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An Important DLA-PIP Transfer Tip From Fightback

April 10, 2015

I saw this on Facebook last night. I have a lifetime award of DLA, but it still worries me. Please share widely.

DLA-PIP transfer TIP

As DWP forge ahead with the changeover process around the country, we are informed that many of you are now receiving letters from DWP stating that your claim for DLA is going to end soon if you do not start the PIP process. Basically a letter is sent out at random, no matter whether you are due for renewal or not, inviting you to start the process, but informing you that if you do not do so within around 3-4 weeks then your DLA will be temporarily suspended. PLEASE NOTE that this only applies if you have received such a letter, try not to panic if you have not or have a lifetime award as its likely that you will be one of the last on the list to be transferred, unless you have a change in condition.

The initial process involves a phone call to PIP informing them you want to claim PIP, you have no choice but to start this if you want to keep your award, and there are some people who are not even getting this initial letter, or ignoring it in a hope it will go away. It will not, and your payments will cease if you do not comply with them, and we are getting a lot of scared people ringing and messaging as a result of this.

What do you need to do? You need to ring the number on the DWP letter, and give your national insurance no, GP details, Specialist details, which will then generate a PIP2 form, which is the form that explains how your disability affects you, we can fill these out for you in any area, over the phone or in person in the NW or if you can get to our office. We have an excellent success rate with this. The PIP2 form is sent second class and can take up to a month to arrive, and needs to be back into them within a month from the date on the letter, so ring them if you have not had adequate time to complete, as it was delayed as they will extend this for you.

Please note that assuming that because you have been on DLA for years, the DWP know your medical history or have contacted your GP in the past, and therefore you will not need to send the evidence in again is a dangerous assumption. The onus is on YOU to provide medical evidence to substantiate your claim, and the assessors will only write to your GP or Specialists in a small percentage of cases. So start gathering it now, and keep those appointment letters, and ask for the specialist to GP letters in advance, so that you are sure to have all the info you will need when the time comes. Do not wait until you get the dreaded letter, as you will only have a month to get the info back to them once you get the PIP2 form, this is inadequate time get them from GPs etc if available at all.

Being prepared is half of the battle.



7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2015 12:31 am

    Thank you for this as it applies to me and I’m worried as I depend on my wheelchair and motability car as well as communication needs

  2. Mrs Susan J Newey permalink
    April 10, 2015 3:29 am

    My partner and myself have indeed had the letter informing us that DLA is changing to PIP, We do need assistance with this please.
    Mr Leighton Lewis 10/04/2015

  3. Pete permalink
    April 10, 2015 9:39 am

    If you’re claiming PIP for a mental health condition, then remember that your GP is probably unaware of your level of functioning. My advice is that when you receive your letter to phone the DWP, you get a list of the PIP descriptors and underline the ones which you think apply, write some brief notes, and ask your GP to write a letter of support, which you can send in with your form. I recently got turned down for PIP with zero points, having had no medical assessment, and the DWP decision maker having merely phoned my GP, asking god-knows-what.

  4. April 10, 2015 10:08 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  5. April 11, 2015 12:48 am

    what if you have no specialist and your regular doctor has now retired

  6. April 11, 2015 11:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

  7. Vera permalink
    October 12, 2015 4:06 pm

    Got my PIP assessment day after tomorrow, 14/10/2015. I am 66 years old soon to be 67 on 6th November. I have been claiming DLA for several years due to numerous medical conditions and depression. It has been a nightmare filling in the new form, which my son did for me. It took me ages to get Asos to agree to come out and do a house visit, which required a letter from my doctor explaining the reasons why, for example, my inability to walk very far and having to be near a toilet. At the moment I have a wheelchair which is used to take me to my mobility car and which is used for me to be pushed around when shopping, I have aids which help support my arthritic hands. I have a full time carer who works 35 hours per week and is the person who is writing this article for me at the moment. I need help with taking medication, personal hygiene I can’t prepare meals or cook anything for myself, I have help getting showered and dressed. I need to be near a toilet due to chronic diviculitise (causing bowel incontinence). My other illnesses are wide spread osteoarthritis (worse in hips and knees) torn cartilage in knees, chronic bronchial asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fibromyalgia depression etc. At the moment I do not have a stair lift, and someone has told me that I will not be believed as to how I get up and down the stairs which is on my bottom. Currently, I receive middle rate care and high rate mobility. do you think my ‘old age’ and not having a stair lift, will work against my current entitlement to these benefits? I don’t know what I would do if I lost my DLA/PIP especially the mobility component. Desperado!!

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