Daily living - Activity 7: Communicating verbally
Activity 7 considers a claimant’s ability to communicate verbally with regard to expressive (conveying) communication and receptive (receiving and understanding) communication in ones native language. As with all the other activities, a claimant is to be assessed as satisfying a descriptor only if they can do so reliably.
The descriptors for Activity 7 are -
- Can express and understand verbal information unaided. 0 points
- Needs to use an aid or appliance to be able to speak or hear. 2 points
- Needs communication support to be able to express or understand complex verbal information. 4 points
- Needs communication support to be able to express or understand basic verbal information. 8 points
- Cannot express or understand verbal information at all even with communication support. 12 points
Terms used in the PIP descriptors are defined in regulations and, in relation to Activity 7, are -
- “aid or appliance” - (a) means any device which improves, provides or replaces [the claimant's] impaired physical or mental function; and (b) includes a prosthesis;
- “basic verbal information” means information in [the claimant's] native language conveyed verbally in a simple sentence;
- “communication support” means support from a person trained or experienced in communicating with people with specific communication needs, including interpreting verbal information into a non-verbal form and vice versa;
- “complex verbal information” means information in [the claimant's] native language conveyed verbally in either more than one sentence or one complicated sentence;
- “unaided” means without - (a) the use of an aid or appliance; or (b) supervision, prompting or assistance.
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Ability to communicate by text is not relevant to PIP activity 7 / disability should be assessed in the context of normal daily life and not a self-imposed sheltered version
-  UKUT 101 (AAC)
‘Communication support’ in connection with hearing loss can be provided by family and friends and is not limited to help from sign language interpreters
-  UKUT 550 (AAC)
- Overlap between ‘communication support’ (descriptor 7(c)) and ‘social support’ (descriptor 9(c))
-  UKUT 160 (AAC)
Anxiety may be the sole cause of verbal communication difficulties for the purposes of activity 7 albeit rarely / Meaning of ‘complex’ verbal or written information
-  UKUT 8 (AAC)