Do you have long term care needs or restricted mobility due to illness, disability or mental health problems?
If so, you may qualify for a non-means tested, tax free benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). National Insurance contributions are not required. Contact Citizens Advice for more information or see
To be eligible you must:
The rules are changing; gradually, all DLA recipients are required to transfer to PIP. The only exception is for people who were over 65 on the 8 April 2013 or the under 16s, who will continue to claim DLA. Those who have to transfer will receive a letter from PIP instructing them to claim within a strict time limit. Failure to claim in time can lead to loss of benefit.
PIP is a new benefit and the qualifying criteria are different to DLA. We assisted 210 people with the completion of PIP applications last year, but stress the importance of contacting us as soon as possible. Transfer from DLA to PIP may lead to a change in the rate of benefit awarded. We also offer help with challenging decisions.
We helped ‘Steve’ to appeal. He lost his DLA high rate mobility award when he transferred to PIP. As a result, he lost his Motability Scheme vehicle and was unable to get to work. With our advice Steve successfully appealed, was awarded back dated benefit and funding for another vehicle. Call 03444 111 444 weekdays 9-5pm, or visit www.maidenheadcab.org.uk for advice on PIP or other issues.
For further information see www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/
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