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Still on DLA but turn 65 in a couple of months

GordinioGordinio Member Posts: 1 Listener
I get higher mobility DLA (it was a lifetime award), so have always used it with Motability. I haven't been for a f2f assessment for years although I've been in hospital quite a bit though. I am 65 in a couple of months but don't get pension till I'm 66. I'm worried about the dwp taking away my car and money leaving me high and dry if they're doing this changeover to PIP. Will I be taken for an assessment to change to PIP  at my age do you think? I'm so tired of worrying 😭


  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 2,032 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2020
    Hi, I am now 67 and was on full DLA for19 years. Last year I was changed over to PIP.
    I had a home assessment and was awarded full PIP a few weeks later.

    Have you not been invited to apply for PIP? That is the usual way things happen.
    They are currently doing PIP assessments over the phone.

    If it is worrying you, phone DWP and check it out.

    DLA has a different criteria to PIP. There is a self assessment you can do to see how you feel you will score But this is only a self assessment.

    Care and mobility are scored separately and it is impossible to tell if your score will entitle you to full mobility to keep your car.
    I know how scary it is and I worried myself silly .

    Hope this helps

  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 12,048 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome @Gordinio, I am not too sure about your query all I know is that you have to already be in receipt of PIP mobility before retirement age . You cannot get this element if you didnt already have it before you retire, if this makes sense.

    The fact that you get mobility through DLA and not PIP I am not too sure. Eventually the plan is to have everyone move over to PIP  but Im not sure how long this will take

    I am sure others will be able to answer your query
    Here to help with my experience in hunan resources and employment rights 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 7,147 Disability Gamechanger
    Not necessarily true that PIP mobility is a non-starter over pensionable age @janer1967. Another of the great myths.

    See https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/16308

    @Gordinio you are “within scope” for PIP but not all DLA to PIP conversions have taken place and the pandemic has delayed that further.

    Unfortunately I have to be very blunt at this point. The very worst thing you can do right now is ring DWP. That will likely trigger a PIP conversion before you have sought advice on whether you might be better or worse off. Some people are better off staying on DLA for as long as possible and for some people the opposite is true. You di not want to start a conversion before you know which is correct for you. 

    Start with https://advicelocal.uk/ and make an informed decision after you have had that advice. 

  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 12,048 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you for correcting my mistake @mikehughescq I must have read the so called myth and lots of others who have said the same on here too 
    Here to help with my experience in hunan resources and employment rights 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Gordinio and welcome to the community. How are you doing? :)

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