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DLA / PIP (8th Jan 13 at 6:00pm UTC)
I have nicked this from another health site, which I trust, and thought it might be useful to put on here

This is all the information we have at this stage, so any questions please ring your local DWP Office who can adise you further....

Personal Independence Payment Update

The Government has recently announced some new information regarding the
design and delivery of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which is the
benefit replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16-64 .


Instead of carrying out a high level assessment strategy which would have
meant existing claimants being assessed from this October, they will be
undertaking a significantly slower reassessment profile. The Government hope
that this will enable them to take the time to learn from the early
introduction of PIP. The peak period of reassessments will now fall around
two years later than originally planned.
The revised delivery timetable is as follows:

8 April 2013
From 8 April 2013 new claims to PIP will be taken in the controlled start
area in the North West and part of the North East of England.

From June 2013
New claims to PIP will be taken in all remaining areas of Great Britain.


From October 2013
Reassessment for PIP of fixed period DLA awards coming up for renewal, young
people turning 16 and where DLA claimants with indefinite awards report a
change in their condition.


From October 2015
All remaining claimants in receipt of a DLA award will be invited to make a
claim for PIP. DWP will randomly select those recipients of DLA in receipt
of an indefinite award or a fixed term award and notify them about what they
need to do to claim PIP. They will prioritise recipients who have turned 65
after 8 April 2013, when PIP was first introduced.

PIP Rates
The PIP rates have now been announced. The enhanced rates of PIP will be the
same as the highest rates of DLA. The standard rate of the daily living
component will be the same as the middle rate of DLA care and standard
mobility will be the same as lower mobility in DLA.
The exact weekly rates of PIP are;

Daily Living Enhanced Rate = £79.15
Daily Living Standard Rate = £53.00
Mobility Enhanced Rate = £55.25
Mobility Standard Rate = £21.00

These rates are provisional until the legislative process is completed in
early 2013. PIP will continue to be a non-means tested, non-taxable cash
benefit which will be uprated in line with the Consumer Price Index.
For full details of the revised projections visit www.dwp.gov.


Current rates are: Care: top rate £77.45; middle rate £51.85 and lower rate £20.55
Mobility: top rate £54.05; lower rate £20.25

Looks to the untrained eye that they are dropping the lower rate care and increasing others slightly.
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Re: DLA / PIP (9th Jan 13 at 7:47pm UTC)
Decision makers have been entering the DLA claim information into PIP criteria since October 2012 in the trial areas in order to gain a clearer statistical model of the numbers that would qualify under each system. As with all new benefits it will not work as intended at the first attempt, we are currently on version 3 of ESA as problems and anomalies have been identified. A slowing of the pace of change is possibly related to the rationalisation that is expected along with the legal challenges which provide the case law which also shaped DLA from it's beginning.
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Re: DLA / PIP (10th Jan 13 at 4:34pm UTC)
Of course - I quite agree with whatever it is you are saying!!!!

All I know is that if it removes from the list those, who do not deserve the benefit, then it will have been a success! Despite what people say, there are those around who should not be claiming and I am sure that we all know a few.

People seem to think it is their right to have benefits - no it is not. Get out there and get a job if you are fit and able, any job. Think we should reduce benefits so that working pays more. What could then happen is that, those who are genuine, could receive more from the pot, because they need it and they are genuine.

Many years ago, the Pension Fund at work did an audit on those who had received an ill-health pension. If you got one of those, you were basically too ill to work, although in certain circumstances you could do some light work, i.e. desk work if you had been on the factory floor, and if your circumstances changed, you were obliged to advise the Penion Fund. It was illuminating: some people had their pensions stopped because they were working again in the same or similar capacity elsewhere; one had been retired with stomach cancer, which was genuine, but had gone on to make a very good recovery and was found working as a hod carrier on a building site!!!

I will now step down from my soap box and hand over to someone else!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: DLA / PIP (23rd Jan 13 at 2:11pm UTC)
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/disability/personal-independence-payment/#wpi

New claims

April 2013 – Personal Independence Payment will be introduced for new claims in Merseyside, North West England, Cumbria, Cheshire and North East England. During this period new claimants in all other parts of the country will continue to claim Disability Living Allowance as now.
June 2013 – new claims for Personal Independence Payment will be taken from all parts of the country.

