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Indefinite DLA award transfer to PIP starts early, postcodes announced

The DWP has today issued an updated timetable bringing forward the date when claimants with an ‘indefinite’ or ‘lifetime’ award of disability living allowance (DLA) will have to claim personal independence payment (PIP). Claimants will now start being assessed for PIP from 13 July 2015, instead of from October.

The decision is a deliberate snub to campaigners and to the courts after delays in processing PIP claims were found to be unlawful just last month.

Although the DWP argued at the time that they had greatly improved the speed with which claims were being dealt with, there are still many thousands of PIP claimants waiting for an assessment.

The first postcodes where DLA claimants with an indefinite award will start to be transferred are:

BB; BL; DE; LE; M; OL; PR; ST; WA and WN.

These postcodes cover parts of the following areas:

Blackburn, Bolton and Bury, Derby, Leicester, Manchester, Oldham, Preston, Stoke-on-Tent, Warrington, Wigan.

Atos carry out assessments in postcode areas:

BB; BL; M; OL; PR; WA and WN.

Capita carry out assessments in postcode areas:

DE; LE; ST.

Comments  

#47 Montyshiba 2016-02-14 01:55
Quoting trisha:
Hi I live in south wales got a face to face assessment on next Friday I had a indefinite award of DLA high on both had a new car under motobility in October 2015 with DWP blessing and then 6 wks later the phonecall to apply for PIP I had a assessment in july 2013 when i had gone 65 yrs old and I was awarded the care part of dla and motobility was renewed indefinite I thought they would of put me on to pip so I am now ready to loose car and care


sorry, but don't quite understand why you think you are ready to lose your DLA car & care allowance?
#46 trisha 2016-02-10 18:08
Hi I live in south wales got a face to face assessment on next Friday I had a indefinite award of DLA high on both had a new car under motobility in October 2015 with DWP blessing and then 6 wks later the phonecall to apply for PIP I had a assessment in july 2013 when i had gone 65 yrs old and I was awarded the care part of dla and motobility was renewed indefinite I thought they would of put me on to pip so I am now ready to loose car and care
#45 melissa 2016-01-01 20:34
i need to know if feltham or bedfont are on the pip postcode list yet as i cant seem to make the postcodes out i would most appreciate it if someone could tell me
#44 melissa 2016-01-01 20:32
Quoting susan christie:
I wish somebody would help me please! I have been on my gov pension since 60 yrs old and 7 months. I am a life time award person. Where do i start as im in the july postcodes. I have moved home 3 times in 3 years due to health problems. Therefore three mefical centres, none of them knew me. I just get repeats every month! Ive claimed dla high mobility low care since aprox 1990. I have no paperwork from anything. What do i need when im invited to apply for pips. Atos are in my area too! Can anyone tell me what to do first please? Susan xPLEASE WONT SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT TO DO FIRST???

can anyone tell me if feltham or bedfont in middlesx are on the postcode list
#43 silver 2015-07-21 19:22
hi,hopefully some one might have an answer to my question.I recieve an indefinate award of dla I am employed part time and recieve no other government benefits,I know its all about getting people off benefits and back to work but what about the ones that do work what happens to us ?
#42 Montyshiba 2015-07-12 10:59
Quote:
Even if you remain on DLA because you reached age 65 before April 2015 when PIP rolled out, the DWP did state that they would be looking at over 65s with indefinite awards to assess if Attendance Allowance was a more appropriate benefit, and there is no mobility component.
On the government website there is a simple checker you can fill in regarding DLA and your date of birth. PIP was actually rolled out in 2013,not 2015 as you state. Another way to check if you will be affected is based on your birthday date not when you reached 65. It clearly states that if you were born before or on 8th April 1948 then you will not be required to change over to PIP unless there is a change in your circumstances.

The reason for that date is that was the start of the NHS & Benefits system began. There appears to be a lot of worried people out there who cannot work out which group they fall into.

