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Moving from DLA to PIP

Kittenpink23 Member Posts: 8 Listener
edited November 2018 in PIP, DLA, and AA
I’m new to this, have had my letter with date of my home assessment for PIP from DLA and am very worried as if I don’t get the same amount as I now get each month I will lose my home. 


  • steve51
    steve51 Member Posts: 7,154 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Kittenpink23

    Good Afternoon & Welcome it’s great to meet you this afternoon.

    We have got lots of info & advice on “pip”

    There is also a “Benefit Calculator” on our site 
    which will give you an idea of what is potentially available for you?????

    Please please let me know if you want me to go through things with you????
  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,946 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Kittenpink23 welcome to the community!

    Sorry to hear this. I understand it is a worrying time but you are not alone as many members have experienced the transfer from DLA to PIP. I am sure they will be more than happy to get in contact with you to offer support and advice.

    Do let us know if we can be of any further assistance! :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • Kittenpink23
    Kittenpink23 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Thank you for your reply, its very kind of you I’ve been on DLA for eighteen years there’s is no cure any of my illnesses but still we have to thought this nightmare..
    And unless you have gone through this people have no idea. How would they like it if a person they didn’t know could decide if they lost there job and there home in one go..
    Its good to know there are people like you that understand.
  • Kittenpink23
    Kittenpink23 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Hi Steve 51,
    Thank you, I do need to know can I tape my face to face they are coming to my home, and do I have to tell them I’m recording it.
  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,946 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Kittenpink23I have not been through the process myself but I have read many posts about others experiences and it's awful!
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • chiz
    chiz Member Posts: 59 Courageous
    Hi @Kittenpink23
    I recently changed from Dla to pip , it was all straightforward , the wait isnt nice i admit , mine took 8ish weeks from beg to desicion, 
    My advice would be send as much information on how your illness effects you daily .
    Ellen x 
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,216 Disability Gamechanger
    To record your assessment you will need permission and be able to make 2 simultaneous tapes or CD's, you cannot record on phones or PC's

    Things to know about PIP

    Get face to face advice from CAB, welfare rights or similar whenever possible

    DLA and PIP use different criteria for awards

    Just because you had DLA indefinately does not guarantee you will qualify for PIP

    When making the initial phone call ask for your DLA to be taken into consideration if applicable

    When you receive your PIP2 form you can ask for an extension of two weeks to complete and return it if need be.

    It is important to understand the points system, descriptors and criteria for an award Have a look at the B&W self test

    PIP is about how your condition affect your functionality. The "HOW"
    Medical evidence is only usefull to explain the "WHY. On its own, medical evidence will not win you an award
    Only send relevant medical evidence. More is not always better. HCP's and DM's will not spend time combing through your edition of War and Peace to find the facts.

    Most claimants will be required to attend a f2f assessment, usually at a centre.

    If you are unable to attend a centre and need a home visit, you will normally require a GP's letter stating explicitly that you cannot attend a centre and why. There must be no ambiguity.

    When you receive an appointment date you can rearrange it once only, you must then attend the new appointment

    Failure to attend will result in your file being returned to the DWP and your claim maybe closed.

    When you do attend the assessment you may take a companion for support.

    Make no special effort, be yourself

    Take your medication as prescribed

    Most people with long term conditions have learned to manage and conceal their condition. On the day you must become "disabled" for the assessor to see the real you, otherwise an incorrect assessment is likely.
    I am in no way suggesting that anyone should put on an act and pretend to be worse than they are, many people are already stressed, but at the same time it will not help if the claimant " Puts on a brave face" as my gran used to say

    If you have a home visit, the assessor is just the same as any visitor , they do not have the right to look around your home.

    If possible have a companion with you

    Keep to your normal routine. If at the appointed time you are normaly still in bed or not dressed, then, if you are comfortable, there is no reason to alter that.

    You decide which room the assessment takes place in
    Assessors may arrive early or late so be ready. Have your ID and medication list to hand.

    The assessor will be observing everything you do from the start, how you sit, stand, walk, handle items such as bags and coats.

    Don't expect them to answer many questions, they have an agenda and will want to stick to it.

    If you have a companion they can take notes.

    After the assessment you should ring the DWP and ask for a copy of the report, but wait for 3-4 days for them to receive it. Do not be fobbed off, you are entitled to it no matter what the phone jockey tells you.

    When you receive the report it will give you an indication of your possible award it is a recommendation only, it is the DM that makes the decision and it may differ.

    When you receive the decision letter, you have a month from the date on the letter to ask for a mandatory reconsideration, no extension is normally given. You can do so by phone and or letter.

    If you have received an award the decision letter will tell you what it is, how much and from when.
    If it is a new claim it will be dated from the day of the first phone call. If a change from DLA then it should be dated the day after your DLA stops. If it is a review then it should be a continuation with any back date if a higher award is given

    Look for both the end date and the "We will contact you after " date. Reviews are usually carried out a year before the end date. Some shorter awards have an end date and you will have to reapply.

    Some useful links

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • Kittenpink23
    Kittenpink23 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Thanks so much, that has really helped. 
  • Kittenpink23
    Kittenpink23 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    I’m very new to this and not sure how to reply individually so thank you to everyone who has contacted me. 
  • Yadnad
    Yadnad Posts: 2,856 Connected
    edited November 2018
    I’m new to this, have had my letter with date of my home assessment for PIP from DLA and am very worried as if I don’t get the same amount as I now get each month I will lose my home. 
    I appreciate that you are worried about your home, but DLA is awarded differently than it is with PIP. There are no guarantees that you will get the same. You may get more or less than what you are receiving under DLA.

    I would forget the transfer and concentrate on keeping your home. Speak to Shelter for a start - work on the basis that you won't get any award and put in place now a way forward that your home will not be at risk. If you do get a PIP award then it will be a bonus.


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