Preparing to attend a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment can be a difficult time. Scope has created a short film to guide you through the process.
The PIP assessment letter
When you get your letter, check the date and venue of the assessment. If there is a problem, tell the Department of Work and Pensions or the assessment provider as soon as possible.
Ask for the support you need to attend the assessment
Check the parking and facilities near the assessment centre.
Read the assessor’s guidance beforehand
The more prepared you are, the easier it is to relax. Read the guidance a week before the assessment so you are prepared.
Take a copy of your application and supporting evidence
It’s useful to take along your evidence so that you can refer to it during the assessment to ensure you’re covering all the bases.
Don’t assume the assessor knows anything about you
Be as honest and open as you can about how your impairment impacts on your health and well-being. Think about the everyday things you do to manage your impairment. It’s important to go into as much detail as possible about what a day in your life is like.
If you make it seem as if you are able to manage doing something but normally you’re not able to do it, then the assessor may assume that you can always do that thing.
Don’t ‘put on a brave face’ about how you deal with your impairment.
Talk about support you need even if you don’t get it now
At the assessment you have to show what you can’t manage, not how you do.
Ask someone who knows you well to come with you
Take someone with you to your assessment. This can help if you need physical support to get to the assessment centre but also it’s useful to have someone else listening in and filling in things you may miss.
And if you can’t get support from a family member or a friend, maybe consider contacting an advocacy service or someone who can just be there to support you.