top, compared to my home assesment 18months ago with pen and paper. Prefered the pen and paper. (They signed me off with the lap top method) They got it all wrong. And considering i was her only visit of the day, my report should not be mixed up with someone elses. She typed like lightning and talked mainly about herself and husband. Skipped through the questions and was told no need to stand. Anyway, can lap tops record?
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    They do not record any assessment - in the centre or at home.

    Seriously why would they? If there was evidence that they had intentionally issued a false and misleading report to the DWP, they would be out of a job.

    I have had two such reports prepared over the past years. The first said that the medication that my pyschiatrist had prescribed was never used for a mental illness and secondly they stated that my then current condition wasn't the same condition as before - it had a totally different cause - identical, but different.

    The second stated that I had never suffered from any form of mental health problem despite me having submitted 8 years worth of medical evidence.

    I never appealed against the first decision (2004) as I was very poorly in hospital and missed all of the time limits. The second I did appeal and I went from 0 points and get back to work to enough points to get ESA and was put in the Support Group for the maximum 3 years.

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    Hi Poll

    As stated by others it is highly unlikely the interview was recorded. If you are going to dispute this decision it is important not to get side tracked. It is unlikely that your son's bus pass is going to make much difference and it is hard to see how you would be awarded PIP on the grounds he catches the bus rather than getting a lift from your partner.

    If you can't pick up a kettle with your left hand then you must explain why and link it to your disability. Remember these assessments are based on the balance of probabilities and in the HCP opinion if you can pick up a kettle with your left hand then with aids on the balance of probabilities you could cook a simple meal.

    That may not be the case and it is up to you to provide an explanation why it is wrong within the protocols of the PIP assessment.

    That said best of luck.

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    The reason I would like to make it clear that my son go to school by bus and are. It driven there by my partner who lives away from us is to state my kids are my only careers. Also I have now received a copy of last years report which gave me 12 points compared to 7points. It is purely to do with the recent accessor not applying the right descriptor points. The conditions are exactly the same but I am now worse off physically and financially which is causing me so much stress and anxiety
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      I can understand the frustration when an assessor puts down a factually incorrect statement but it's important you don't get side tracked. As stated it's highly unlikely establishing how your son travels to school is going to affect your PIP award.

      That said it seems you are doing the right thing in getting the report from 12 months ago and making a legitimate query on how in that time you have improved enough to lose 5 points. Has the HCP made any remarks about you being more able post operation? If so then challenge it directly.

      If not and she is just making an opinion on your supposed ability to pick up a half full kettle with your left hand then challenge that directly by stating the finding is incorrect and you were never tested on this or stated that you could carry out that maneuver,

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    I have now realised that the May assessment awarded me 16 points compared to 7 this time so I have pointed out how can this have been halved and also I have sent a copy of the two reports the latest one I have highlighted with a red star as to where the assessor has made blatant mistakes and contradicted herself
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