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Hi, my name is karenlouise30!

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karenlouise30
karenlouise30 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
Can anyone please help! Am 45and work full time  work I live in a 2 bedroom flat but want to go back to my mums she worried about loosing her PIP she is 70 years old she said she will have to pay for full dental treatment and everything 🤦‍♀️  does anyone know how it works 

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  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 4,206 Scope online community team
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    Hey there @karenlouise30 and welcome to the community.

    I'm sorry to hear your mum's worried about losing her PIP.  PIP isn't means based, so she wont be losing her PIP. It's based on how her disabilities affect her daily life, so there shouldn't be any cause for distress. 
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  • karenlouise30
    karenlouise30 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    She has COPD so is unable to work she is on the top rate of pip ect she think she will have to pay for dental and all kinds 
  • karenlouise30
    karenlouise30 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Sorry would it affect her pension ? She never worked. Am sure I would have to contribute to the rent which am happy to do but it’s her just wording she will basically loose all kinds 
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 4,206 Scope online community team
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    Hi @karenlouise30. I'll just copy this from the Scope websites section on benefits and dentistry

    "You can get free NHS dental treatment if you or your partner receive:

    • Income Support (IS)
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
    • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
    • Universal Credit

    If you get Universal Credit, free treatment depends on your earnings. You are eligible if your earnings after tax in the last month were:

    • £435 or less
    • £935 or less if you get the child element or you’re assessed as having limited capability for work."


    But being on PIP alone does not entitle her to free dental care, so I'm guessing she's on other benefits too? 
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  • karenlouise30
    karenlouise30 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    She gets a pension on top of her pip allowance as I say she is 70 years old so everything is paid for her rent & council tax she basically gets everything so she is terrified she will loose it if I come home as I work full time my monthly wage is £1569.42 am also in debt with no savings 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,243 Disability Gamechanger
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    As she's 70 then she should be claiming her state pension. PIP is a disability benefit that isn't means tested so if you live with her, this will not be affect, as advised. Her state pension will not be affected and will continue as normal.

    However, if she's claiming Pension Credit and she currently lives alone the Pension Credit may include a Severe disability Addition. (SDA) If it does and you live with her then she will no longer be entitled to the SDA, which may mean her Pension Credit ends. If Pension Credit ends then she will no longer automatically be entitled to free dental treatment.

    If she's claiming help with any rent through housing benefit then you living with her will not affect this because she's claiming daily living PIP it means there will be no non dependant deductions. However, if her Pension Credit ends then this could affect housing benefit and council Tax reduction.

    For all those reasons i'd advise her to get some expert advice from an agency near her. This way she will be able to tell them all the benefits she's claiming and they will be able to advise her correctly based on her circumstances.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
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