Lifetime DLA claimants now being forced to apply for PIP nationally
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- Created: Monday, 05 October 2015 09:20
The DWP has confirmed that claimants getting an indefinite or lifetime award of disability living allowance (DLA) throughout the UK will now start being transferred to personal independence payment (PIP).
The move from DLA to PIP for lifetime claimants began in pilot areas in July of this year, with further postcodes being added in September.
However, the DWP announced the national roll out of the transfer in the latest edition HB Direct, a bulletin that goes out to all local authorities:
“From October 2015, PIP will be rolled out across GB to claimants that have a long-term or indefinite award of DLA.
“The rollout will be carefully managed to make sure that the volume of invitations issued to claimants in each postcode matches the capacity of the assessment providers in that area.”
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 more than a quarter of DLA claimants do not get an award of PIP.