As I understand the rules laid down for the cut-off date, the over 65's you refer to who may be invited to change over to PIP are the people who turned 65 after 8th April 2013.
#41 Sparklykoi 2015-07-09 00:26
Susan xPLEASE WONT SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT TO DO FIRST to Sparkly koi. Im not sure i know what to do with the diary sheets after ive filked them in. Do i send them to dla or somethi g lije that?
Sorry for late reply, I'm no expert Susan, hopefully someone can advise you further. II didn't want to leave you without a reply. If you haven't had the form yet you don't need to give DWP anything yet, the diaries are to help you describe on the form how your condition affects you like going shopping or going out, how do you get around. It is easy to forget the details of how long it takes to dress or how long you needed to rest each day or what mobility aids you use around the house. If you have had severe mobility probs for years and near pension age it should be obvious to the decision maker/ health professional you should get PIP I would hope for you. Best wishes.
+1 #40 susan christie 2015-07-08 23:10
Thankyou to Sparkly koi. Im not sure i know what to do with the diary sheets after ive filked them in. Do i send them to dla or somethi g lije that?
+1 #39 susan christie 2015-07-08 23:08
Quote:
Quoting susan christie:
I wish somebody would help me please! I have been on my gov pension since 60 yrs old and 7 months. I am a life time award person. Where do i start as im in the july postcodes. I have moved home 3 times in 3 years due to health problems. Therefore three mefical centres, none of them knew me. I just get repeats every month! Ive claimed dla high mobility low care since aprox 1990. I have no paperwork from anything. What do i need when im invited to apply for pips. Atos are in my area too! Can anyone tell me what to do first please? Susan xPLEASE WONT SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT TO DO FIRST???

First - I'm in a similar situation with repeats. second - paperwork. There are diary templates on here you can print off and fill in regularly to help you describe typical day. Make an appointment at your medical centre and ask for a copy of your medical records, you have to pay for them. Honestly, read through the B&W guides thoroughly. I'm also a nervous wreck but the guides are brilliant at explaining everything you will need to do. Well worth subscription. xx
SPARKLY WHEN I FILL IN THE DIARY SHEETS DO I GIVE THEM TO SOMEBODY AT A MEDICAL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT PLEASE? I FEEL QUITE THICK AT THIS SORT OF THING X
#38 Sparklykoi 2015-07-08 20:46
Quoting susan christie:
I wish somebody would help me please! I have been on my gov pension since 60 yrs old and 7 months. I am a life time award person. Where do i start as im in the july postcodes. I have moved home 3 times in 3 years due to health problems. Therefore three mefical centres, none of them knew me. I just get repeats every month! Ive claimed dla high mobility low care since aprox 1990. I have no paperwork from anything. What do i need when im invited to apply for pips. Atos are in my area too! Can anyone tell me what to do first please? Susan xPLEASE WONT SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT TO DO FIRST???

First - I'm in a similar situation with repeats. second - paperwork. There are diary templates on here you can print off and fill in regularly to help you describe typical day. Make an appointment at your medical centre and ask for a copy of your medical records, you have to pay for them. Honestly, read through the B&W guides thoroughly. I'm also a nervous wreck but the guides are brilliant at explaining everything you will need to do. Well worth subscription. xx
#37 susan christie 2015-07-06 22:56
I wish somebody would help me please! I have been on my gov pension since 60 yrs old and 7 months. I am a life time award person. Where do i start as im in the july postcodes. I have moved home 3 times in 3 years due to health problems. Therefore three mefical centres, none of them knew me. I just get repeats every month! Ive claimed dla high mobility low care since aprox 1990. I have no paperwork from anything. What do i need when im invited to apply for pips. Atos are in my area too! Can anyone tell me what to do first please? Susan xPLEASE WONT SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT TO DO FIRST???
#36 susan christie 2015-07-06 22:32
Quote:
Karl - they have supposedly selected the postcode areas that they think can cope with the extra workload. They have also suggested that people will be selected at random from those areas, possibly first will those who have reached their 65th birthday since April 2013 when PIP began for new applicants.
I am 65 in Dec. If i had been 65 by April 15 then i would need not apply!
#35 susan christie 2015-07-06 22:30
Quote:
when I recieved my anual increase it also stated that if over 65 you will continue to recieve DLA no meed to do anything anyone else seen this
Yes i saw that in the spring. Also telling me that i will be invited to apply for pip oct onward.
+1 #34 Paul Richards 2015-07-06 21:58
Hi kathy,
If this information is correct, then (in my own personal opinion) the DWP (with IDS at the head of it al!l) has sunk to an even lower level. I do not know the current rate of Attendance Allowance, but I would guess that this rate would be lower than DLA and then, on top of that, for many people on mobility - then they could be without a car (in their old age!). I can see where this is all heading - the old saying 'work till you drop' - whatever your age. I realise that the Greece situation could eventually be worse - but G.B. is rapidly catching up.

