Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
On recently visiting one of the government websites i came across one which seeks to dispel myths about PIP assessments.
One of the myths is, "individuals with fluctuating conditions will lose out"
To counter this myth, you have stated,
No we will take into account that peoples condition fluctuate and their level of ability may be changeable.
The assessment will not be a "SNAPSHOT" of any one day.
We will consider an individuals ability to carry out activities over a one year period.
We will consider the impact of an impairment where it applies on over 50% of the days in this period.
Would you please answer the following questions;
1/ What would be the expected average time frame of a PIP examination over an ESA examination, given that these disability variables will now be taken into consideration?
2/ On average, how much time would be spent at the keyboard and how much examining and talking to the claimant?
3/ How would the HCP be able to determine the fluctuation and varying ability of the claimant.(please dont send me links to the HCP is trained in this. Nobody is a mind reader).
4/ If the assessment is not a "Snapshot" of any one day, please provide information as to how this is achieved?
5/ How would you even begin to consider an individuals ability to carry out activities over a one year period?
Would it be catalogued in days, months or weeks?
Would it take into account seasonal hardships such as rain, wind, heat and snow?
6/ How would variables in abilities be considered by a person having mental conditions that were not apparent at the interview?
7/ Why would you state that you would consider a persons abilities to carry out activities over a one year period, then go on to say you will consider the impact of impairment where it applies on 50% of the days in this period? This is at odds with the former statement.
8/ To ascertain someones abilities over a timely period, one must have at hand all information regarding their own individual case. Would it be a good idea for claimants facing a PIP examination, TO REQUEST ALL INFORMATION THAT THE DWP HOLD, so it may be used as evidence?
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