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Confused about the new PIP BENEFITS

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Mycrazyworld

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I am on DLA for my mental health illness BPD I am having issues with understanding this new PIP BENEFITS And if I am intitaled to PIP just as I am with DLA all this is so confusing to me. And I am scared to put in a clam for pip. I was awarded DLA for live now I am unsure about this pip thingy. I also have arthritis in my hips and lower back. I have to use a mobility scooter to get around because walking is so painful. and I don't know if you can get pip for arthritis
Can someone please help me to understand this new PIP BENEFITS thingy
 
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Hi, welcome to the forum.

:welcome:

Don't put a claim in for PIP until they tell you to, they are gradually changing people over from DLA to PIP.

It is best to get some advice if you can, Citiziens Advice Bureau may have benefit advisers or be able to tell you where to get one. MH teams sometimes have benefit advisers too.

There is a lot of info online about claiming PIP. Some charities for various conditions have their own advice, some are freely available.

The best advice I have found is a site called Benefits and Work. There is a yearly subscription of about £20 (they frequently offer lower cost offer for joining). It is worth every penny. They have guides for each benefit that tell you how to describe your condition and how it affects you, when filling in the forms.

With your arthritis you may qualify for the mobility allowance.

You need as much evidence, doctors' and consultants' letters, test results etc to back up your claim. It is worth putting these together in advance. You can download a sample claim form from the Benefits and Work site (or elsewhere) and work out how to fill in the form to have the best chance of qualifying.

The hard bit is that the government don't want anyone to actually get PIP. But with a bit of work and help, you can get past that.

Good luck. Sarah
 
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These are the questions to answer in the claim form for PIP.You get qualifying points for each question.I think you need to get 8 points to qualify for the standard rate of PIP which is about the same as middle rate DLA I think.

PIP points system
 
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I was getting High Rate DLA for Care and Mobility for 9 years. Recently got through the transfer to PIP and had an assessment ATOS. I was awarded 0 points. ATOS HP lied, didn't take into account any evidence I sent - over 50 pages of evidence.

I was getting Care for my BPD, and Mobility because I have walking difficulties.

I've not lost £200 a week, since as well as DLA, they take a chunk from my ESA the SDP because I live alone.

I am trying to fight them, but I was already sinking for several months and this has just proved to make me sink further and faster.
 
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dunno but i thought that DLA didnt exist no more, dont shoot the messenger! and i thought that PIP was the all new singing n dancing replacement
 
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dunno but i thought that DLA didnt exist no more, dont shoot the messenger! and i thought that PIP was the all new singing n dancing replacement
PIP has replaced DLA. Gradually everyone over 16 on DLA will be rolled over PIP, even those with a lifetime award.

Most people claiming PIP will have to undergo an assessment with ATOS or Capita, this is called a Face to Face Assessment but you can have it done at home if your GP writes a supporting letter.

Those moving from DLA to PIP will get a letter telling them DLA is about to end (this can be before the end of your normal award) and you have to make a telephone call to start the PIP process by the date on the letter. Failure to do so and your DLA will stop.

When applying for PIP, the trick is to send evidence plenty of letters and documents supporting your illness, although there is no guarantee ATOS or Capita will look at it, they should but there are horror stories.

When attending an assessment try and have someone with you for support and as a witness, ATOS like to tell porkies when writing up there report for the DWP.

From my experience the DWP don't look at anything, they basically leave the decision making up to ATOS and Capita, how the hell they can assess you on a 40 minutes assessment is beyond me.

Have a look at the YourAble Forums for more help and advice.
 
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i know a good few people with arthritis and sadly it does not entitle you to PIP
 
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I have inflammatory arthritis, fibromygia and schizophrenia I got DLA and PIP for just arthritis as it affects everything I do. I got mobility and care elements.
If you need a mobility scooter you will get the mobility allowance and should get the care element as I'm sure you have other difficulties etc.
Good luck.
 
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I have inflammatory arthritis, fibromygia and schizophrenia I got DLA and PIP for just arthritis as it affects everything I do. I got mobility and care elements.
If you need a mobility scooter you will get the mobility allowance and should get the care element as I'm sure you have other difficulties etc.
Good luck.
I'm sorry to hear that Mayflower you must be in a lot of pain :hug:
 
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