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Thursday, 12 May 2022

Getting The PIP: a rant.

 Disabled people in Britain are eligible for a support payment called PIP. 

Note that I'm not saying they actually get it, because as far as I can make out nearly every application is rejected, but that's the theory, anyway.

Once you're rejected, the next step is to fill in a Department of Work and Pensions Mandatory Reconsideration Form CRMR1. The person who has been rejected can fill in the form, or it can be filled in by their representative, and naturally enough there's a section to fill in about the identity of this representative (if any). 

The second question in this section is: Relationship to Representative, which would be a perfectly reasonable question, except that it goes on:

 (For example parent, carer, legal Deputy etc.)

from which, it's clear that the Department of Work and Pensions doesn't want to know the Relationship to Representative, they want to know the Relationship of Representative. 

This form CRMR1 is of vital importance to very many people, seems to have been last updated four years ago, and must have been filled in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of time.

And every time the stupid thing has been wrong.

Word To Use Today: representative. This has been an English word since the 1300s. It comes from the Latin word reprimere, to press back. 

Which figures.

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