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Claimants have begun receiving a new PIP2 ‘How Your Disability Affects You’ form in the last few days, though there has been no announcement from the DWP about any changes and it is not clear if this is a pilot or a wholesale change.

The new form is longer but actually has fewer questions.

The tick boxes for aids and appliances and for help from another person have gone.

For most activities you are asked, for example:

Does your condition affect you dressing and undressing.

No

Yes

There is then some standard text though the wording varies occasionally according to the activity:

For each difficulty, please tell us:

How often you have this difficulty – tell us about both good days and bad days

What the difficulty is

Why you have it, or how it relates to your condition

Any aids or adaptations you use, or help you get from another person

Any help you feel you need but do not get

Then there are two sample answers, for example:

“About three times a week, I have trouble dressing my upper body because my hands shake too much to do up the buttons on my shirt. I use a button hook to do the buttons on my shirt”

“Most days my partner has to remind me to get dressed during the day”

Most, but not all of the sample answers would lead to an award of points.

The set of questions followed by examples looks remarkably similar to the technique we use in our Benefits and Work PIP guides, though neither the questions nor the sample answers are as detailed. 

There is, however, a massive disparity between the size of the sample answers and the size of the box in which to give your own answer, which is a full side of A4 for most activities.  The onus seems now to be on the claimant to provide detailed information in a lengthy written format without the benefit of any tick boxes.

Managing your treatments has been split into two separate sections. There are now separate pages for monitoring changes/taking medication and for therapies at home.

Some activities have changed their names: Going out is now Planning and following a journey. Making decisions about money is now Managing money.

Some sections of the form have moved around: section 1 and section 2 seem to have changed places, for example.

We’ll provide more information once we know whether this is a small scale trial or a major change.

But for now, if readers follow our six step system when filling in the narrative parts of the form, they will cover the missing tick boxes and give all the necessary information.

Comments  

#5 Steven McCreedy 2021-04-14 09:23
A FOI request for one has been made. A copy can be found here
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/new_version_of_the_pip2_form#outgoing-1124707
#4 Stellar 2021-03-25 22:08
I’ve already made my theories and made them quite clear on social media. I’ve already said the disabled will suffer the most from this pandemic.Covid hasn’t attack the DWP will finish off.
I’m afraid we’ll soon be joined by many more people when Long Covid becomes an Officially a medical problem.
#3 VB@N2 2021-03-23 09:55
Has anyone found where we can down load this form - just for personal research as I help others to claim and during the pandemic I do not get to see their actual forms. It's difficult to help people complete a form when you can't see it yourself.
+3 #2 ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar 2021-03-12 18:30
All done to make the claimants suffer even more? There is no limited to which the DWP go to try and deny claimants this money.... The mind boggles it really does. Vile outfit in charge.
#1 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2021-03-12 15:58
>>>>>The tick boxes for aids and appliances and for help from another person have gone.

i WONDER THIS HAS GONE, ANY GUESSES.

>>>>>>The onus seems now to be on the claimant to provide detailed information in a lengthy written format without the benefit of any tick boxes.

This has always been the way with the onus on claimants gto use a4 pages for their pony answer boxes. Looks like theyre clawing back 400+ billion from the disabled.

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