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Can anyone explain how DLA renewal works, please?

kyte
kyte Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi, my youngest has a degenerative eye condition (currently partially sighted and will get worse with time) and autism. He was granted DLA in January, and thankfully doesn't have a renewal date until 2021.

I have no idea what to expect for the renewal form. What will I need to provide for the renewal?....all the same supporting documents etc and fill  out the form all over again? It took months to get all the information together first time round and I'm dreading having to do this every 18 months.

Plus now he's been diagnosed, he doesn't really get new letters from the hospital or CAMHS, so do I just copy the original ones from last year, or ask them to send me new ones, dated more recently?

Any help or advice would be really appreciated.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 31,122 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    The renewal is the same process and the same form as you had the first time. The process is exactly the same for each renewal. Yes, you will need to send the supporting evidence. If you don't have more recent evidence to send then i wouldn't worry too much. Just send what you have.
  • kyte
    kyte Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you. Aah it's so stressful. And he's not going to get "better". Why can't they just ask if there have been any changes?....I'm probably not the only one to feel like this though. 

    OK, so I can keep asking the school, specialist and council disability support officer for letters each time?
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 16,322 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community I see you have had your query answered,
    It may be worth having few copies of any evidence you send and I would always copy anything I send off to them and keep it all together in a folder, you can then add to this as new evidence is received.

    It is good to start to prepare but try and relax 

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 31,122 Disability Gamechanger
    kyte said:
    Thank you. Aah it's so stressful. And he's not going to get "better". Why can't they just ask if there have been any changes?....I'm probably not the only one to feel like this though. 

    OK, so I can keep asking the school, specialist and council disability support officer for letters each time?

    Nope, you're not the only one. You can ask them yes but i wouldn't worry too much about new evidence, if you don't have anything new just use what you did for the existing claim.
  • kyte
    kyte Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Oh that's such a relief if I can reuse what I already have. Thank you!

    Yes, I will try to relax now  :)
  • ross2503
    ross2503 Member Posts: 90 Pioneering
    edited July 2020
    Best of luck with your renewal claim when the time comes :) 

    It is a shame that they can't just do a continuous claim given that your son's condition won't get better. I know it's something that PIP do in certain circumstances, not sure if DLA offer continuous claims though 

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