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hi could someone help me my partner was awarded DLA indefinetly a long time ago and now has had to reapply for pip he has sent a letter from gp and also one from the consultant regarding his scizophriena sorry for spelling i just wanted some advice from anybody who has been through this because he is at his witts ends that it may be compleatley taken off him as he really does rely on that money thanks

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    i know how stressed your partner is in but PIP has caused a lot if problems for people who were on DLA.

    My friend who has severe mental health problems has been assessed and was given a 3 year award but has been reassessed again since her first award having been told she can be reassessed at anytime. She lost points and money. I have attended groups where people on DLA and then moved onto PIP have all lost money and points. In fact some losing everything!!

    A lot of people have been taken off of indefinite awards.

    Just be sure all the paperwork is up to date and everything they need is available for assessment.

    Its not nice I know but I am not going to sugarcoat it for you. Just be prepared.

    I hope all goes well for your partner and they get the payments they need.

    Tracy x

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    I understand that but unfortunately he is going to have to go through the process with the possibility of a face to face assessment. Everyone being transferred from dla to pip is assessed on their own ability so no one with the same condition would be able to tell you what the outcome will be. I wish him the best of luck and hope hes not left waiting too long and I hope theres a good outcome.

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    Alot of people don't understand what PIP is all about and therefore they assume they are automatically entitled, especially when transferring from DLA. This isn't correct because they are both completely different benefits with different criteria. Having some understanding of the descriptors, what they mean and the criteria will always help.

    Indefinite awards do not exist for PIP, like they did for DLA. The longest award for PIP is 10 years, with a light touch review. For those with mental health conditions it's unlikely they will have a maximum award because changes could happen in the future and i'm not saying they will, this is just DWP's way of thinking and no, i don't work for DWP.

    If you haven't sent evidence to support the claim then you will need to do this because they rarely contact anyone for this. The onus is on you to make sure it's sent. Future appointment dates/times and information from the internet are not classed as evidence.

    Expect a face to face assessment because most people have them. If a home assessment is needed then a letter from a GP will most likely be needed and it must state the reasons why they can't attend the assessment centre. If evidence shows violence or that they attend other appointments then a home assessment could be refused.

    The key is to put as much information as possible when filling out those forms and use extra sheets of paper if needed.

    The DLA will continue until a decision's been made on the PIP. Good luck.

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