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I am 74 years old (born 18th January 1944).
I was awarded DLA in 2008 (High Mobility, Low Care), on the basis of my osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. Since then I have added a Polymyalgia Rheumatica, underactive thyroid, spondylosis, high blood pressure, and lymphoma to my list.
Earlier this year my partner had to give up work to care for my increasing needs. We applied for Carers Allowance and were told he didn’t qualify as I did not receive the correct benefit (ie middle/high care component. Fair enough. So far, so clear.
Now, I am in a terrible quandary...whether to apply for a reassessment, hearing that my benefit could go down as well as up, or even be lost altogether. The bottom line is that losing the car would be disastrous. I would rather struggle on with my current situation, than put that at risk.
But what exactly is the risk? I was over 65 when PiP came in, but would I still have to apply for that? Or would it still be DLA or attendance allowance? I cannot seem to find a definitive answer to this.
Is the type of reassessment/change of circumstances’ that I would have to submit to such a high risk?
I would be so, so grateful for any guidance on this question. I am not sleeping.
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