Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

At the #disabilitynatter event held on the 29th June, Citizens Advice York gave us a bit of an update on some of the changes happening to disability benefits. This included to the move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payments (PIP). Below is a brief summary of what they said.

The government is aiming to have everyone of working age transferred from DLA and claiming PIP by October 2017. Individuals will carry on getting DLA if they were 65 or over on 8 April 2013. For everyone else aged 16 and over, DLA will stop and they will need to claim PIP instead – even if they have a ‘lifetime’ or ‘indefinite’ award for DLA. Individual’s will not be automatically moved over to PIP, they will get a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) before October 2017, asking them to make a new claim.

Many people on DLA will qualify for PIP but it isn’t guaranteed. Being prepared with the right information about when completing the new form is important. Referring to your previous DLA claim forms, including medical evidence of how your condition is affecting you, keeping a diary about good and bad days and listing any aids or appliances may be useful.

If your claim is unsuccessful you can appeal. There has been a gradual increase in the success rate of PIP appeals, and additional data suggests that attending a hearing in person increases the chances of success. Before you have a right to appeal to a tribunal you must usually ask for the decision to be looked at again. DWP call this a mandatory reconsideration. You must then appeal within one month of this response. Further details of the appeal process by Citizens Advice can be found here. The process can be complex and in order to ensure you present your case strongly it may be worth seeking support to help you appeal.

Citizens Advice York can offer support to people to help with applications and appeals. Details of the how to access the service in York can be found here.

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