PIP home visit

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Hi there,

My partner has to have his PIP review as his award runs out in November.

Anyway, I managed to get him a home visit as this is what he had last time and is what his dr and specialist recommend.

However when I was on the phone confirming this home assessment, the lady from ATOS kept saying how he was house bound and that's why he was getting the home assessment?

Now I fill out all his forms and I've never used that phrase ever, neither have his drs... I don't know this whole thing is just worrying me.

When they come to the house it always feels so awkward and unnatural. They obviously try and trip you up and I have anxiety as it is so I end up feeling like I'm rambling on.

Last time as well they just outright failed him and gave him 0 points even though they hadn't seen him so much as stand up.

I managed to get the decision over turned with a MR but it was so stressful and I'm feeling overwhelmed that we have to go through it all again.

Any advice please?

Thank you in advance xxx

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    Unfortunately he/she is at the mercy of both ATOS/CAPITA and the DWP.

    All I can suggest is to keep it short.simple and truthful. If he qualifies then the facts will speak for themselves.

    Whether it is the right way or not, I have given up caring what the DWP do. Thankfully the DWP pushed me before I could jump when it came my turn last year to move from DLA (High Mobility & Middle Care) to PIP. Because I didn't do their bidding and volunteer information over the phone to them to start the claim off, they pulled the rug from underneath me and cancelled my DLA award.

    Still if I had of gone ahead with PIP, my attitude would have been - does it really matter what they write about me in the assessors report or whether or not I get any points. The system is such that you have the right to challenge the decision (whatever it is) at a Tribunal where thankfully they at least listen to you.

    The wosre that happened to me with ATOS  & the DWP was that a few years ago (6) they assessor not only said that I was fit for work gaining 0 points for an ESA claim, but that he went one step further and wrote to the DWP saying that I was arrogant, ignorant, a racist and lacking any credibility in what I had put on the claim form and what I had said during the assessment!! 

    I had it sorted out a few weeks later togther with a full apology over the personal statement (which was accidentally sent to me by the DWP in error). However I never did get an explantion of how I went from 0 points and 'get back to work' to being put in the Support Group for 3 years.

    Just take it one step at a time and don't worry, worse things are happening elsewhere in the world.

    Good Luck


    • Posted

      Thank you for your reply.

      I know that what you're saying is true in that you can get decisions from ATOS overturned etc, its just that last time this happened we ended up without money and it was difficult.

      I guess as I'm the one filling all the forms in as well I sometimes find it extra stressful because I worry I've worded something incorrectly, they seem to poke holes in all the evidence all the time.

      My boyfriends medical notes are about the size of a phone book, we have reports from specialists from London, from locally, from private medical appointments, from all different specialities and nothing is enough.

      You still inexplicably end up with a 0.

      Just really not looking forward to it I guess! xxx

    • Posted

      I am waiting for a reconsideration after they failed me in Jan having awarded me for two years in enhanced rate after a previous home assessment pre surgery. When I could drive and was doing permitted work I was awarded twelve points back in May then only 7 back in January when I cannot drive or work . I have been put into the support group Esa I asked for a copy of the assessors report and can see she made loads of mistakes by submitting the wrong medical evidence. She even contradicted herself. I am so upset that they can make us wait without any money while they decide if they are at fault. I have been told 6-9 weeeks. The reason this has happened was due to my telling them of my shoulder surgery back in Sept . I never thought now I am worse off health wise they would stop my benefit.
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    anything you notify them of audrey it will immediatly-call for a re assessment -i hope you get the points you need 

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