PIP - QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
I am in my late 70's and on Disability living Allowance low rate care and low rate mobility. I am also Blind and have been informed that people in my age group are not having any change at all. Please could you advise me if this information is correct.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Correct - those aged 65 or over on 8 April 2013 will not be affected by the changes.
The minister implied that people over 65 would need to re-apply for PIP. I understood that people over 65 would not be affected by the changes, and would continue to receive DLA - in the past those receiving DLA were not transferred to Attendance Allowance when they reach 65. Is this changing?
People aged 65 or over on 8 April 2013 will not be affected by the changes, and will remain on DLA. If you were born on or before 8 April 1948 you will not be affected by these changes.
A couple of people emailed to say they’d understood from the minister that if you got your forms in on time, you would be assessed for PIP – is this the case?
We will start to invite DLA recipients (aged 16-64 on or after 8th April 2013) to claim PIP from October 2013 on a gradual basis (starting with DLA fixed term awards coming up for renewal, and claimants reporting a change in their needs DLA care and/or mobility needs, and young people turning age 16); the vast majority however will not start to be invited to claim PIP until October 2015.
Are you able to continue on PIP from DLA if you have got to the age when, as you a new applicant, you would have to apply for Attendance Allowance before you have been reassessed?
As for DLA, the rules will allow those who are in receipt of PIP when they reach the upper age limit to continue to receive their existing award for as long as they remain entitled.
Do I need to initiate a claim for PIP? My current DLA award lasts until my 65th birthday in December 2016. I had a face-to-face assessment a couple of years ago, will I need to be seen again or will DWP already have sufficient recent information to complete my assessment for PIP?
We will invite you nearer the end of your current DLA award, as you will be in scope for the new benefit and you will be able to make a claim for PIP.
There’s also an advice line you can call - 0845 345 4345. (the Community Legal Services National Specialist Welfare Benefits Advice Line)
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