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PIP Descriptors
18.12.12 at 21:32:48
 
Sorry having problems to get the link to work but if you google the following title:
 
The Government’s response to the consultation on the Personal Independence Payment assessment criteria and regulations
13 December 2012
 
These are the finalised descriptors for PIP as they currently stand. These may be tweaked further...
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Reply #1 - 22.12.12 at 14:23:02
 
This is the link for the current PIP descriptors:
 
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2013/9780111532072/schedule/1
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Reply #2 - 28.12.12 at 11:06:53
 
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component points scores[u]
 
To get an award of the daily living component, you need to score:
 
8 points for the standard rate
12 points for the enhanced rate
 
For daily living, the points need to be scored from activities 1-9 below.  
 
You can only score one set of points from each activity, if two or more apply from the same activity only the highest will count.  So, for example, if:
 
4  d. Needs assistance to groom.  2 points
4  g. Needs assistance to bathe.  4 points
 
both apply you will receive only the 4 points for the ‘Bathing and grooming’ activity.  These can then be added to points for other activities, such as 'Dressing and undressing'
 
 
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Reply #3 - 28.12.12 at 11:09:47
 
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Mobility Component Points Scores
 
To get an award of the mobility component you need to score:
 
8 points for the standard rate
12 points for the enhanced rate
 
For mobility, the points need to be scored from activities 10-11 below.  
 
As with daily living above, you only score the highest points that apply to you from each activity, but you can add points from activities 10 and 11 together to reach your final total.
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Reply #4 - 28.12.12 at 11:15:08
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 
Variable and fluctuating conditions
Taking a view of ability over a longer period of time helps to iron out fluctuations and presents a more coherent picture of disabling effects. Therefore the descriptor choice should be based on consideration of a 12 month period.  
 
Scoring descriptors will apply to individuals where their impairment(s) affects their ability to complete an activity on more than 50 per cent of days in the 12 month period. The following rules apply:
 
If one descriptor in an activity applies on more than 50 per cent of the days in the period – i.e. the activity cannot be completed in the way described on more than 50 per cent of days – then that descriptor should be chosen.
 
If more than one descriptor in an activity applies on more than 50 per cent of the days in the period, then the descriptor chosen should be the one which applies for the greatest proportion of the time.
 
Where one single descriptor in an activity is not satisfied on more than 50 per cent of days, but a number of different descriptors in that activity together are satisfied on more than 50 per cent of days – for example, descriptor ‘B’ is satisfied on 40 per cent of days and descriptor ‘C’ on 30 per cent of days – the descriptor satisfied for the highest proportion of the time should be selected.
 
Awaiting treatment
If someone is awaiting treatment or further intervention it can be difficult to accurately predict its level of success or whether it will even occur. Descriptor choices should therefore be based on the likely continuing impact of the health condition or impairment as if any treatment or further intervention has not occurred.
 
Reliably, in a timely fashion, repeatedly and safely
An individual must be able to complete an activity descriptor reliably, in a timely fashion, repeatedly and safely; and where indicated, using aids and appliances or with support from another person (or, for activity 10, a support dog). Otherwise they should be considered unable to complete the activity described at that level.
 
Reliably means to a reasonable standard.
 
In a timely fashion means in less than twice the time it would take for an individual without any impairment.
 
Repeatedly means completed as often during the day as the individual activity requires. Consideration needs to be given to the cumulative effects of symptoms such as pain and fatigue – i.e. whether completing the activity adversely affects the individual’s ability to subsequently complete other activities.
 
Safely means in a fashion that is unlikely to cause harm to the individual, either directly or through vulnerability to the actions of others; or to another person.
 
Risk and Safety
When considering whether an activity can be undertaken safely it is important to consider the risk of a serious adverse event occurring. However, the risk that a serious adverse event may occur due to impairments is insufficient – there has to be evidence that if the activity was undertaken, the adverse event is likely to occur.
 
Aids and appliances
The assessment will take some account of aids and appliances which are used in everyday life. In this context:  
 
Aids are devices that help a performance of a function, for example, walking sticks or spectacles.
 
