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Lifetime DLA claimants forced to apply for PIP early in 29 more postcode areas

Claimants getting a lifetime or indefinite award of disability living allowance (DLA)in a further 29 postcode areas are now being forced to try to claim personal independence payment (PIP) instead. Originally no transfers from DLA to PIP were planned to take place before October 2015.

The move from DLA to PIP in the 29 new areas began on 1 September. The transfer process is expected to take over two years, with the DWP saying claimants can be contacted at any time up to 30 September 2017.

In June, the DWP announced that 3,000 claimants in 10 postcode areas would begin to be assessed for PIP from 13 July, earlier than the original planned date of October 2015. The DWP claimed this was so they could test the reassessment process, including letters and phone call scripts.

However, the latest announcement suggests that the DWP is in a rush to get up to the full rate of an average of 1,800 assessments a day for lifetime DLA claimants.

The award rate for DLA to PIP reassessments has fallen from a high of 79% last November, down to a low of 72%. This means that currently 28% of DLA claimants do not get an award of PIP.

The new affected postcode areas are:

  • Bath (BA)
  • Blackpool (FY)
  • Bromley (BR)
  • Bournemouth (BH)
  • Bristol (BS)
  • Cambridge (CB)
  • Canterbury (CT)
  • Cardiff (CF)
  • Chelmsford (CM)
  • Crewe (CW)
  • Dartford (DA)
  • Dorchester (DT)
  • Durham (DH)
  • Gloucester (GL)
  • Halifax (HX)
  • Huddersfield (HD)
  • Lancaster (LA)
  • Luton (LU)
  • Plymouth (PL)
  • Portsmouth (PO)
  • Reading (RG)
  • Romford (RM)
  • Salisbury (SP)
  • Southend on Sea (SS)
  • Southampton (SO)
  • Stockport (SK)
  • Taunton (TA)
  • Torquay (TQ)
  • Truro (TR)

Already affected from 13 July are 10 postcode areas:

  • Blackburn (BB)
  • Bolton and Bury (BL)
  • Derby (DE)
  • Leicester (LE)
  • Manchester (M)
  • Oldham (OL)
  • Preston (PR)
  • Stoke-on-Tent (ST)
  • Warrington (WA)
  • Wigan (WN)

Comments  

#22 Tedley 2015-10-01 11:00
Quote:
Thanks very much for the information on postcodes.

Is it known why Colchester (CO) has been left out?
According to the (so-called ) Policy Welfare Reform document (2010-2015) Colchester was scheduled to be on their 'hit list' from the 22nd of May 2015.
Well I know now - my letter arrived today - so Colchester is on the list if you are over 16 and younger than 64
#21 Tedley 2015-10-01 10:57
Sorry to report that Colchester is on the DLA to PIP hit list. I got my letter today even though I only received an indefinite award very recently.
I'm in the older than 16 -but younger than 64 category.
#20 Tedley 2015-10-01 10:53
Quoting Kasbah:
Hi

I received a confusing letter this weekend from DWP saying that DLA will finish in October and would I like to claim PIP. It says to contact them to say I want to make a claim for PIP and my DLA money will continue until I am reassessed. However it doesnt say HOW to do this.

I am scared that if I contact them to say I want to make a claim for PIP they will make me fill in a form and then reassess me earlier. I can't focus on the information in their letter as i am so wound up and anxious about it- I couldn't bear to go through what I went through to receive my DLA (Won a Tribunal after a wait of 15 months). Has anyone had a similar letter, or does anyone have any advice? I'd be so grateful for any. Thanks very much for reading this.



There should be a phone number to call: 0800 917 222. If you are already on DLA press option 1 when you get through.
You'll be asked your National Insurance number; telephone number, GP name address and number and your bank account details including sort code.
The DWP bod will take you through the first part of the form - which is mainly admin. However, you will be sent a 'PIP 2' form to fill in in your own time. I guess the 'PIP 3' is the medical assessment itself.
#19 Kasbah 2015-09-14 16:10
Hi

I received a confusing letter this weekend from DWP saying that DLA will finish in October and would I like to claim PIP. It says to contact them to say I want to make a claim for PIP and my DLA money will continue until I am reassessed. However it doesnt say HOW to do this.

I am scared that if I contact them to say I want to make a claim for PIP they will make me fill in a form and then reassess me earlier. I can't focus on the information in their letter as i am so wound up and anxious about it- I couldn't bear to go through what I went through to receive my DLA (Won a Tribunal after a wait of 15 months). Has anyone had a similar letter, or does anyone have any advice? I'd be so grateful for any. Thanks very much for reading this.
#18 paul 2015-09-12 11:06
are the non listed postcodes lefton a knife edge?
+1 #17 linz17 2015-09-11 19:45
This is my first post so please excuse me if I get something wrong! My husband has had the Dis. allowance since 1982 - awarded to 2023 He has used it for a Motability car for many years. We have just received the PIP letter (SK1) for info. He is 67 in & missed the cut off 6/4 by 7days. Will he lose his allowance? the 'lady' at the PIP centre could not have been ruder & would take no notice of the mob.allowance as it no longer exists!! any advice please, will he lose the car?
+1 #16 carruthers 2015-09-11 18:23
@ Maisie and others.

Eigenveld's post was slightly confusing. Here is the DWP, being really clear (for a change!)