Existing DLA claimants

Existing Disability Living Allowance claimants who are aged 16 to 64 on 8 April 2013 will be affected by the introduction of Personal Independence Payment, even if they have an indefinite or lifetime award of DLA.

We will write to all existing DLA claimants in February and March 2013 with more information.

Personal Independence Payment is being introduced in stages over a number of years.

October 2013 – if an individual reports a change in how a health condition or disability affects them, they reach the end of an existing award of DLA, or they are approaching the age of 16, then we will invite them to claim Personal Independence Payment.
From 2015 – we will start to contact everyone else receiving DLA (unless they report a change in how their health condition or disability affects them, or if their award is due to end). We will write to individuals in plenty of time and they do not need to contact DWP now.

There is no automatic transfer from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/disability/personal-independence-payment/information-for-advisers/
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Re: DLA / PIP (6th Apr 13 at 9:09pm UTC)
Disability Benefits Consortium asking for pledges from PIP medical service providers ATOS and Capita

http://www.mind.org.uk/assets/0002/3637/DBC_PIP_pledges_report.pdf
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Re: DLA / PIP (7th Apr 13 at 4:32pm UTC)
hmm very interesting, but i still reckon its all a plot to rip us off {Cry} {Cry}
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Re: DLA / PIP (7th Apr 13 at 8:09pm UTC)
Reckon with ATOS previous form a safe bet we'll have more of the same
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Re: DLA / PIP (10th Apr 13 at 5:44pm UTC)
Disability Living Allowance replaced by PIP scheme http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22058059
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Re: DLA / PIP (20th Aug 13 at 2:27pm UTC)
Government’s benefits advisers say PIP changes could cause ‘catastrophe’

http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2013/08/governments-benefits-advisers-say-pip-changes-could-cause-catastrophe/
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Re: DLA / PIP (26th Oct 13 at 11:35am UTC)
More phased move to PIP for those on DLA

The Government has announced changes to how it will start reassessing people already receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) says it now plans a much more phased approach, with ‘natural reassessment’ starting on 28 October in Wales, East Midlands, West Midlands and East Anglia only, in cases where:

It receives information about a change in care or mobility needs on or after 28 October

A fixed term award is due to expire on or after 17 March 2014

Children turn 16 years old on or after 7 October 2013 (unless they have been awarded DLA under the Special Rules for terminally ill people)

An individual chooses to claim PIP instead of their DLA

It is the area in which the contract for carrying out assessments has been awarded to the private firm Capita, rather than Atos Healthcare.

Gheck if this will affect you at https://www.gov.uk/pip-checker
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Re: DLA / PIP (27th Oct 13 at 1:20pm UTC)
I am still waiting for a decision on DLA and already I can see how it will be taken away if I ever managed to get the help that I need to live with this http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24680366
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Re: DLA / PIP (1st Nov 13 at 3:19pm UTC)
A booklet from the DWP https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/253414/pip-toolkit-factsheet-006-reassessment.pdf
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Re: DLA / PIP (19th Nov 13 at 6:41pm UTC)
Over 50,000 disabled people could lose jobs as vital support is cut http://disabilitybenefitsconsortium.wordpress.com/category/other/
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Re: DLA / PIP (23rd Nov 13 at 5:48pm UTC)
Civil servants told to judge whether disabled deserve benefits by GOOGLING their illnesses

Leaked memo reveals Department for Work and Pensions staff were instructed to look online when assessing Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance claims
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/civil-servants-told-judge-whether-2810718#ixzz2lUZHlecA
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Re: DLA / PIP (4th Dec 13 at 10:18am UTC)
Disabled People: Mobility Benefits — Questions in The House of Lords

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean (Conservative)

My Lords, can my noble friend indicate whether he is satisfied that every penny that is available to Motability goes to those in greatest need? Can he tell the House what the salary is of the highest paid director?

Lord Freud (Conservative)

My Lords, Motability puts out a report and accounts. I was looking through the latest the other day, which was from 2012, and its highest paid director was paid something more than £800,000.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2013-12-02a.1.0&s=+section%3Alords
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Re: DLA / PIP (21st Jun 14 at 12:09pm UTC)
Thousands left in limbo in benefit appeals system grinding to a halt
An extra 'mandatory reconsideration' stage added to the disability benefits appeal process by government is creating huge suffering
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/18/thousands-limbo-disability-benefit-appeals-grind-to-halt
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