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PIP assessment?? Help please

I’ll be 65 in 2 months time and haven’t been called for an assessment yet. I was wondering if I’ll still be called as I received my State Pension at the age of 61. I’ve always thought PIP is for pre Pension age? I’ve been getting DLA for 9 years now, so this change over is unsettling. Maybe someone can help??

Many thanks.

Frances x

Hii Frankie,

If you receive DLA before retirement age and you have an indefinite assessment it will stay the same all your life. If you apply after retirement you will receive if eligible Attendant Allowance which is DLA minus the Mobility component.

In other words you will always receive what you get now; that is if the Chancellor does not change it on Wednesday. Just a few ideas to show you the type of way you should answer the questions.

Answer questions like:

While hobbling along the High Street I keep near to the shops. This aids me in two ways; I am less likely to fall into the road and I can stop and look in shop windows to get a rest. I can testify that Ann Summers has the best window display.

To get High Rate you must show you need help during the night. Say something like, “I get up 2/3/4 times per night to go to the toilet, sometimes to no avail.” “My wife has to accompany me; this takes about 45 minutes each time and obviously breaks her sleep.” “It’s amazing just knowing she is there gives me so much confidence.” “She has to accompany me because once I fell over and slept where I lay that night, good job it was the middle of summer and warm.”

Contact DIAL http://www.dialuk.info/ who may come around your house and help with the forms. Will come to the appeal if you want. Benefits and Work gives excellent advice http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/ but it is £19 to join.

Simple rule ‘don’t say one word when 100 will do’ in other words explain in detail. Always quote your worst; they appreciate MS is a variable condition. The examples are that examples if they are not true don’t use them.

You must appeal if you do not get it again. Never say ’I am housebound’ as this then asks the question if your housebound why do you need the mobility component?

You have 1 month from refusal; you will receive all the correspondence from your doctors so will see who is to blame.

At the appeal there are 3 people asking questions, a doctor, solicitor and social services agent. Don’t worry there always very nice and make you feel at home.

If you look on the BHAS website EBAS: site map it will tell you about the appeal procedure.

At the appeal there are 3 people asking questions, a doctor, solicitor and social services agent. Don’t worry there always very nice and make you feel at home.

Ring 0800 882200 to appeal; you have one month since your refusal letter (if you get one but depending on what the new Government has told it’s benefit agents; you should get some component).

Good luck

George