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TOPIC: PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon?

PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon? 2 years 8 months ago #118423

Hi, my apologies for what is probably a familiar question, but I cannot work this out, so I would appreciate any clarity you could provide!

My DLA is due for renewal in Feb 2015, which would usually mean receiving a renewal form in about September of this year. I had been assuming it would be for PIP, and, because of my severe ill health, I would have to prepare answers for the form in advance, starting in just a couple of months - it will take me a long time.

However, now I am confused, as the govt website checker says I will not be contacted about PIP till 2015. My postcode (south east England) is not one of those in the current rollout for existing claimants.

Does this mean I will in fact have to claim PIP next time, and it's just that they won't contact me until 28 days before my DLA is due to end, rather than the several months that they allow for DLA, or does this mean that my renewal will actually be for DLA this time, and it will be the one after Feb 2015 that is for PIP?

It makes a difference, as if it's going to be DLA, I need not spend all my spare strength over the summer wrestling with the PIP form. I'd rather not waste the time and energy and stress if in fact I don't need to (yet).

Can anyone help?

Many thanks.
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PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon? 2 years 8 months ago #118424

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Rainbowlight

Whether you are invited to claim PIP will depend on whether your postcode is active 20 weeks in advance of your DLA renewal, so around about the beginning of September 2014. If it is then you will be notified to claim PIP, if it is not then it will likely be a DLA renewal and you will be transferred to PIP when it next renews.

So you need to keep checking to see how the rollout progresses.

Gordon
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PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon? 2 years 8 months ago #118426

That's very helpful, thank you very much Gordon.

One follow-up question if I may: if my postcode is active in Sep, should I expect the PIP form several months in advance as with DLA, or are they sent out just about 28 days before the current award ends?
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PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon? 2 years 8 months ago #118430

You will be notified that your DLA claim is coming to an end. You will not be sent PIP forms, you will have to apply for these yourself. Your DLA claim will remain live until a decision is amde regarding your PIP (as long as you send the forms in on time).
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PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon? 2 years 8 months ago #118432

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Rainbowlight wrote:
That's very helpful, thank you very much Gordon.

One follow-up question if I may: if my postcode is active in Sep, should I expect the PIP form several months in advance as with DLA, or are they sent out just about 28 days before the current award ends?

Twenty weeks before your DLA renews you will be sent an invitation to claim PIP, you will not be sent the PIP claim forms.

You will have four weeks from the date of the letter to make a claim for PIP, if you do then you will receive a PIP claim form to complete, if you do not then your DLA will be suspended and you will receive a second letter giving you a further 4 weeks to apply for PIP, if you still fail to claim PIP, then your DLA will be terminated from the date that it was suspended.

If you do claim PIP then your DLA will remain in payment, even if this exceeds the renewal date, until four weeks after a Decision is made on your PIP claim, after which it will be terminated.

Gordon
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PIP: Do I need to prepare for it soon? 2 years 8 months ago #118433

Gordon and MrsHurtyback,

Thank you so much, that is really helpful. Much appreciated.

regards
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