PIP I started claiming pip after a change in circumstances three years ago. I have fibromyalgia M.E depression and anxiety I found the form difficult to do so got my support worker to help. I found it very exhausting and was anxious from start to finish. Assessment i had a lovely lady who actually understood fibro, she didn’t make me do any exercises i couldn’t manage and she was frienly.
I was awarded enhanced rate for both components for four years.
Now I am.up for review the renewal form was not as bad as the first. A lot hadn’t changed but some had got worse.
I received a letter for a assessment which I could not attend, I have now lost my support worker who came with me. I asked for a home assessment and was granted one. I am still waiting for a date.
Even though my first claim went through smoothly it still caused a lot of anxiety and worry waiting for the decision to come through.
The anxiety then caused more pain.The assessor for my first claim was lovely, she understood fibromyalgia and how bad it is, she saw I was anxious, I was not forced to do any task I was unable to do.Very long, I think it was over one and a half hours, I was exhausted. The assessor didn’t ask me many questions she typed her answers from my claim form. She tried to make me feel at ease she could tell I was anxious.I never asked for the report, i was not aware at the time you could do that.
The points given were correct. I think there was one or two where i didn’t agree.Luckily I did not have to appeal the decision which saved a lot of worry and stress.
Now I am.up for review I am anxious i won’t get am assessor as nice as the first one.