Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
74% of claimants of both PIP and ESA won their appeals in the three months to March 2019, a 3% rise for PIP
ESA appeals are down by 39% from a year ago, whilst PIP appeals are down by 9%; this is because fewer people are appealing the decision.
New guidance has now been issued to local authorities on extending the blue badge scheme to people with hidden disabilities.
Changes in the regulations will mean automatic eligibility for any claimant who scores 10 points in relation to the “planning and following journeys” activity, on the grounds that they cannot undertake any journey because it would cause them overwhelming psychological distress.
General Tips and Info
When applying for PIP it is important not to apply with your best day in mind. You should instead consider your ability to carry out a task most of the time - e.g., does your condition affect your ability to cook/dress/wash more than 15 days out of 30?
The Department of Work and Pensions states that ‘If an individual cannot reliably complete an activity in the way described in a descriptor then they should be considered unable to complete it at that level’
They go on to describe reliability as follows:
‘Considering reliability involves looking at whether the claimant can complete the activity as described:
- Safely – in a manner unlikely to cause harm to themselves or to another person, either during or after completion of the activity
- To an acceptable standard – e.g., being able to perform a task well
- Repeatedly – able to repeat the activity as often as is reasonably required
- In a reasonable time period – no more than twice as long as the maximum period that a non-disabled person would normally take to complete that activity’.
- Practice – don’t write straight onto the form. Use some paper to write and phrase your answers before putting them on the form
- Photocopy the completed form before you send it off (to remember what you wrote)
- Try to get someone to check the form over for you – preferably someone who knows you well
- Enclose statements from medical professionals, or friends/family, etc., to support your answers. This helps the assessor understand your condition from both a medical and personal perspective
- Enclosing repeat prescriptions or a diary may also be beneficial
A full and comprehensive guide on PIP application is available to OUCH Members and can be accessed below.