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    It's here - PIP review

    Dreaded PIP review form arrived on Saturday - exactly one year before current award expires. It's the new form where they ask only if things have got better/stayed the same/got worse. Was surprised to see that they explicitly state they do not want to see any evidence more than 2 years old nor any appointment letters. That makes providing evidence difficult for those of us with long term conditions who've been "written off" as there's nothing more that can be done by the medical profession.

    Form has to be back with them by 2nd October. Have a bad feeling about this. Will let you know what happens in case any of it is useful to others.

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    Hiya, I'm really sorry about the situation you are in and can understand the worry it can cause. It's difficult because with the right support we are bound to be better and with that support taken away we are bound to get worse. I think they have purposely cut people off from services? One minute a health professional wanted me sectioned and then a couple of months later they persuaded me to go for psychology and then signed me off. Then the doctor tried to persuade me not to bother going back to the same services and I am now under the care of the doctors who haven't got a clue about me or the benifits system. The government have a responsibility to look after the sick and disabled, and have a responsibility to do their jobs in a just and appropriate manner. Will things ever get better in this country, I hope so.

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    Oh crap. I would send them regardless of how old they are, especially if they are still relevant

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    The only light at the end of the tunnel is although the CPN is turning me over to GP care I am still seeing a psychiatrist whose just recently started me on a new drug and has said she'll write a supporting letter (husband rang and asked this afternoon). She's recently replaced the previous one who always refused to do supporting letters on the basis that DWP would ask him themselves (which we all know they wouldn't).

    The physical issues are another matter - diagnosed and basically taught to manage the ME/Fibromyalgia and bladder issues /self catheterisation so have had no specialist input recently for either. Just have to hope "no change " is accepted as is and doesn't get turned into "no problem" by the powers that be.

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    Just an update : sent form back and it was signed for at the DWP mail handling site on 28th September. On 16th October I had a letter from Capita saying my case had been passed to them from DWP. This morning (3rd November) I had another letter from Capita with a face to face assessment appointment the week after next, at my home.

    It all seems to be moving much more quickly than last time and though I doubt I'll have a decision before Christmas, at least I won't be still anxiously waiting for a f2f appointment and worrying they might ask me to go to one of their centres.
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    I asked for f2f but got refused because I went to last assessment and because I will be going to psychiatrist on Tues! I said I was going to psych to see if she could confirm that I would be at risk going to an assessment centre but she just gave me an appointment for Thursday and said they would try to accomodate my fears!!

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    They did mine at home last time and I asked for it to be a home visit again on my form, but didn't hold much hope they'd read it so I was pleasantly surprised to see the venue is my house I'm already horribly anxious about it though - churning stomach, can't eat and doubt I'll sleep well until after it's been done. I'm glad I don't have to go into one of their centres so trying to be grateful for small mercies.

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    Gosh, they are doing them so early, a year early in your case!

    Did you have any changes on your form or did you tick no change?

    I wonder if those who say no change will need a face to face? It will be interesting to see as time passes.

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    It's apparently standard practice for PIP renewals to be done a year before the end of the award. Yes, there were a couple of changes - stronger meds, worsening of Raynaud's syndrome and just recently been referred to orthopaedic consultant as I have developed arthritis in knees as well as in spine. Given the changes I expected to have to have a face to face, but surprised at how fast it's been. Last time I heard nothing at all for 9 months after applying.

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    I have received my pip form but it's not a renewal form. My pip expires in Jan 2017. However they have sent out a new pip questionnaire as if it's a brand new claim. Do u think it's a mistake ? As I expected a renewal form

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