April is around the corner and that means only one thing for a lot of people! new benefit changes and the all new Personal Independence Payment otherwise known as PIP.
You may be like a lot of people sick of hearing the word PIP but on other hand very wary of what it may bring.
We at Disability Online will be attending the training sessions over the next few months so we will be able to provide a service for those wishing to apply for PIP.
We as a organisation and like many out there will also be learning all the new regulations and guidelines of PIP just like all the claimants and some volunteers and staff within Disability organisations will also be affected by PIP on a personal level if they are on DLA today, so we will know how hard it can be.
No one likes change at the best of times and this is a change on a great scale for all disabled people of working age.
Below is a brief outline of how PIP will be introduced and when, but the main focus of this news article is to explain to you that your not on your own there when it comes to PIP and to let you know that there are many organisations out there just like Disability Online and will be able to help you with the necessary form filling when the time comes.
We want you to feel that help is provided out there where ever you are in UK.
Please don’t panic when the time comes and get the help that is provided by your local Disability organisation, you can find your local organisation by web search, local council, CAB or independent living centre.
We are now in a position to inform you that “The Department for Work and Pensions” have now started to release more up to date information regarding PIP.
From March 2013 everyone on DLA will receive a letter from DWP explaining about the changes.
So April 8th 2013 sees the introduction of Personal Independence Payment for new claims in Merseyside, North West England, Cumbria, Cheshire and North East England.
Please note During this period new claimants in all other parts of the country will continue to claim Disability Living Allowance as now.
From June 2013 new claims for PIP will be taken from all parts of the country.
October 2013 will see introduction of PIP for claimants who are currently on Disability Living Allowance who report a change in health / circumstances.
2015 will see the biggest shake up that PIP will cause by everyone between 16 years of age to 64 years of age currently on DLA and regardless of health or background be “invited” to claim PIP.
Latest Update on PIP – October 2012.
Recently I attended a meeting for Lancashire Customer Representative Group with Job Centre Plus and there was a presentation on the new allowance that will take over from Disability Living Allowance which is called Personal Independence Payment or PIP for short.
So here is an update for clients and those interested in PIP.
Personal Independence Payment which we will use PIP throughout the rest of this article, is the new allowance that the government have introduced through the Welfare Reform Bill and after the biggest consultation that the DWP have carried out.
April 8th 2013
PIP will be claimed for by all new claimants who want to claim DLA – Please note that any claimants wanting to claim DLA will continue to do so until Midnight on 8th April so that means if you ring the benefit advice line at DWP on 7th April and ask to claim a disability allowance for working age they will issue you with a DLA form. – This period is for people living in Cheshire, Cumbria, Merseyside, North East and North West England.
PIP is not to be seen as replacement allowance for DLA – like ESA for IB, the criteria and claiming process is totally different to DLA.
New Claims for PIP will be rolled out all over the UK for all people from 16 – 64 years of age and The DWP expect by summer 2017 every one of working age who is entitled to PIP will be on it and that no one of working age will be on DLA, to start a new claim for PIP the claimant should telephone DWP on: 0800 917 2222 This number will be available from 8 April 2013 and the lines will be open between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Reassessment for PIP of those currently on DLA from 16 – 64 years of age this will not be in order, those who are reassessed will be done random (so name in hat sort of speak)
All claimants should be on PIP by this point.
So what is PIP?
PIP is to help towards some of the extra costs arising from ill-health or disability. It is based on how a person’s condition affects them, not the condition they have, the award will be limited for instance 5 years and then you will have to make a new claim, in some circumstances it may be extended to 10 years but this is in very exceptional circumstances, however awards will be reviewed to ensure that the claimant is receiving the right support.
Reviews will be at appropriate intervals depending on how likely it is for the claimant’s condition or impairment to change.
PIP is for people aged 16 to 64
DLA will remain for children up to the age of 16. Once PIP has been introduced, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will contact them as they approach 16 to explain what will happen
DLA will remain available to those 65 or over on 8 April 2013 (the day that PIP is introduced)
In the same way as DLA, claimants can receive PIP whether they are in or out of work. The benefit is not means tested or taxed.
There are two components to PIP – for daily living and mobility needs. Each component can be paid at standard rate, or enhanced rate for those with the greatest needs.
Enhanced – 12 points Enhanced – 12 points
Standard – 8 points Standard – 8 points
Daily Living Mobility
Any points below 8 means you will not be entitled to PIP
PIP will include an assessment of the individuals needs by a health professional. Most people will have a face to face consultation as part of their claim.
So here is the process of claiming PIP
1. Thinking about claiming
Information about PIP will be available from a range of sources, including online, via leaflets and through support organisations. This will explain the eligibility criteria and help the claimant decide if they want to claim PIP. – You must have had the condition for more than 3 months before claiming PIP and to have it more than period of 9 months. – The phone call will in essence establish if the claimant will be entitled to claim PIP if they say that you do not fit the criteria and not able to claim, you can insist on claiming anyway whether you will be awarded it you won’t know.
Existing DLA claimants will be contacted individually by DWP to ask if they want to claim PIP.
2. Making a claim
Claimants (or those supporting them, if your supporting a client please make sure that you’re with the client when you make the claim, if the client is deaf and unable to communicate can use textphone or they should tell the DWP member on the phone) phone DWP to make a claim for PIP. This involves an identity check and some basic questions. Paper claims won’t normally be used, and online claims should be available from spring 2014. Additional support, such as provision of alternative formats will be available.
