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claiming care element of PIP whilst my son is at college??

Derwen2018 Member Posts: 3 Listener
Please can anyone help with which legal document details how you can claim for the first 28 days when he attends college and then if he spends 29 days at home the link is broken and we get paid for the following 28 days again.

We have also read somewhere that the day he travels home i.e. for the weekend then that counts as a day at home.My son is going to start on Monday and when i rang the DWP to ask how they worked this out as they could not predict how often he came home they stated they had no forms and I would just need to keep ringing them up.

Seeing as how it took 20 minutes to get through to them this is such a waste of time there must be a better way.Please.

Where can i find the official evidence to support me with this?


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,452 Disability Gamechanger
    PIP isn't means tested and students can claim PIP if they attend college. There's no 28 day rule that I know of. 

    Are you asking about your son's PIP claim or a PIP claim for yourself? 
  • Derwen2018
    Derwen2018 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thanks .it is claiming for my son.There was a letter on here from September 2017 which talked about being able to receive payment for the first 28 days but I need the legal document which backs this up and can't seem to find it.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,847 Connected
    You’re talking about stays in what used to be called special accommodation including hospitals. Payment ceases on day 29 but entitlement remains, 

    If someone is in SA for say 14 days then benefit doesn’t cease. If they then come out for 7 and go back in then they haven’t broken the link and the 1st of those 7 days would count as day 15 not day 1. So the clock keeps ticking towards the 29th day.

    If they come out for 29 days then the link is broken and they can have up to another 28 days before a further cessation. Days of discharge and readmisduin do indeed count as days at home. 

    Unless there is is some kind of special education or boarding element to this college I’m not sure any of the above is relevant to him.
  • Derwen2018
    Derwen2018 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thanks that sounds what I am looking for it is a special college so would be relevant Please can you send me the official link so I can use it to prove my case.?Many thanks 


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