I used to be on DLA from the year 2002 until 2016.

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I have been in supported housing for several years and in one of the blocks of flats I couldn't claim because the carer takes the allowance. In the next block I could but the workers didn't help me with this money and the place was full of drug users. I decided not to reclaim as it was more trouble than what it was worth and was making me more ill. My diagnosis was anxiety, schizo effective disorder and post traumatic stress. Why is it now called PIP?

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    Hi,

    DLA hasn't existed for people aged between 16 - 64 since 2013, all new claims are now PIP. PIP isn't awarded based on a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect you daily. Evidence will be needed to support a claim as they very rarely contact anyone for evidence, the onus is on you to make sure it's sent with the form.

    PIP is totally different to DLA was. Most people have a face 2 face assessment before a decision is made and it'a rare to have a paper based assessment, although it's possible depending on the evidence you send.

    There's lots of information on the internet all about PIP and the descriptors they use to score the points needed for an award. Links can't be posted here.

    If you're going to start a claim you need to ring the PIP helpline to answer a few questions, they will then send you the PIP2 form within a couple of weeks. This needs to be filled in an returned by the date stated on the letter. I'd advise getting some help with filling in those forms if you're going to start a claim.

     

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      Thank you for the advice. I think that I will, because the government have reduced my benefit to nothing. I'd also need to find the right helper to help with this. I am in supported housing but I've been looking to move out because the support is no good and all they do is gossip and smoke. There was a lot of talk about getting DLA. I was awarded it several times but I just basically spent it on binge food and buying bits and bobs from the flat from tacky pound shops because I got bored. There was no encouragement to work so that I could have this benefit as well. I ended up with physical symptoms and panic attacks as well not to mention high blood pressure. I managed to sort this out myself. Any way, thanks. 

       

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      Hi,

      Receiving the care part of any disability benefit when living in supported housing will totally depend on how you're funded. If a person is funded through social services then they won't receive the care prt of the disability benefit. This would be the reason the government took your DLA care part and no other reason. Remember that DLA doesn't exist anymore, it's PIP. If you have a social worker then they maybe able to help.

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    The reason I said that I am not surprised that you are anxious is because claimants are not always treated fairly, it seems to me that if you are the type who can keep a straight face/or if you are good at moaning ( I am not saying that you are) the genuine people are penalised whilst the scroungers get away with anything.  I was told the other day that there are a lot of these scroungers in Hull, it is only second hand, who make sure that they have a duvet on the settee, pretend that they cannot walk, yet are successful in their claims.  I wish you all the luck in the world.
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      Hi Mary,

      I think you miss understood Rachels post. The reason her care part of DLA was stopped was because of the type of funding received for the supported housing.

      For PIP, there's a lot less fraudulent claims than there ever was with DLA. I can't even imagine how anyone will be able to claim successfully if they were pretending. Evidence is needed to support a claim to start with and how would anyone possible get evidence if they were lying about their conditions.

      ESA is ridiculously hard to claim too so i highly doubt that there's many fraudulent claims for this either.

      Don't forget that when we see people, whether it's a friend, neighbour or someone that lives in the next street, we don't know everything that goes on. We only see what happens on the outside, not the inside. Invisible conditions certainly do exist and we shouldn't judge others.

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      Thanks for explaining this for me. I've booked an appointment with a professional who knows about this before it drives me mad again. Heck.

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