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I thought I would write up a quick document regarding filling a first claim or if you want an increase if a condition has become worse. First, thing is contact DLA via the DWP and ask for a claims pack, you may also ask for pack if you need more help getting around or help with more care at night.
Disabled Living Allowance is not a “means-tested” benefit at the moment, however keep your eyes on the news and TV – there is talk that it may become a taxed benefit in the future.
Before doing anything with either claims pack, please make sure your doctor or consultant is aware that you are applying, you will need to know their names and official titles when entering the information in to the forms.
Now when you receive your claims pack, you’ll notice it is very detailed, this does not mean you simply fill it in by ticking each box or stating “Yes” or “No” – the response from anyone filling in the DLA form like this will just end up with being turned down, or you will need to appeal against the decision within 28 days.
You will notice in the last paragraph there was one word that I placed in bold, there’s a reason for this, the word is detailed, the form is asking you for detailed information, so do not just tick yes or no, explain why you have ticked this box Yes or No, this means your application is going to be looked at and read why you ticked the box yes or no, if there is not enough room, attach another sheet of paper (make sure it stays attached where you want it). The more information you give the better your chances of being awarded DLA.
Many questions may look or sound the same, they are not – read them very carefully and double check it makes sense. Many people fail on their first attempt at getting either Mobility or Care components, do not just give up, you have 28 days to appeal against the decision. Remember your claim goes by a number of factors, symptoms, medications, doctors, consultants, and of course what you enter in the form. Everything you enter needs to be accurate, you may be required to attend a “face-to-face” interview.
When applying for DLA remember, every person is different not just with symptoms, medications but the way you express yourself, you have three chances of receiving it, if you’re lucky you will not need to have a “face-to-face” interview and get the full award, this normally happens if the person applying is virtually unable to do anything for themselves, even at night or during the night. With the High Rate Mobility Component award you can exchange this for a vehicle, fully taxed, insured and serviced for 3 years (this can vary on the length of DLA award), and you only need to put petrol, diesel or charge it (as in an electric car). The Care Component also entitles you to various things which you can find out about online, depending on the low or high rate.
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