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Pip payments for time spent at home

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mermaidmom
mermaidmom Community member Posts: 5 Connected
Hi all. My daughter was awarded pip enhanced for daily living and mobility in December last year.
my daughter is a 52 wk boarder in a special school due to her severe autism and learning disabilities and the risks to herself and her siblings at home. Under DLA I was able to claim the care element for her when she came home, never had an issue until she was assessed for pip. 
I was told these regular home stays would be paid in arrears once her pip was awarded. I am her appointee.
 I contacted pip in January to give these dates and have contacted them several times giving her monthly home stay dates. She has never received a penny ( except she has a motability car) but has not had any daily care element paid for her time away from the school. The help desk guys at pip can’t tell me why this is not being paid and I have wrote pip a few months ago but had no response and sent an official complaint last month and again no response! The last person I spoke with at pip said someone will call me the same day as this was unacceptable!!! Guess what? No phone call.. where do I go with this now please?
i understand she is in residential school and she had to be ‘looked after’ by the local Authority to gain the funding for her school 5 years ago but she comes home when I have another adult here( she’s 2:1) and she is entitled to receive her care element surely for time spent at home? On her pip award it does say that she won’t receive the daily living care element because she is living in a care home, tbh I understand that as she is there most of the time but why is it different for pip as DLA never hesitated to pay her care every month/6 weeks for time at home? 
Does anyone know?? 
Shes 17 and this money would be so helpful for her as I still buy all her toiletries and clothing and provide spending money each month. 
Who can I contact next please?
TIA

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  • April2018mom
    April2018mom Posts: 2,882 Disability Gamechanger
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    Welcome to Scope!
    Have you got a social worker or not? Keep calling the DWP and alternatively consider going to the media about this too. This is discrimination. 
  • buzzer
    buzzer Community member Posts: 106 Pioneering
    edited August 2019
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    https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Benefit-guides/Care-homes-and-benefits/Benefits-that-stop-being-paid-if-you-live-in-a-car#guide-content


     Says that with an underlying entitlement it should be paid. I doubt the call centre staff would understand or have the knowledge regarding this. You do need to request a call back, and they usually take up to three days to process.

    You could  email or phone your MP to speed up the situation as the DWP seem to be giving you the run around, https://www.theyworkforyou.com/
    their office staff have ability to assist.

    Try & be kind to one another even if we may have different views. 

  • mermaidmom
    mermaidmom Community member Posts: 5 Connected
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    Thank you for your comments and helpful signposting. Much appreciated. I will now involve our local MP and social worker.
  • April2018mom
    April2018mom Posts: 2,882 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thank you for your comments and helpful signposting. Much appreciated. I will now involve our local MP and social worker.
    Good luck! 
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