Last reply 1 month ago

I’m considering making a PIP claim as I have had to reduce from f/t to p/t (working every other day) due to fatigue.

I have some good evidence of my fatigue and anxiety from the consultant’s letters over the last 4 years. I hate the thought of the face to face assessment. Do they always do a face to face appointment or might my written evidence suffice?


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1 month ago

Hi @ollie123 a face 2 face is not always required. Use your local Citizns advice, for PIP they have specialists to help that may require you to make an appointment.

1 month ago

Hi @ollie123, I have had to do the same as you, got from FT to PT. I did an application before this happened as I wanted to see if I could get support. However, in a face-to-face it was a flat ‘no’. I think it was based on my mobility. Nothing to lose by applying. However, during this current crisis, don’t expect it to be a speedy process. Good luck!

1 month ago

Thank you both.

@vixen – that’s my concern – a flat no! I am basing it on my need to rest on each of the days off – however, my mobility is actually good. I assume it is very unlikely I will be eligible?

1 month ago

The thing is @ollie123, you lose nothing by giving it a try. My big beef with them, is their misleading idea of the word ‘Independent’. Yes, I could manage to get there for an interview, but they don’t get to see the behind-the-scenes- stuff that has to go on to get you to that point. The MS Society are doing a massive campaign on this shortly. Good luck!

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