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In a move that will add to the already huge waiting list for PIP assessments, the DWP has announced that from 17 November there will be four additional areas where disability living allowance (DLA) will begin to be replaced with personal independence payment (PIP). Initially the changes will only affect working age DLA claimants who have a change in their circumstances or where their current award runs out.

The updated timetable for PIP replacing DLA lists four new postcode areas:

CH – Chester postcode area

HD – Huddersfield postcode area

L – Liverpool postcode area

M – Manchester postcode area

In these areas, if a claimant’s fixed term DLA award is due to end on or after 6 April 2015 they will receive a PIP claim form rather than a DLA renewal claim form.

Any DLA claimant reporting a change in circumstances which might affect their award will be assessed for PIP rather than DLA from 17 November in these postcode districts, as will any existing DLA claimant who turns 16 years old.

Existing working age DLA claimants with lifetime awards are still not scheduled to be assessed for PIP until the full roll-out begins in October 2015, running through to late 2017.

Although the DWP claim they are now reducing the waiting times for PIP assessments, there remains a huge backlog of claimants waiting for Atos and Capita assessments. The addition of more PIP postcodes at this stage can only add to the numbers suffering hardship because they are waiting for a PIP decision.

Comments  

#4 Elizabeth 2016-01-13 08:52
Quoting ChasG:
I am now even more confused. My DLA runs out on 16th Jan 2016 and I have already had my PIP claim form which had to be completed by Oct 11th.

What happens if my claim is rejected and I then have to wait months to go to tribunal etc?

Also had my blue badge reminder for the same date - when I queried this I was told to gorget it till at Lest mid December.

Something strange going on here

Hi am the same everything runs out the 16 jan 2016 have you heard anything ?
+2 #3 tired- all- time 2014-10-23 11:02
Hi all .

Just thought I would like to share, ANYBODY selected for a RANDOM REVIEW under DLA Right Payment Programme will be re-assessed under the PIP route. I've had this confirmed by DLA via telephone. Even if your award is DLA indefinite, If the system pick you for a review under the RPP and you your postcode is currently being rolled out for the PIP process, You will be reassessed under PIP rules.
Bit misleading that the DWP Timetable for PIP does not mention anything about being randomly selected via RPP.......
:sigh:
#2 TORO 2014-10-22 16:09
I filled in forms for ESA, and 3moths later was awarded it, then 14days after hearing by post i got another letter telling me i was now on PIP !
i just thought that one followed the other !
was i wrong to think that this was normal?
i live near brighton.
+1 #1 ChasG 2014-10-22 13:41
I am now even more confused. My DLA runs out on 16th Jan 2016 and I have already had my PIP claim form which had to be completed by Oct 11th.

What happens if my claim is rejected and I then have to wait months to go to tribunal etc?

Also had my blue badge reminder for the same date - when I queried this I was told to gorget it till at Lest mid December.

Something strange going on here

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