Disability Living Allowance

Hello Everyone,

I’ve been lurking around these forums for some time, not really knowing how to introduce myself, so I’m really sad to say that I’m making myself known ( finally!) because of a bit of a worry concerning the payment of my DLA.I am on a life time award of a middle rate of care, and the high rate of mobility; typically, my payment goes in on one particular day early in the month, only this month, it hasn’t appeared at all.Could this be an oversight following the Christmas holidays, ( in which case this is the first time its EVER happened to me) or is it a sign that something else is going on?

I am absolutely terrified that its been stopped prior to a ‘migration’ application to PIP( not that I’ve been informed that this is the case either by letter or mail, so I am dreading Monday’s post). I wonder if you could be so kind as to clarify a couple of points for me. 1/ Does payment stop for the time the application is being considered? 2/If it does stop, as a rule of thumb, exactly how long for? ( I do know that its different in each case) 3/What happens to payment for my Motability Vehicle? I am heavily dependent upon a van that carries a hoist for my power chair; without it, I will be absolutely housebound. The rate of care goes toward household assistance - without which I will again struggle.

So Sorry to burden this lovely community with such worries when I am not really known to you all.

Thanks in advance,

Kizzie. :frowning:

hi kizzie

i’m sharing your worries as are a lot of people.

i was awarded higher rate care and motobility indefinitely in 2009.

i am sure that you will be informed if you are switching to PIP as you will need to complete an application form.

when that time comes we ought to visit the benefits and work site as they really help.

give the dwp a ring and ask why your payment hasn’t gone through.

good luck

carole x

Hi Kizzie

Welcome (!) to the forum.

As far as I know DLA continues in payment for as long as it takes for migration to PIP happens. So if you haven’t received a PIP migration letter and (gulp) application form, then your DLA award will continue. So if you haven’t received yours then call the DWP and ask why. I totally get why you don’t want to raise your head above the parapet, in case they suddenly draw a bead on you!! But there should be no problem. Give them a call and ask where your missing DLA is.


Hii Zizz and nice to know you feel you can talk to us!

Welcome as a poster and hope we can help. Folk here are so good at trying to help and support each other.

Absolutely no need to apologise!

I would also urge you to phone DWP and ask about your missing payment.

Have you already done so?

luv Polx

Hello,I have recently transferred from DLA to PIP,this was my request as I had got worse recently with my PPMS,once PIP has been awarded to you your DLA remains for four weeks after the date of the PIP decision has been made.I was prepared to appeal if I got turned down,but I did not have to go to an assessment as the paperwork that I sent a letter from my MS nurse and a care plan from my social worker ment that I did not have to have the assessment,I had joined the Benefits and Work site which has fantastic information in it ,I specifically included info about aids to help ie grabber,walker,specialist cutlery for grip,commode etc.I think the main difference is explaining for PIP how your disability effects your daily routines ie dressing ,feeding,toilet etc.Hope this helps & good luck

Good answer Joy!



Hi Kizzie and welcome

I can also confirm that DLA continues to be paid whilst going through the transition to PIP.

As far as Motability is concerned, I had to apply for PIP shortly before my car was due to be replaced. I just contacted Motability and they extended the lease for me.

As far as the missing payment is concerned, I’d just ring up the DWP.

Thank you all so much for your very kind comments and welcome :slight_smile:

Fortunately, my DLA has been paid ( clerical oversight apparently) and I do not, for the moment have to face the spectre of PIP, though it is looming for some time this year. I will cross the bridge when I come to it, I think, and try not to worry too much.

( thank you Joy, for your wonderful advice with regard to managing the terrible time when it does come - I will take your advice on board!!)