Appliances are devices that provide or replace a missing function, for example artificial limbs, collecting devices (stomas) and wheelchairs.
 
The assessment will take into account aids and appliances that individuals normally use and low cost, commonly available ones which someone with their impairment might reasonably be expected to use, even if they are not normally used.
 
Individuals who use or could reasonably be expected to use aids to carry out an activity will generally receive a higher scoring descriptor than those who can carry out the activity unaided.
 
Support dogs
We recognise that guide, hearing and dual sensory dogs are not ‘aids’ but have attempted to ensure that the descriptors capture the additional barriers and costs of needing such a dog where they are required to enable individuals to follow a journey safely. Descriptors ‘C’ and ‘E’ in activity 10 therefore explicitly refer to the use of a ‘support dog’.
 
Support from other people
The assessment will take into account where individuals need the support of another person or persons to carry out an activity – including where that person has to carry out the activity for them in its entirety. The criteria refer to three types of support:
 
Assistance is support that requires the presence and physical intervention of another person i.e. actually doing some or all of the task in question. This specifically excludes non-physical intervention such as prompting or supervision which are defined below. To apply, this only needs to be required for part of the activity.
 
Prompting is support provided by reminding or encouraging an individual to undertake or complete a task but not physically helping them. To apply, this only needs to be required for part of the activity.  
 
Supervision is a need for the continuous presence of another person to avoid a serious adverse event from occurring to the individual. There must be evidence that any risk would be likely to occur in the absence of such supervision. To apply, this must be required for the full duration of the activity.
 
Unaided
Within the assessment criteria, the ability to perform an activity ‘unaided’ means without either the use of aids or appliances or assistance/prompting/supervision from another person.
 
Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a marked example of a fluctuating condition where an individual can have no functional limitation one minute and considerable limitation the next. Assessment should be based on the impact this causes.
 
Key to assessing individuals with epilepsy is the consideration of risk. Within each activity, the relevant descriptor should apply to a person with epilepsy if there is evidence that a serious adverse event is likely to occur if the person carried out the activity in that descriptor. It is essential to consider the likely effects of any seizure – type and frequency of fit, associated behaviour, the post-ictal phase and whether there is likely to be sufficient warning to mitigate any risk of danger.
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Reply #5 - 28.12.12 at 11:18:00
 
PIP timetable
The timetable for moving working age disability living allowance (DLA) claimants onto personal independence payment (PIP) has been put back by two years, until after the next election, for people with indefinite or lifetime awards of DLA.
 
From April 2013
The new timetable will begin with a pilot from 8th April 2013 for new claims to PIP in the North West and part of the North East of England. Postcodes affected are:
 
CA, CH (except CH5, CH6, CH7 and CH8), LA (except LA27, LA28, LA62 and LA63), CW, FY, L, PR, WA, WN, BL, DH, DL (except DL6, DL7, DL8, DL9, DL10 and DL11), M, NE, SR, and TS (except TS9).
 
From June 2013
From June 2013, all new claims from anyone aged 16-64 will be for PIP instead of DLA throughout  the whole of Great Britain.
 
The only exception will be renewal claims from a fixed term DLA award which is due to expire before the end of February 2014, where the renewal claim will still be for DLA rather than PIP.
 
From October 2013
From October 2013 the following DLA recipients will begin to have to claim PIP:
 
Children turning 16 will have to claim PIP when their existing fixed term award is coming to an end.
 
People reporting changes of circumstances which might affect their rate of payment, such as an improvement or deterioration in their condition, but not issues like going into a care home or hospital or changing address.
 
People with a fixed-term DLA award which expires from the end of February 2014
 
Anyone who chooses to make an application for PIP, including people who have a fixed-term or indefinite award of DLA.
 
From October 2015
From October 2015, everyone still getting DLA will have to make a claim for PIP.  Claimants will be selected randomly rather than by area or age, although the DWP say that they will “invite claims as early as possible from recipients who have turned 65 after 8 April 2013, when PIP was first introduced.”
 
The DWP does not now expect to complete the reassessment of all existing DLA claimants for PIP until March 2018.
 
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