Completing the PIP Claim Form - Part 3 - Going out
In this series of three blogs I have explained how the Personal Independence PIP2 claim form may be completed. The first blog considered preparation, the opening questions, the layout of the form and the supporting evidence. The second blog looked in detail at the sections on ‘Living Independently’. In this final blog post I explore the section on ‘going out’, and end on ‘additional information’.
Question 13 on the form, ‘Going out’, refers to your ability to get around outdoors considering your visual impairment.
The section starts with three tick box questions. The first two are sight related.
The first is about going out in familiar places. If you need a guide dog, or an orientation aid such as a long cane, or need help to safely cross any road, or have to be guided then the probable answer is ‘yes’. People needing this level of help on familiar journeys should be awarded the highest rate for mobility.
The second question is about going out in unfamiliar places. If you need the help described above in familiar places, it is likely that you also need it in unfamiliar places. Some people will just need help in unfamiliar places. In both situations the answer to this question is likely to be ‘yes’
The ‘Extra Information’ should be used to explain your need for help. Say if you use a guide dog or a long cane to get around outdoors, or must have someone with you. State whether you require such help in familiar places, unfamiliar places or both. Explain the help that you need to avoid obstacles, other people, cross roads safely and find your way around in both familiar and unfamiliar places. If you would get anxiety or panic attacks were you to be alone without help in familiar and/or unfamiliar places, you should clearly express this.
This section is about physical mobility not sight loss. However, you still need to answer the tick box questions.
Last, but definitely not least, you should use this section to explain anything important that you could not fit into the explanation boxes for the previous questions. To help the decision maker decide the length of your PIP award you should state whether your eye condition is untreatable, whether it is likely to improve or not, or if it is getting worse. You can also use this section if any carers, friends or family want to give brief, additional, relevant information not mentioned elsewhere on the form.
After returning the completed form, most people will be invited to a ‘face-to-face’ assessment with a healthcare professional who will send a report to the PIP office so a decision can be made.
I hope that this series of three blogs on how to complete the PIP2 claim form has been of value. If you still feel you need help then you should contact your local Action for Blind People team or ring the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 9999.