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Pip change in law letter

karen57
karen57 Community member Posts: 29 Connected
edited January 20 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hi can anyone advise me, I received a letter from dwp regarding a change in law for pip social support. Asking me to contact them if I thought I may be affected. Awarded the  standard daily living component and the higher mobility component in September 23. I rang them and they asked me what date was on the letter I told them it was April 2016 I was then passed on to another department and was asked if I wanted a reconsideration I said yes and was told I would receive a letter with their decision. Has anyone else received a letter like this? It was unexpected. 
Thanks
karen

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  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 1,618 Scope online community team
    Hello @karen57, is your PIP letter similar to this information on the governments website?

    I haven't heard about this myself before today, but it seems like they're adjusting some claims based on the change. I'm no expert, but from what I've understood, some people might be eligible for higher points based on whether they need social support for some activities. And it might mean they've missed out on some money over the years and could have it backdated.

    Hopefully some of our members will be along soon to share whether they've had this come through too :)
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  • karen57
    karen57 Community member Posts: 29 Connected
    hi Rosie, thanks for your reply probably someone out there has had the same letter. 
    Best wishes 
    karen
  • karen57
    karen57 Community member Posts: 29 Connected
    The letter says the change is to do with how they consider social support and how far in advance that support is needed and that it is an ongoing thing not just something that is needed during and just before mixing with other people. Hope that makes sense? 
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 15,858 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @karen57 - we have had a lot of people wondering about this, but just a couple having been contacted by the DWP about this change in the law from 6 April 2016. You can read about it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-independence-payment-changes/social-support-changes-to-pip-law-from-6-april-2016
    They're contacting those who may have been affected, & who may get extra points changing the level of their PIP award. I hope you'll let us know how you get on.


  • karen57
    karen57 Community member Posts: 29 Connected
    Hi I will let you know, how I get on thanks, not sure how long it will take for the dwp to send out the decision letter.best  wishes Karen
  • bookrabbit
    bookrabbit Community member Posts: 66 Pioneering
    I think I may be affected by this. I previously scored just 6 points including 2 for social prompting which wasn't accurate considering I just don't socialise at all because of severe social anxiety. Social support would definitely be needed to get me to socialise. I wonder if they will spot that and connect it to my recent assessment when that was made quite clear and back date this claim to the last one...
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 15,858 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @bookrabbit - from the link above, you can see that this change in PIP law has been applied to all PIP reviews since 17 September 2020, but this change in law may affect those who had a decision between 6 April 2016 & 17 Sept 2020 only (& not if an award was made by a tribunal). 
    Was your previous PIP decision between the dates mentioned, that's the important bit, & who the DWP may be contacting?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,133 Disability Gamechanger
    I think I may be affected by this. I previously scored just 6 points including 2 for social prompting which wasn't accurate considering I just don't socialise at all because of severe social anxiety. Social support would definitely be needed to get me to socialise. I wonder if they will spot that and connect it to my recent assessment when that was made quite clear and back date this claim to the last one...

    In a previous comment here. https://forum.scope.org.uk/discussion/comment/785734#Comment_785734 you said you were waiting for a decision. You also said you were claiming DLA years ago and should have been claiming PIP but couldn't cope with the process so you let it go. Can i please ask when exactly the decision was made on that claim where you scored 6 points for daily living?
    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.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • karen57
    karen57 Community member Posts: 29 Connected
    Hi all been reading up about the change in law of pip social support and it says in one article that it considers wether a person needs support from either a health professional a social worker or a friend or family member and how far in advance it has to be planned and  how they have input in supporting them in social situations I take it that means any appointments hospital doctor or dentist etc.
    Karen.

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