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Hi. I am an MS patient (diagnosed 2012).

 

Firstly I just want to extend a big thank you to CAG & it's members, you guys rock & do a fantastic Job in helping people get through the bureaucratic pit falls in all walks of life.

You have helped me and countless others in the past so guys/gals thank you so much!

 

Ok, now to my problem...

I have the form from the PIP people, it's expected back to them by the 21st of August or apparently I lose my right to claim!

 

I just have a couple of questions regarding the form for anyone who's already been through the process and applied.

 

1) Is the form for DLA>PIP people different from those claiming PIP for the first time?

 

2) Regarding Savings, I have some savings but what do I put about them on the form? I have always felt them asking about this as an intrusion and in the past never had any savings but now that I do how much will it affect my claim letting them know what I have? (I am quite concerned about this one).

 

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3) Is it ok for my mum to fill out the form for me if I am there to give the answers?

I am ok at typing on a PC keyboard if I concentrate but writing is a lot more difficult for me. I don't know that many other people I can ask to help fill it out and I am unsure as to if relations are allowed to help with this.

 

If anyone can help clarify these three things I would be very grateful.

 

Also if anyone has done the DLA>PIP and has any other advice regarding the form/application also want to extend thanks to you if you can help.

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Regarding your questions:

 

1) I'm not sure, sorry.

 

2) Be truthful about your savings, although I'm not sure why they ask for this information as I didn't think it would affect your claim. Does anyone else know more?

 

3) No problem to have someone else complete the form provided you are able to sign it yourself. Of course, by doing so you are taking responsibility for what your Mum has written, so make sure you're happy with all the answers given.

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DLA and PIP are non-means tested benefits. This means they don't care about how much you have. All they care about is whether you meet the care and /or mobility criteria.

 

A lot of people do get others to fill out forms for them - ie, they can't do the forms themselves. As mentioned above, you've just got to sign it. I remember on the DLA there was something about filling the form in for someone else and them signing it. But I think that was for those who couldn't do that themselves, rather then someone who knows more about filling the forms in doing it.

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Thanks for the replys both of you.

 

That's good to know.

 

I'm only curious about the first question because originally I think the DWP was to do the claims to PIP as completely fresh, a new claim for everyone, even though a lot would be DLA already. Just seems that since they backlogged so much with them that they are moving along current DLA claimants at a faster rate to get them on the new PIP.

 

My DLA claim wasn't due to end till October yet they mailed and put me forward a little earlier than expected to the PIP processing. Hence I think perhaps form maybe different to the one new claimants are using. Was just curious is all to see if anybody else knew if this was the case.

 

Once again thank you, and any and all advice about this PIP thing gratefully received.

Especially about the form filling process as I really want to get this right first time around. We all know how much hassle it is to mess these things up so yeh, the more info the better.

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I think the reason for doing it now is to give them and you plenty of time. That being said, as long as the form is filled in and returned on time. DLA carries on regardless of when DLA runs out. It would only stop if you didn't fill the forms in on time or because you don't score enough points.

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:eskimoman:

 

Thanx for the thanx. Always good to hear back from enquirers, cos it lets us know we're not writing into thin air. :)

 

1. The procedure for claiming a personal independence payment is the same irrespective of whether it's a replacement for disability living or a first claim ever for help with care and mobility needs as a result of disability. Paper PIP1 form or a phone call, followed by paper PIP2 form, 'How your disability affects you'. Which I presume is the form you're trying to complete at the moment.

 

2. There isn't a space on either form for info about income or savings cos personal independence payments aren't means tested. (Disability living isn't/wasn't either.)

 

3. Your Mum (doesn't matter that she's a relative), specialist multiple sclerosis nurse, or the candlestick maker can help you to complete the PIP2, so long as you accept responsibility for what's written and can sign it. So check carefully that what's written is an accurate reflection of the limitations caused by your MS and the help you need. If it helps, you can write a letter of third party authority for your Mum to be your representative for the claim. Needs something along the lines of, 'please accept this letter as authority for my mother, Ms XXXXX, to represent me during my claim for a personal independence payment'. You'll still have to sign froms, but she'll be able to arrange appointments, discuss your claim with Atos/Capita, Disability n Carers, etcetera.

 

Useful guide to claiming a personal independence payment at;

 

http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/personal-independence-payment-pip

 

Best wishes, Margaret. :panda:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nystagmite:- Good to know, I was wondering if they would stop my current DLA while this was pending, cheers!

 

Margaret:- Nope, your not writing into thin air, I always recommend this site to friends or anyone I come across who is struggling with these things, you lot do an awesome job & that link you posted is really good, downloaded both booklets. Lots of info there.

 

I am getting it filled out today and I feel a lot more confident now. So once again, thx to all! You've all been a great help. With my condition affecting my legs a lot I suppose I should not need worry too much, but as with all things DWP it never hurts to go the extra mile as far as info is concerned.

 

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