I’m afraid this just isn’t a simple question.
Here is my experience with the WCA test, which I believe is similar to a PIP application…
I was declared fit for work, but overturned the decision on appeal…
At my original assessment I was asked to describe my symptoms on my ‘very best days’, I assumed I would then be asked about my ‘very worst days’, but wasn’t, despite my protests. Therefore, as proved by the appeal court, my ‘very best day’ scenario was not a valid assessment. The doctor at the original assessment would not accept ‘fluctuating’ as an answer and continually pushed me to describe my ‘very best days’.
My point here is that ‘very best day’ and ‘very worst day’ scenarios are equally worthless when viewed alone and must be seen together.
My advice to anyone now is this: Stand your ground and insist that your condition fluctuates. If there isn’t a tick box for that, then you cannot answer truthfully, so don’t don’t tick any box, but do write a brief explanation - if there isn’t a space for this, then write it between the lines. You must answer truthfully as you have to sign to that effect at the end of the form, and I’m sure you don’t want to lie!
I won at appeal tribunal by insisting that my condition fluctuated. I was given a fair hearing, the doctor on the panel both listened and understood; two qualities that were uncomfortably absent at the original assessment.
Please, I don’t wish to alarm you. The CAB offer excellent advice and have much more experience I, so do call them, ask to speak to the benefit advisor.