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Forum => Health and Disability => Topic started by: Norrin Radd on 30 Sep 2016 08:42PM

Title: Switching to PIP
Post by: Norrin Radd on 30 Sep 2016 08:42PM
Hi everyone,

I've received a letter saying I need to switch to PIP soon. Is there anything I should do to prepare for this?

Thanks
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: Monic1511 on 30 Sep 2016 08:59PM
Hi
Is it the letter telling you that if you want to get pip you need to phone to say yes I want to remain on disability benefits?

Before you fill in the form read the criteria and make sure you know what points you can get and what they are really asking, also make sure your doctors know your care needs now not several years ago.
 >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: Norrin Radd on 30 Sep 2016 11:06PM
Hi Monic,

Yes it is. Apparently, I only have about two weeks until the deadline to contact them, so I'm hoping I'm not too late. I need to act quickly. What should I do now?
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: Monic1511 on 01 Oct 2016 10:06AM
Phone and get the form, once the form arrives check the front cos you only get 2 weeks to return it.  Phone after 1 week and ask for an extension, you'll get another 2 weeks.  Start reading the criteria so you know what they are looking for, good luck
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: Norrin Radd on 01 Oct 2016 11:50AM
How do I find the criteria?
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: meandmurphy on 01 Oct 2016 11:56AM
Go the the CAB or get a welfare expert to fill the forms for you. Good luck
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on 01 Oct 2016 02:10PM
How do I find the criteria?


This is a good starting point:

http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/personal-independence-payment-pip/pip-points-system
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: Monic1511 on 01 Oct 2016 07:11PM
If you go to the welfare rights section of the forum the criteria and points are pinned there, I'm on my tablet so can't easily copy and paste the link just now

here it is http://ouchtoo.org/index.php?topic=9650.0
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: JLR2 on 11 Oct 2016 10:16AM
I am a bit concerned regarding this issue. Maybe I don't need to be but to read that a letter arrives telling the person receiving it that 'they need to switch soon' would see me bin the letter as I'd be expecting a letter telling me my current benefit is ending and in order for me to continue claiming benefit for my disability I will be required to contact the DWP to claim for PiP. That of a letter telling me my area of the country is now part of the PiP scheme and only those claiming PiP will be allowed to claim for what was formerly their DLA benefits.

Norrin, is this letter a form or does it give instructions to the person getting it to phone the DWP?
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: Fiz on 11 Oct 2016 10:36AM
JLR2 I was previously awarded MRC and LRM for 3 years with DLA and have just been reassessed for PIP. My result was enhanced care and no mobility but this has left me slightly better off financially which surprised me. This award is also for 3 years. So I'd say, try not to panic, though I know that's hard.
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: meandmurphy on 11 Oct 2016 10:46AM
I am a bit concerned regarding this issue. Maybe I don't need to be but to read that a letter arrives telling the person receiving it that 'they need to switch soon' would see me bin the letter as I'd be expecting a letter telling me my current benefit is ending and in order for me to continue claiming benefit for my disability I will be required to contact the DWP to claim for PiP. That of a letter telling me my area of the country is now part of the PiP scheme and only those claiming PiP will be allowed to claim for what was formerly their DLA benefits.

Norrin, is this letter a form or does it give instructions to the person getting it to phone the DWP?

The letter I got said "your DLA is ending, if you want to claim PIP, ring and ask for the form" Nothing about switching.

My DLA was LRC and HRM indefinitely.

My PIP is enhanced rate daily care and enhanced rate moving about, and ongoing [ 10 years ] >biggrin<
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: JLR2 on 11 Oct 2016 10:59AM
Hi Fiz, I'm just wondering, like no doubt many others are, when my area will face these changes. Between my being in Scotland and the Scottish government having some powers being in their hands and the fact that in a week or so I'll be over in Berlin. I have notified the DWP of my being out the country so I hope that's enough not to see them try to ask me to make any applications for Pip and at some point the S/Government will give some sort of idea as to just what they intend to do to folk in my positions benefits where they, the S/G, make changes.

I just don't know if it might be the case that the DWP are looking to pause their roll out of Pip in Scotland or it'll be just trouble as usual :-)

Thanks for that posting Meanandmurphy, make's things that bit easier for me given the way my heid works.
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: Fiz on 12 Oct 2016 10:22AM
They're doing all fixed DLA awards as their previous award ends (like mine) and all new applicants first. Only then will they begin to work through the indefinite awards so if your current DLA is indefinite, I'd try not to worry because it could well be ages yet.
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: JLR2 on 12 Oct 2016 07:29PM
''... it could well be ages yet''

Well if they could wait till I'm cold in my box I'd be happier. :-)
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: swift on 05 Nov 2016 09:57PM
They're doing all fixed DLA awards as their previous award ends (like mine) and all new applicants first. Only then will they begin to work through the indefinite awards so if your current DLA is indefinite, I'd try not to worry because it could well be ages yet.

Mine is/was indefinite HRC/HRM, but I was invited to apply for PIP a couple of weeks ago.
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: Monic1511 on 06 Nov 2016 04:30PM
They have started contacting the people who are between 65 - 67 and have indefinite awards and they have to apply for PIP just because of when their 65th birthday was.
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 06 Nov 2016 05:16PM
Swift and Monic - I'm 'only' 50 with an indefinite award and they sent me the letter a couple of weeks ago as well!

I put it down to being in the 'wrong' postcode area, ie one that's being targeted  >erm<
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: swift on 06 Nov 2016 05:18PM
I'm 37 yo, indefinite and had the letter for PIP, so maybe they are contacting some people on infinite awards too?
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: Fiz on 06 Nov 2016 08:40PM
Yes once they start assessing the indefinites it could well be done by area. UC started up north and worked it's way now. Apparently my LA now have 150 UC claimants. It would make more sense to me to do the assessments by age because that would more evenly split all the face2face interviews across all the assessment centres rather then flooding and backlogging one or two.
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: james-1989 on 24 Nov 2016 12:23AM
I got the letter for moving to PIP last week. I had to phone up to say I wanted PIP and answer a load of repetitive questions to get sent a form. I can't see why they don't just send the form  >steam< I expect filling in the form will probably a lot more annoying.
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: Monic1511 on 24 Nov 2016 07:22AM
James if you have high rate mobility then you'll need to be careful as the distance is less than 20 meters for pip and lots of the high rates are being refused in the transfer.
Monic
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: gemini20 on 01 Apr 2018 09:20PM
Finally got a letter to switch to pip last week.I thought they had forgotten me, but this is very late.isnt it?
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: Sunny Clouds on 01 Apr 2018 09:42PM
There are still more that haven't been moved across to PIP.

At least here you're with others that are going through it and have gone through it.  It's been very distressing for me, but I'm bouncing back, and others seem to.  I hope that's encouraging to know.
Title: Re: Switching to PIP
Post by: Fiz on 26 Apr 2018 03:48PM
My dd is still on DLA hers was an indefinite award because autism doesn't go away. However she is high functioning and I've already discussed with her that when her PIP transfer letter arrives, to ignore it as she doesn't fit the criteria for it and her DLA will then stop. I'm just hoping her switch won't happen until she finishes at Uni because she is actually using her lowest rate DLA to pay for support she is using to get through the degree. So I'm hoping she doesn't get her switch over for the next 5 months. I think autism is a group of people who won't fare well with the switch to PIP.