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Hi, my name is PaulBravo!

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PaulBravo
PaulBravo Community member Posts: 2 Listener

I suffer from invisible disabilities which are managed by medication treatment reviews etc and the last time that I applied for PIP and having to go through that horrendous process and on each occasion despite sufficient evidence from myself family Drs medical and associated medical areas on each occasion I had to face for the 3rd time the panel comprising if a Judge,Dr and disability specialist which led me to been awarded enhanced in both care and mobility with an award of a light touch review which is not until Sept 2030?

My questions are:

1)What does light touch mean in terms for the process of reassessment?

2) How will the current reforms affect me as I retire in Feb 2025?

3) Will my wife still receive Carers Allowance or does this change and how?

Thanks PB

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,055 Disability Gamechanger
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    1/ A light touch review means you will receive a much shorter form (AR2) when it's time for a review. You can see a sample of that form here. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/6602b15965ca2fa78e7da86b/ar2-award-review-how-your-disability-affects-you.pdf

    How you fill out that form remains to be seen because very few people have reached that stage and there's not been much feed back. By the time you have your review there will be a lot more information we can give.

    2/ Reforms in 2025? what reforms? what has been said up to now are just proposals and nothing more. We have a General Election in 6 weeks time and whether we will have the same Government remains to be seen so changes may not even happen.

    3/ Question not answered because no changes have happened.

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  • PaulBravo
    PaulBravo Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Thanks poppy123456

    Well hopefully there will be not as it will "destroy" a lot of people's lives as maybe they should cut down on the MPS and House of Lords and put all their wages from second jobs money fron Family wealth tax exiles pop stars sport stars etc the utilities etc and then we'd not be facing vouchers waiting lists etc?

  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 3,158 Scope online community team
    edited May 24
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    Welcome @PaulBravo , I hope we can help you with any further questions you have!

    There are no current changes to Carers allowance and the suggested PIP changes are still going through a consultation, but we won't hear if any changes will be going forward until after both it and the election are done.

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  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,763 Disability Gamechanger
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    Have you seen for sure they're on hold @Jimm_Scope? I know there's an election but they are still gathering responses to the consultation and any government (and we don't know who will win!!!) but whichever government does, will still consider the outcome of the consultation and proposals. I don't think it's fair or right to say they're going to be put on hold unless the Government says so.

    I do apologise if they have and I've missed it though!!!

  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 3,158 Scope online community team
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    Since it has started the consultation will continue. I guess from my point of view though nothing can move forward until the election is sorted, so it's effectively on hold. I realise my words were quite ambiguous there!

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  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,763 Disability Gamechanger
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    But you're talking as a charity, people take your word as gospel!! These proposals are things people have been wanting to end their lives over and there are so many ways to take what you've said, it really isn't fair to be ambiguous when in a place of authority on a topic of such magnitude!!!!

    There's also still I think 6 more days until the end of the wash up period and parliament is dissolved, and they have a habit of rushing through more changes before that ends! Will they do this with PIP? Hopefully not, but you shouldn't be misleading people or giving false hope especially in an election run up

  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 3,158 Scope online community team
    edited May 24
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    I'm sorry about that. I can see why it was at first misleading, I've clarified and edited it now. I'll try to be more precise with my language in future.

    There is still washup, but washup is really only for passing bills that are very close to being finished anyway. That is why bills such as the smoking ban, one of Sunak's flaship pieces of policy had to be dropped. Given the way legislation has to be passed they would need to propose it, give it a first reading, a second reading, committee stage, report stage, third reading in the Commons and that is before it even reaches the House of Lords. It's quite interesting just how many stages must be done, I think learning more about the process helps ease my mind on it a little! You can read about it on the Parliament site here.

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