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TOPIC: Being forced from PIP to attendance allowance

Being forced from PIP to attendance allowance 5 days 5 hours ago #224021

I've just received the standard letter telling me that my current PIP runs out on 11th April and to ring the 0800 number.
When I rang I was told by the DWP staff member that I couldn't renew my PIP claim because of my age and would have to claim Attendance Allowance (And no doubt start the whole fiasco of form filling again)

I have been on DLA/PIP since i was about 62; I turn 70 later this year.

I understood that I would be able to continue to claim PIP for as long as my conditions persist (They are never going to get better).

Is the information that the DWP have just given me correct?

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Being forced from PIP to attendance allowance 5 days 5 hours ago #224027

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No, it's not, they are treating it as a new claim and it isn't it's a renewal, they also don't have the authority to refuse a claim, only a Decision Maker can do this.

Gordon
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Being forced from PIP to attendance allowance 5 days 4 hours ago #224039

Just been back on to them. A different staff member - same reaction -advised to go for Attendance Allowance. (effectively cutting my money by £100 every 4 weeks)
I insisted that as this is a renewal and not a new claim that the information they were giving me was wrong. I also said that I knew that only a decision maker could refuse my claim.
The staff member then climbed down and took my details and at the end of the conversation promised to send me within 2 weeks a PIP 2 form to complete.

I suspect that as two different staff tried to fob me off, this may be a nasty new ploy that they are trying out!
I'll update as my claim progresses
Thanks for the help.

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Being forced from PIP to attendance allowance 5 days 4 hours ago #224040

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Renewals are quite unusual but not that unusual that they should not know the process.

Gordon

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