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TOPIC: DLA claim - How long for a decision ???

DLA claim - How long for a decision ??? 7 years 9 months ago #13770

  • spire2003 Salt
My wife had a stroke nearly 3 months ago. A WRO came to see us a couple of days ago & as i had already filled in a DLA claim form, he only needed to check it through. I had another form so the changes he suggested didnt take long. The WRO thought that my wife may qualify for HRC & HRM but possibly only in the short term. Can anyone tell me how long it takes for a decision to be made about the claim ? Also what is the shortest award ? I assume it is 6 months as that is how much longer she is going to need help, hopefully. Strokes , we are told, are individual. We will have to see how she improves.


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Re:DLA claim - How long for a decision ??? 7 years 9 months ago #13771


I'm afraid it's impossible to say. First claims for DLA are dealt with by Disability Benefit Centres (DBC) located throughout the UK, so it depends on busy the DBC office is that deals with your area.

Of course it will be delayed by the Christmas and New Year holidays.

My advice would be to leave it to after the New Year and give the office a ring and ask how long it's likely to take to process your wife's claim.

However, as you have consulted a WRO, they should have some idea how long it's currently taking to process DLA claims in your area, and also should have some idea of how long the award will be for if it's successful.

From my experience short awards of 6 months are not made very often, DWP Decision Makers usually award for a year, at least that's the situation in my area.

Good luck.


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