Hi bracknagh, i had age concern do mine for me, the lady actually came from DWP lol.
The process was nothing like you described, i was dealt with throughout with respect. As soon as i arrived the guy said to me and my carer, you wont be here long we have had excellent letters and proof of how your illness affects you from both your neuro and your GP.
Thats the key. PROOF. Whatever you write on the form back it up with something. If you have letters saying how your MS affects you then include them. When the form arrives it is dealt with by stranger who doesnt know you, and can only go by what you tick on paper.
PIP is not the same as DLA. Its not about your illness whether you have MS or not, it is about how your illness affects your everyday living, i.e. independence etc. Some people with MS have little issues and go to work and do lots of things without help, others cant get out of bed, so it isnt about the illness its about how the illness affects YOU.
The one trick question a lot of people fail on i have been told is can you plan a journey? They turn up at the centre they drive there and some people say they use their sat nav…well yes you can plan a journey. I belonged to a group on facebook for PIP applications and the amount of people who failed that.
This is brilliant and explains what they look for.
If people fill in their form correctly they shouldn’t need to be asked can they bend and stretch as that proof should have been supplied.
Make sure you get your gp and neuro on your side and give their addresses.
any physio you have, any reports etc.
Dont go alone take someone with you. I cant go alone anyway i cant drive neither would i be safe enough to go on bus or get a taxi on my own, so i went with my hubby in the kangoo with my carer and my wheelchair. I could not do it not for the life of me, i never go anywhere without my care worker, or member of family.
You just have to be honest and make sure the person reading your form understands how your illness affects your life.
I know a lot of people who have been awarded the enhanced rates on PIP and did not have a bad experience. In the main the people are doing their job its not personal.
I must admit i found my assessor a wonderful person, kind and caring.
so dont be too wound up about it, relax, and make sure those forms are filled in right. good luck. Rosie.