We have created a “bright line” rule in that those DLA recipients aged below 65 on 8 April 2013 will be within scope for PIP, and those aged 65 or over on [8 April 2013] will remain on DLA where they continue to satisfy the eligibility rules.

So check how old you were on 8 April 2013 and you will know if you have to worry about PIP.

If you have just turned 65 this year (2015), AND you already have DLA, then your DLA will cease when you are re-assessed, but you will be able to apply for PIP, which you will keep getting after your 65th birthday. Same thing applies for anyone already getting DLA and whose 65th birthday was after 8 April 2013.

BUT - you will have to satisfy the PIP conditions, which are tougher than the DLA ones.

If you were already 65 on 8 April 2013, and were already getting DLA, then you will continue to get DLA if you also continue to need it.
#15 Sian Barkatt 2015-09-11 16:10
Quote:
Quoting homealone:
Hi Maisie I am also 65 years of age this year and on the same benefit rate as yourself. I assume rightly or wrongly that at some point we will be contacted and advised that out DLA will cease and as we are too old for PIP, we will have to apply for Attendance Allowance which for me will mean my mobility car will have to be returned as mobility allowance is not a provision in Attendance Allowance.


Hi Homealone (Maisie),
No you will not automatically lose your car! If you were 65 before 8 April 1948 you will stay on DLA and not be disturbed. If you are 65 after that date then you will be asked to apply for PIP and if successful you won't notice any change and your car will stay.
I think he/she would be dead now if they were 65 before 1948 :)
#14 eigenveld 2015-09-11 13:15
Quoting homealone:
Hi Maisie I am also 65 years of age this year and on the same benefit rate as yourself. I assume rightly or wrongly that at some point we will be contacted and advised that out DLA will cease and as we are too old for PIP, we will have to apply for Attendance Allowance which for me will mean my mobility car will have to be returned as mobility allowance is not a provision in Attendance Allowance.


Hi Homealone (Maisie),
No you will not automatically lose your car! If you were 65 before 8 April 1948 you will stay on DLA and not be disturbed. If you are 65 after that date then you will be asked to apply for PIP and if successful you won't notice any change and your car will stay.
#13 homealone 2015-09-11 12:37
Hi Maisie I am also 65 years of age this year and on the same benefit rate as yourself. I assume rightly or wrongly that at some point we will be contacted and advised that out DLA will cease and as we are too old for PIP, we will have to apply for Attendance Allowance which for me will mean my mobility car will have to be returned as mobility allowance is not a provision in Attendance Allowance.
#12 denise 2015-09-10 15:05
we are all going to be done at some stage and there are going to be a lot of unhappy people All i hope is that they treat us with dignity..
#11 catherine.williams56@ntlworld.com 2015-09-10 10:57
Quoting struggling artis:
Quote:
Hello, I have a lifetime DLA award consisting of higher rate of both components, I will be 65 on the 17th of this month and am very concerned about what will happen, if anything, when I am 65. I have MS and epilepsy, the MS has worsened over the years, it will not get better and I have regular reviews and physiotherapy. can anyone give me some advice if they are in a similar position in my age group. This PIP is really quite frightening as I don' know, (along with hundreds of others) what to do, any help would be gratefully accepted, thank you for reading


Here's some information for you.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/180958/pip-briefing-people-over-65.pdf
I have just informed that my health has become worse this was about 4 weeks ago I received the reply from the DLA that nothing has changed in my claim but this is before my postcode was on the list to wait and see for me!
#10 Linda Parkin 2015-09-10 09:47
Does that mean if my post code is on the list that the DWP that everyone claiming DLA have to be seen or is it radom to go over to PIP
+1 #9 Cliff 2015-09-09 20:48
Can anyone tell me when Medway Kent is up?
+1 #8 paul 2015-09-09 19:33
what happens to postcodes not on the list?
+2 #7 Kenneth Bryant 2015-09-09 18:52
Hi maisie this is my first post on this site but to put your mind at ease I think Its safe to say that if you have reached retirement age before you'r
reassessment is due then so long as nothing has changed in your circumstances you will continue to get DLA.

As all this pip reassessment is for people of working age retired people are not part of it.
#6 eigenveld 2015-09-09 17:16
All the postcodes listed above are English postcodes. What are the plans for introduction of PIP in Scotland?
#5 Louise 2015-09-09 16:31
Hi all, This is my first post so thank you for this website. I have had numerous disabilities and health problems since a virus on the brain back in '97. I live in Norfolk which is ot on the list and they are introducing P.I.P. here. I have been on top rate DLA for both mobility and care indefinitly since 2005. I had to speak to a very rude person on the P.I.P. so called helpline due to my brain issues because I could not make a decision instantly. Obviously no skills off someone with brain damage ! I am also on the support group for E.S.A. How am I supposed to manage my 10 hour feeding tube regime if they kick me off. The irony is that I still pay tax for my E.S.A. ADMIN PLEASE UPDATE to include Norfolk. Good luck to all of us trying to fight this. Louise
#4 Sian Barkatt 2015-09-09 16:03
Does anyone know when Newport Gwent will be hit?
I know that under the new rules I will not qualify so I am preparing now for the drop in income.
#3 Tedley 2015-09-09 13:49
Thanks very much for the information on postcodes.

Is it known why Colchester (CO) has been left out?
According to the (so-called ) Policy Welfare Reform document (2010-2015) Colchester was scheduled to be on their 'hit list' from the 22nd of May 2015.

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