December 2013 DLA to PIP Update

The DWP has set out further details of arrangements for the transfer of disability living allowance (DLA) claimants to personal independence payment (PIP).

The DWP confirms that it has started from 18 November 2013 reassessing some existing DLA claimants for PIP in Wales, West Midlands, East Midlands and parts of East Anglia. The groups affected are:
Those reporting changes in care and mobility needs -
'In the reassessment postcodes, where we get a report that there has been a change in an existing DLA claimant’s care or mobility needs, we’ll ask them to claim PIP instead. This will take place whether the report is from the claimant or from another person. Doing so means that the claimant only has to go through one review of their benefit entitlement rather than having to be reviewed for DLA and then subsequently reassessed for PIP.
Children claiming DLA approaching their sixteenth birthday -
'From May 2013, we started writing to the parents, guardians and representatives of those claimants who were due to turn 16 on or after 7 October 2013 to invite them to claim PIP if they live in Wales, West Midlands, East Midlands or East Anglia. We will not invite children reaching age 16 elsewhere in GB to claim PIP yet but we will check their eligibility for adult DLA if their award is due to expire on or near their 16th birthday.
DLA claimants with fixed term awards -
'We will invite claimants living in a reassessment postcode whose DLA fixed term award is due to end on or after 17 March 2014 to claim PIP instead.
DLA claimants choosing to claim PIP -
'Existing DLA claimants who want to voluntarily claim PIP are now able to do so in Wales, West Midlands, East Midlands and parts of East Anglia only.

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