Carroll - with what you have heard, this is completely different - is the DWP sending out various and diverse messages? - or (more likely) - they have absolutely no idea of what they are doing or where they are going. Just like this 'Government' in general - excellent at running 'other countries' affairs - totally useless at running their own.
#33 kathy 2015-07-06 18:57
Even if you remain on DLA because you reached age 65 before April 2015 when PIP rolled out, the DWP did state that they would be looking at over 65s with indefinite awards to assess if Attendance Allowance was a more appropriate benefit, and there is no mobility component.
#32 Carroll 2015-07-06 12:48
when I recieved my anual increase it also stated that if over 65 you will continue to recieve DLA no meed to do anything anyone else seen this
+5 #31 KatePL2 2015-07-03 14:11
I have an indefinite DLA award at the higher rate for both care and mobility; I'm not in the first wave of postcode areas, but I'm dreading the day I will be forced to claim PIP because I'm convinced that the government are gunning for the 'soft targets' in their mission to make austerity the norm. I for one will not be browbeaten or bullied by the DWP or anyone else, I just hope that all genuine claimants will follow the excellent advice on this website and if they are disallowed or 'downgraded' I really hope they'll have the courage and strength to appeal. Good luck to all disabled claimants - we are people who deserve our benefits and who don't deserve our illnesses and disabilities
+5 #30 Kasbah 2015-07-02 13:16
It is frightening to see our rights being eroded further and further- the ILF
being stopped is heartbreaking and discriminatory as is what is happening regarding PIP and ESA. The Government has no moral integrity,(incr edible that IDS has had his official credit card blocked after running up more than £1000 in expenses debts!) no compassion, no understanding of disability poverty. They only operate to look after their own. Compared with other North-Western countries in Europe we are straggling way behind now with regards to treatment of disabled people.
It is sickening and frightening and we must keep fighting back and not give up until our hard-won rights are re-instated. NEVER give up.
+2 #29 Montyshiba 2015-07-02 09:08
Quoting carol:
Hi
I live in B73 cant get info from DLA when I will be transfered to PIP.
Is there anyone who can guide me through the entire PIP transfer process.



First you should become a member & purchase the excellent Guide to completing the PIP application. . . .
+2 #28 Montyshiba 2015-07-02 08:51
Quoting stripey1877:
Hi I live in Scotland and have not as yet received the dreaded letter requesting me to apply for PIP, at present I am on an indefinate award of DLA both higher rates. Is it best to take all evidence, as I have seen so many doctors with regards to my neurological and mobilty conditions I do not know who to write too for evidence, what should I do? I also have a motobility car does this go back to the dealer? I have great concern about it all its making my family and I very nervous. Can you request a home visit? Please help


You are worrying too much. If you have a genuine need for assistance with your care & transport to maintain your health then it becomes most important to keep all correspondence from your GP_ or any specialists you are referred to, any special tests you have such as various scans together with a copy of your results letter sent to your GP. The more evidence you have of your condition & the way it affects you, the better for the decision-makers to pass your claim.

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