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DLA ending too soon

Artmuzz

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I got a letter in February 2017 telling me about PIP. On the letter it states in black and white that I am entitled to DLA until the end of March 2018 which is correct because I got award DLA in March 2013 and it was for 5 years.

However, I recently received a letter from DWP telling me that my DLA will be ending and I have got until the beginning of December to get my claim back for PIP or they will stop my benefit. How can this be if my DLA isn't supposed to end until the end of March 2018? Should I enquire about it just in case they made a mistake? Please advise.
 
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I got a letter in February 2017 telling me about PIP. On the letter it states in black and white that I am entitled to DLA until the end of March 2018 which is correct because I got award DLA in March 2013 and it was for 5 years.

However, I recently received a letter from DWP telling me that my DLA will be ending and I have got until the beginning of December to get my claim back for PIP or they will stop my benefit. How can this be if my DLA isn't supposed to end until the end of March 2018? Should I enquire about it just in case they made a mistake? Please advise.
best go and find an organisation that can help and support you
DIAL South Essex – DISABLEMENT INFORMATION & ADVICE LINE
have a look at this link and read what they offer. they are very helpful. they dont seem to have a national dial so i found this one.
otherwise CAB (Citizens advice beurau) maybe able to help you what ever you do take any paperwork with you.
 
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Are you applying for PIP? I don't think your DLA will end earlier than they have stated if you already have that in writing, but because it can take a couple of months to transfer over to PIP they start the process early. Do get advice though to be sure x
 
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I suggest that you contact DWP, back, and it could just be, that they might have got you muddled up, with somebody else, perhaps. In any event, I would have it verified, then you will know where you stand.


I feel, it's probably going to be absolutely the same, just a different package name for that, that's what I think, and I have a hunch, that if it happened to me, my figures a month would remain absolutely the same, not different.


So I would certainly double-check, with the DWP, or failing that, contact CAB, and they should have on site a Benefits Adviser, who can advise on this sort of thing, or get to your local Job Centre Plus office, and then they can refer you on, if need be.
 
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As far as I know, people are being transferred from DLA to PIP area by area. If it's your area's turn, it doesn't matter whether you have a DLA award until a certain date, you'll still have to transfer to PIP. So I'm surprised about the first letter they sent you saying you'd be on DLA until March 2018, because when it's your turn to transfer to PIP, the end date of your DLA award isn't really relevant any more. (Although in effect you could still be on DLA by March because the process of applying for PIP will take longer than that most likely).

So I would take the second letter seriously. By all means, check with the DWP, but I think you'll find if you've been told you must get the form back by the start of December, then they will stop your DLA if you don't, regardless of it being awarded until March 2018. You don't have very long now to fill in the form and get it back to them, plus to gather any evidence you want to send with it (letters from doctors, or other professionals who can say how your condition affects your daily activities etc). If you ring up the DWP they may give you extra time to fill in the form. I had to do this, and just said that my health had been bad and that's why I needed extra time. They gave me an extra 2 weeks. I'd advise sending the form 'signed for', to ensure it definitely has been received and that it got there by the deadline.

Good luck with it all. I hope you get some definite answers, but I think the last letter you got should be the one you go by.
 
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