A form is then posted to the claimant. – Unlike DLA organisations and advisors will NOT carry PIP forms or be able to stock these, all PIP are barcoded and unique to the person claiming, but organisations and advisors can complete the form on behalf of the client.
3. Telling your story – How your condition affects you?
Claimant completes the form to explain how their condition affects their daily life, both on good and bad days and over a range of activities.
Supporting evidence can be sent with this form, which they return to DWP by post.
If you fail to return your form in time you will NOT be able to appeal this like you can will DLA at the moment.
Claim details, form and supporting evidence are passed to an Atos health care professional for many but some areas the healthcare provider could be:
- Lot 1 – Atos Healthcare – Scotland, NE England, NW England & Isle of Man
- Lot 2 – Capita Business Services Ltd – Wales, Central England
- Lot 3 – Atos Healthcare – London, South England
- Lot 4 – Northern Ireland (TBC)
Most people will be asked to attend a face to face consultation unless a decision can be reached on the basis of written evidence. (Similar process as ESA assessments when they have sent the ESA Work Capability Assessment Questionnaire)
Home visits will be available when necessary and claimants can take someone along for support. The consultation will provide the opportunity to explain their support needs in their own words.
The health professional reviews the claim against a set of clear descriptors to assess the challenges faced by the individual.
A DWP Decision Maker will use all the information in the claim form, from the health professional and anything else that has been provided. They will make a reasoned decision on entitlement, including the level and length of award
What about existing DLA claimants?
There are no automatic entitlements to PIP, even where an indefinite or lifetime DLA award has been made.
Existing DLA recipients who are aged between 16 and 64 years old on 8 April 2013 will need to decide if they want to make a claim for PIP.
DWP will write to individuals at some point between October 2013 and Spring 2016 to let them know when their DLA is due to end, and explain how they can make a claim for PIP. Claimants will be randomly selected for reassessment.
Existing claimants do not need to take any action now
If an existing DLA recipient makes a claim for PIP then their DLA would normally continue until a decision on their PIP claim is made. If PIP is not awarded or not claimed then DLA will stop and this will include there mobility if you have a car on mobility scheme.
How are other benefits affected?
PIP does not affect benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance or Jobseeker’s Allowance. People receiving Attendance Allowance will not be affected by the introduction of PIP.
Like DLA, receiving PIP may provide access to other help. This can include Blue Badges, concessionary travel passes or Mot0bility.
Carers may also receive Carers Allowance because the person they are caring for is receiving DLA or PIP. – Carers Allowance is payable to customers on PIP and receiving PIP either Enhanced or Standard. (It’s like middle or higher DLA to qualify for Carers)
If claimants are subsequently not eligible for PIP then these benefits and services may also be affected.
If you require more information about PIP on how it will effect you then please visit the DWP website here or to see how we will be able to help you from April 2013 then please contact us by going to our contact pages here or see our news page on PIP here
You can also see PIP Myth Buster which has been devised by DWP click here to read it.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) update
More information on the new benefit that will be taking over when Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is scrapped for working age people and the benefit that is called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) have been released by the government and it can be confirmed that this new benefit will be brought in to the system around 2013 for new claims and then from 2014 until 2016 those on DLA will transition onto the new PIP benefit.
However this new benefit will be totally different than DLA and is in no place a replacement benefit, the criteria, rules, payment and so on are totally different to DLA so please check all the information for latest updates.
The Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) have issued 2 new files on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) 1 FAQs and Personal Independence Payment 2nd draft of assessment regulations.
Please see below for the files and there is still more to come however it will be February before any updated documents are released by th DWP.
DLA to PIP who will lose.
Millions risk losing out.
I am all to aware that welfare reform needs to be just that reformed and to establish a clear system that is accessible by all disabled people, and latest statistics says that nearly 3 million people are on or entitled to DLA and up to two million disabled people will face losing essential welfare support payments because new assessment tests are flawed, according to Scope Charity.
The disability charity says the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) system the government is introducing to replace the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will result in claimants losing out on billions of pounds of benefit payments to which they should be entitled.
Scope have said the government is introducing “a tick box-style medical assessment” that focuses solely on disability but ignores other factors.
It fears some disabled people could be left with little or no benefit at all once the new eligibility criteria has been introduced.
Around three million disabled people currently receive the existing DLA Disability Living Allowance benefit.
However the coalition government say the new rules will mean money is spent more effectively and save up £600 million a year, “Note the £600 savings” this is what they are wanting to try and achieve in the end.
Research commissioned by Scope suggests that at least 600,000 people will lose out when the lowest rates of support for care are cut.
The charity wants the government to consider social, practical and environmental barriers that disabled people face including housing costs, access to public transport, help with household tasks and the ability to volunteer or work
Richard Hawkes, chief executive of Scope, said: “We recognise that Disability Living Allowance needs reforming and we fully support the government’s ambitions to create a more active and enabling benefit.
“However, we are concerned that the new assessment the government is planning to use is flawed because it doesn’t take into consideration all the barriers that disabled people face in daily life.
“Without understanding the extent of barriers people face, the government has no hope to overcome them and genuinely enable people to take part in daily life.
“We believe that the alternative assessment we have designed will give disabled people the opportunity to address the barriers they face and therefore drive down costs in the long term, rather than placing a sticking plaster over them.”
A spokesperson from the Department for Work and Pensions told the Guardian, “At the moment over 70% of people get DLA for life without any systematic checks to see if their condition has changed. This is why we are introducing the Personal Independence Payment with a new face-to-face assessment and regular reviews – something lacking in the current system – to make sure people are getting the right levels of support”.