ABOUT:

Learn how to use the 'reliability' and 'fluctuating conditions' rules to get the correct award of PIP.

The disability test for PIP must consider whether you can do the activity 'reliably' and on more than 50% of days. However, many PIP claims fail due to a lack of awareness of these rules among claimants, advisers and the DWP!

This module explains these very important rules and how to use them in your PIP2 form, at assessment and when challenging decisions.

THIS MODULE WILL HELP YOU:

  • Identify the rules on fluctuating conditions and reliability in PIP

  • Decide how many points should be awarded when your condition fluctuates

  • Explain the four main criteria of the reliability rules and how to apply them

  • Use these rules together to increase your chances of getting the correct PIP award

  • Use these rules to challenge some of the DWP’s most common reasons for refusing PIP claims

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MODULE OUTLINE:

Our online modules are split into parts, and track your progress, so you can pause and resume your learning at times that suit you.
  • 1

    INTRODUCTION

    • Welcome

    • Learning outcomes

    • True or False?

  • 2

    PART 1: WHEN DOES A DESCRIPTOR APPLY?

    • The disability test

    • What if...?

    • Fluctuating conditions

    • Reliability

    • Using the rules together

  • 3

    PART 2: FLUCTUATING CONDITIONS

    • The 12-month period

    • More than 50% of the days

    • One or more descriptors

    • Quiz

  • 4

    PART 3: RELIABILITY

    • Can you do it reliably each day?

    • An example: preparing food

    • Safely

    • Quiz

    • To an acceptable standard

    • Quiz

    • Repeatedly

    • Quiz

    • In a reasonable time

    • Quiz

  • 5

    PART 4: USING THE RULES TOGETHER

    • Using the rules together

    • Example: days Tawona can't prepare food or cook at all

    • Example: days Tawona can't prepare food or cook reliably

    • Summary

  • 6

    PART 5: THE PIP FORM

    • MIA: The rules in the PIP form

    • Your best answer

    • Sharmaine's answer

    • Daryll's answer

  • 7

    PART 6: THE ASSESSMENT

    • MIA: The rules at the assessment

    • Tips for the assessment

    • Discussion

  • 8

    PART 7: CHALLENGING DECISIONS

    • Challenging decisions

    • Fluctuating conditions

    • You can only do it on better days

    • You can only do it in when there is a specific reason

    • Reliability

    • Your condition is not severe enough to need help

    • You can do this activity if you do it in a certain way

  • 9

    SUMMARY & RESOURCES

    • Summary

    • Further resources

    • References for cited case law