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I have completed these forms for people renewing their PIP claim and they are very misleading.  I have one in my bag but it has claimant information in it so cannot copy this.   From the advisors point of view you need to know what the person answered before.  Many people are caught out because they think that DWP WILL look at the previous claim,  I have a form where we said everything was the same and the award was reduced from enhanced and enhanced to zero points on both.

Even if nothing has changed and you tick - has stayed the same I would be inclined to put a story somewhere on the form rather than trust dwp.

Welfare Rights / Re: My call-up papers have arrived
« Last post by neurochick on August 16, 2018, 06:16:16 PM »
I don't know where you live but here in Scotland, the Government guaranteed lifetime Blue Badges to people in certain circumstances as part of a transitional package for folk going from DLA to PIP.

Here, if you had a right to a Blue Badge by virtue of an existing lifetime award of DLA HRM but for whatever reason you lost your automatic entitlement to one when you were transferred from DLA to PIP, the Scottish Government put special legislation in place to protect you.  It means that if you didn't get an award of enhanced mobility when you were transferred from DLA and assessed for PIP, you are still automatically entitled to a Blue Badge for the rest of your life.  I don't know if similar protections were put in place in England, Wales or NI but it is worth looking into this.

While you are waiting for your Appeal, you can still apply to your local authority for a Blue Badge under the Discretionary Rules.  If you are ultimately unlucky enough to lose your appeal, again, this doesn't stop you applying for a Blue Badge under the Discretionary Rules.  It is well worth doing.  You will find the information about the process that applies in your particular area online.  Usually its a matter of applying to the Local Authority who will require you to attend for an assessment by Occupational Therapists (or the like).  They will almost certainly ask your GP for a medical report to support your application (although I got my very first BB under the discretionary rules and the OT decided that she didn't need a medical report).  Its not as onerous as the PIP/DLA assessments because its only for a Blue Badge rather than a financial benefit.  They can award it for a shorter period than the standard 3 year period that your BB is issued for when you are automatically entitled to it because of your PIP/DLA award but you can just reapply before it is due to expire.

You have nothing at all to lose and much to gain by looking into any transitional protections that may apply to your area plus the discretionary rules and then applying for a BB via this route.         
Cafe / Re: Terrorism with care
« Last post by bulekingfisher on August 16, 2018, 04:25:57 PM »
Hello A Turtle

It was good of him to identify himself with a red hula hoop + not incriminate one of the fire/rescue  men in the picture they have a hard enough job  any time >hugs<

Do you have a copy of a new PIP AR1 form?
Category: Latest news
 Created: 15 August 2018
We have very recently heard from several members about a new PIP AR1 review form that they have received. We would very much like to see a copy if you have one.

It is not yet clear whether the new form is being sent to every claimant whose PIP award is being reviewed or only to some claimants as a trial.

The current AR1 form takes you through each of the daily living activities covered in your original PIP claim, from Preparing Food and Eating and Drinking through to Mixing with Other People and Making Decisions About Money.

It also covers the two mobility activities, Planning and Following a Journey and Moving Around.

For each of these activities you are asked to say whether the activity has got:

No change
The new form covers the same activities but instead of asking the questions above, it asks:

Tell us if something has changed and approximately when.
Tell us how you manage this activity now, including the use of any aids you use.
Tell us about any changes to help you need or the help you get from another person.
If you have received a copy of this form and you are able to scan it and email it to us, we’d be very grateful.
Meanwhile we have included brief information about the new form in our PIP claims and reviews guide in the members’ area.

Welfare Rights / Re: My call-up papers have arrived
« Last post by Monic1511 on August 16, 2018, 07:21:00 AM »
As long as you asked for an oral hearing you have a decent chance of getting your award back. >x-fingers<
Welfare Rights / Re: My call-up papers have arrived
« Last post by auntieCtheM on August 15, 2018, 10:57:12 PM »
I posted off my appeal papers yesterday.  I do not hold out much hope that the tribunal will award me anything.  But at least I have tried. 

I miss my blue badge.
Disability Q and A / Re: Public loos for the less tall
« Last post by SashaQ on August 15, 2018, 06:50:21 PM »
The best loo I ever used had adjustable height toilet and basin, with easy to use buttons for each.  Sadly, the extra technology meant the toilet broke after a couple of years, and they replaced it with a standard raised one because a replacement adjustable one was too expensive  :-(
Cafe / Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on August 15, 2018, 05:00:56 PM »
 >lol< well, some cynics did say that he (BJ) deliberately kicked off the burka row to keep himself in the forefront of publicity!

Good point about facial disfigurements and people not wanting to display them.  Gosh, it's complicated, isn't it?
Disability Q and A / Re: Public loos for the less tall
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on August 15, 2018, 04:58:05 PM »
That sounds like a really sensible solution, ATurtle - but I'm not a wheelchair user, so no doubt others would know better than me...  Though I'd imagine that the swing-out/retract button or lever would have to be clearly labelled and, of course, easily accessible.  Especially if the next toiler user finds the step left sticking out when they'd rather it was not!
Cafe / Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
« Last post by Monic1511 on August 14, 2018, 10:22:47 PM »
Hi Kizzy

I accept all of those about being uncomfortable not being able to read the person you are talking to,  if you explained that to the person and they felt safe they would probably uncover their face.  We do tend to assume that someone covered up is up to no good.  I just about remember when I was bald as a result of brain surgery and I hated putting my scarf down, there was a woman on the bus today wearing a balaclava and extra large sunglasses with headphones on, I assume she was trying to be fashionable but you never know.
I don't mind anyone keeping their hair covered but I would like to see their face, but I wouldn't insist on it - can you imagine forcing someone to bare their face and it turns out they had a scar or disfigurement that they wanted to hide.   

Chris Evans said this morning Its a bad day for Boris - he's not on the front pages of the paper  >whistle<
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