Changeover From DLA

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Hi Denise, I did ask Mike this question yesterday but got no response, my wife got a letter yesterday regarding the changeover for DLA to PIP and she has to phone them by July 12th but she was wondering what sort of questions they ask and Mike said something about DLA evidence but I thought any information from this benefit was discounted as PIP is a completely new benefit I would be grateful for any help in my query. Regards zebra

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    Hi Zebra, your so right, DLA and PIP are two totally different benefits, yea it does seem like the are asking if you want your original forms attached to your new PIP claim, ASI changed over due to a complete change of circumstances I can't tell you if that's a good move or not, it will all depend on your wife's original reason for being granted DLA, Denise will definitely be able to answer that for you.

    I personally found the process of claiming PIP quite easy but my disabilities are quite pronounced so I was just asked questions and did a couple of tests like squeezing hands and standing up to gauge my Ballance, my health professional was really nice, on my forms that I got back it did say I could traverse more than I could but a matter of feet and that didn't seem to effect my claim, I am due for reassessment September I think but want know till I get the paperwork through

    Is their any other questions you need answers too

    As for being able to tell you exactly what they ask we can't because everyone is different

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    Hi zebra20 

    I did reply this morning as soon as I read your post, my tablet charger failed so I was unable to read any sooner.

    Hope your good wife gets sorted ASAP, 

    Mike.

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    Hi,

    Yes you can ask for your DLA file to be used as evidence for the PIP claim. What you will need to do also is to send in more recent up to date evidence as well when returning those forms. Evidence can be anything from a letter from your GP/Consultant, letters from Social Workers, Occupational Therapist reports, MRI scans, recent print out of all current medication, a diary about your daily needs and how your conditions affect you. You can ask your GP if they have anything in your medical records that you can use. There could be a charge for this.

    Expect a face 2 face assessment as most people have them.

    Also remember that DLA and PIP are completely different and both have totally different criteria. A DLA claim doesn't automatically mean you'll be awarded PIP. The descriptors unfortunately won't apply to everyone.

    Once you have those forms, if more time is needed to return them then you can ring DWP and ask for a further 14 days. You must make sure they arrive by this time. If you don't the DLA payments will stop. Make sure you send those forms in plenty of time for them to arrive at the correct department. This can take at least 7 working days, sometimes a little longer.

    Good luck.

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