The reform of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will see it being replaced by a Personal Independence Plan (PIP) which will come into effect on the 8th April this year. This will affect anyone who is of working age from April 2013. There are no current plans to extend PIP to cover children under 16 or adults over the age of 65 however that’s not to say it won’t happen at a later date.
Although DLA is being replaced with PIP there are several things that will still stay the same:
• PIP, much like DLA will still include two separate components – mobility and daily living.
• Each of the two components will include different payment rates – standard and enhanced.
• PIP will be available regardless of whether the claimant is employed or not.
• It will not be taxable or means tested.
• DLA will still remain in place for children under the age of 16 and for those aged 65 and over.
• Those who receive War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement won’t be affected by the changes to DLA.
Do You Need to Do Anything?
You don’t have to do anything yet… at some point between August this year and Spring 2016 the Department of Work and Pensions will get in touch with you and inform you that your DLA payments are coming to an end. At this point you can apply for PIP and the department will advise you on how to do this. Your DLA payments will not cease until your PIP application has been made.
Here at TPG Disable Aids Ltd we are dedicated to helping those with disabilities and strive to improve their quality of life through our disability aids and mobility equipment here in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire and Wales.
We’re always on hand to offer advice so be sure to browse out site and if you require any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01432 351 666.