Sadly, the transition from Disability Living Allowance to its replacement – the dreaded Personal Independence Payment or PIP, has now started in some pilot areas. Whilst there are still some outstanding issues to be resolved such as the walking distance to qualify for the enhanced payment of the mobility element which is the subject of a Judicial Review, it is safe to say that the government are steam-rolling ahead. Please monitor this blog, our website and social media accounts for regular updates and feedback regarding developments.
Whilst children and those who were 65 or over on 08th April 2013 will not be transferred onto PIP yet, all other DLA recipients will be ultimately transferred according to the Department for Work and Pensions timetable.
From 08th April 2013, new claims for DLA will be consumed by PIP for those living in the following postcodes;
BL, CA, CH (except CH1, CH4-8), CW, DH, DL (except DL6-11), FY, L, LA (except LA2 7, LA2 8, LA6 2, LA6 3), M, NE, PR, SR, TS (except TS9), WA and WN.
From 10th June 2013, new claims for PIP will replace DLA new claims for the rest of the country. There will be no new claims for DLA for people aged 16 – 64 (those of working age).
From 07th October 2013, existing DLA recipients who report a change in their circumstances will need to apply for PIP instead. Also, exisiting DLA recipients on a fixed term award which will expire before the end of February 2014 will be asked to renew their claim through PIP. Young people who reach the age of 16 before the end of February 2014 will need to renew their DLA claim under PIP.
Between October 2015 and 2018, all other recipients of DLA (such as those on indefinite period awards) will be asked to claim PIP instead of DLA. Everyone should have been contacted before the end of 2018.
For a detailed explanation of PIP, please visit the following website;
www.gov.uk/pip or call 0845 850 3322 (textphone 0845 601 6677)
PIP is not DLA. The eligibility criteria is very different and is intended to direct support to those with the greatest needs. How successful this transition will be is unknown but we shall all be monitoring it closely and offering advice and support. Your thoughts, comments etc are also invited. It is an emotive subject and one which is not likely to go away any time soon.