Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is often something that can confuse many people. However, that doesn’t mean that it has to be too complicated. This is because, with a few handy tips, you’ll know everything you need to know about the DLA, including how to apply and more. The first thing that should be noted, however, is that the DLA will soon be turned into the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for disabled people. Having said that, however, the Disability Living Allowance will still be paid out to people under the age of 16. However, the vast majority of other people still getting the DLA will be changed over to PIP.
There aren’t many changes to the payment process; having said that, there may be some minor changes over time. While there aren’t many changes planned for the future, you can always try the DLA helpline at any point to keep up to date with any changes or see if there are any changes that may affect you individually. Those that are currently over the age of 16 and are claiming Disability Living Allowance have two options currently available. The first of these is that they’ll be switched over to the Personal Independence Payment automatically; these people should get a letter informing them of so. However, others may have their DLA allowance stopped and will receive a letter informing them of why, and how they can apply for PIP.
In the majority of cases, though, you should be approved for the PIP as soon as possible; this is because the majority of people who qualify for DLA also qualify for PIP. Because of that, if you received a letter informing you that your DLA has been canceled, then this is mainly to prompt you to apply for PIP. With that in mind, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting payments in the future. Having said that, should you get a letter informing you to apply for a Personal Independence Payment, it’s recommended that you apply as soon as possible. This is to ensure that there’s as little a delay in your payments as possible. It should also be noted, though, that you’ll get a letter several weeks before your payment is set to be cut off.
This should give you enough time to apply for the PIP and have your payments transferred over. As such, if done in a timely fashion then you shouldn’t see any interruption in payments. The letter informing you of PIP and the removal of DLA is typically dated 28 days before scheduled cancellation. Because of that, you should still receive 28 days’ worth of payments while your PIP application is processed. Many people have also noted that there’s virtually no change in eligibility between either of these payments. However, if there has been a change in circumstances, such as who you’re living with, etc., you should note this in your application. This is because it could end up having a significant effect on your application and eligibility.