Has anyone successfully completed the forms for the 5 yearly PIP review?
I care for my wife who has chronic neurapathis pain in her back, groin and legs. She has a spinal cord stimuator fitted and gets through the days on a wide range of medications that dull but don’t relieve the pain.
Apart from arthritis in her hands nothing has changed since 2016. She is on a pain management program no longer looking for a solution.
I spoke to the benefits people and explained that little had changed but they just went to a script saying write as much as you can to help them make a decision. I thought they would just want to know about changes, good or bad, since 2016 that would affect her previous score but now I don’t know.
The answer to most qustions is “no change” but I fear that every word I write will be scrutinised to help them reduce her claim.
Probably worth putting in a Subject Access Request (SAR) to the Data Protection Officer to request a copy of everything the department hold on file for you/the awardee. They should be bound to hold all documents for 6 years.
2 mornings spent completing the forms, repeating information I’ve given time and time again. Let’s see what happens.
Maybe the benefits people could, in future, arrange to send a carer in to look after my wife, do the washing, go shopping, maybe even do a bit of cleaning while they’re here while if fill out the information they already hold.
As a rule of thumb always take copies of any paper work referring to assessments medicals etc etc. Most certainly to the DWP as they always seemed to misplace no longer hold documents. Interestingly, though when challenged manage to find paper work.