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TOPIC: DLA 65+ - date condition got worse - question 56

DLA 65+ - date condition got worse - question 56 1 month 3 weeks ago #170032

Hello, I am helping my mum fill in her form to report that she now needs more help, but I'm unsure how to answer Q56 "date condition got worse and why didn't you tell us before".
My mum has had various conditions for a number of years, some of which have worsened over time and some of which are "new" (i.e they weren't present when she initially claimed DLA many years ago)
My mum is in her 80s and fiercely independent and proud and it has taken me a long time to finally get her to admit to needing more help and actually go ahead with the new claim which covers her "new" care/help needs.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
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DLA 65+ - date condition got worse - question 56 1 month 3 weeks ago #170054

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Jaysey wrote:
Hello, I am helping my mum fill in her form to report that she now needs more help, but I'm unsure how to answer Q56 "date condition got worse and why didn't you tell us before".
My mum has had various conditions for a number of years, some of which have worsened over time and some of which are "new" (i.e they weren't present when she initially claimed DLA many years ago)
My mum is in her 80s and fiercely independent and proud and it has taken me a long time to finally get her to admit to needing more help and actually go ahead with the new claim which covers her "new" care/help needs.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

There are two aspects to this questions, the first is the claimant promptly telling the DWP that a change has occurred, as this is a deterioration the DWP will not be as bothered as they would have been had there been an improvement, your explanation in your post should be sufficient to explain this.

The second aspect is about when any new award should apply from you need to give the DWP a reasonable understanding of when your mother's conditions changed, I realise that this may be difficult especially if the change was gradual,. just do your best to come up with a date.

Gordon
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