New terminal illness rules for personal independence payment (PIP), disability living allowance (DLA) and attendance allowance (AA) came into force on Monday, meaning that the six month rule has now been replaced by a twelve month rule, in line with universal credit.
The law now says that a person with a progressive disease is considered to be terminally ill when their death as a consequence of that disease can reasonably be expected within 12 months, as opposed to 6 months.
Form DS1500 has now been replaced with form SR1.
There’s more details on the .gov website on the Get benefits if you're nearing the end of life page.
We’ve updated the PIP, DLA and AA guides in the members area of the site to reflect the changes.