We hope that our MD members are aware of the new PIP benefit that is replacing DLA, but in case they underestimate the process and qualifying rules they should start to prepare themselves as soon as possible. Peter Carrington has kindly written the following notes to help all members entitled to PIP to claim with as few problems as possible. It is important that our members start to plan for these payments before the paperwork lands on their doorstep. Anyone who is unable to deal with the application can always seek the help of Citizens Advice Bureau but it's likely that they are going to be really busy so, once again, dealing with it as soon as possible will help. Peter's volunteer work with hospital patients has shown that the more an applicant prepares for PIP the better their chances of qualifying.
The Benefits and Work advice site is excellent, though a complete set of their guides (July 2015 edition), including everything you need to know about applying for PIP, costs about £20.
Applicants have to apply for part 1 of PIP (basic personal details, name of GP, national insurance number, banking information and nature of disability) over the phone and then complete part 2 (how your disability affects you), which is sent by post, all within one month!! This means many applicants rush completing part 2 or don't have time to get help completing the forms.
We strongly suggest that our members obtain a copy of the new
PIP part 2 forms and start formulating and drafting how they will
answer each question with the following rules in mind:
Guidance issued by the DWP states that you need to be able to complete an activity ‘reliably’ in order for it to apply. According to the guidance, ‘reliably’ means whether you can do so:
The new ‘descriptors’ are:
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