I am very worried about this happening. I get HRm and MRC on DLA at the moment, but when PIP comes in I don't what rates of PIP I will be on. It is likely that I am going to qualify for the Enhanced rate for mbility but I am not sure that I will even qualify for the standard rate of care under PIP. This is a real worry for me as I rely on the car to keep me independent.
The other worry that I have is that as being single and in receipt of MRC I get the Severe Disablitiy Premium (about £55 per week). If I get the standrd rate of care I am not sure if I would qualify for this and under the new Universal Credit that is being brought in, I understand that I could well be losing this. I am also in receipt of the Enhanced Disability Premium as well as I am in the Support group of ESA,and again I am not sure if I will even qualify for this. I am concerned re the future, but I do inderstand why the Coalition government is doing this.
It is being made much harder to claim PIP as the government have moved away from using the social model of disablity and have started to use the biopsychosocial model, which is the social model use by the NHS. This social model believes that healthcare is about the biological state, the psychological state of the patient and the social environemnt in which the patient is living. This model was also used for the new much harsher descriptors that started in March last year. It follows what are the Activities of Daily Living. This includes such things as preparing food and drink, eating, bathing and grooming, moving around. Unlike DLA it does not take into account if you need care during the day or night or many other things that DLA does.
There has been a massive increase in the number of people successfully claiming DLA. The number of claimaints with physical diffuclties has stayed around the same and the number of people with mental health issues successfully claiming DLA has risen dramatically in the last few years. It is this rise in DLA claimaints that the government wants to stop, By doing away with the low rate care, which is effectively what they are doing, then a lot of people able to claim DLA will be unable to claim PIP.
I am not sure when people who have an indefinite DLA claim wil be invited to apply for PIP, but it is likely, in my estimation to start in 2014 as they want all indefinite claimants to have been assessed by 2016.