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The Lancashire Evening Post visted DENW recently as part of their series "Your Workplace".
See the link below for a copy of the article and our lovely photo!
The Government plans a two-stage roll out of new claims for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
From 8 April 2013 people living in Merseyside, Cumbria, Cheshire and North East England will have to make a claim for PIP. The postcodes for the areas affected are BL, CA, CH (except CH1, CH4, CH5, CH6, CH7, and CH8), CW, DH, DL (except DL6, DH7, DL8, DL9, DL10 and DL11), FY, L, LA (except LA2 7, LA2 8, LA6 2 and LA6 3), M, NE, PR, SR, TS (except TS9), WA and WN.
People in the rest of the UK will continue to claim DLA until 9 June 2013. From 10 June 2013, all new claims for disability benefits for people between 16 and 65 will be a claim for PIP.
People already receiving DLA who will be aged between 16 and 64 on 8 April 2013 will eventually have to make a claim for PIP instead, even if they have been given an indefinite or lifetime award of DLA. This will begin for some people AFTER October 7th 2013. Those with fixed term awards which become renewable and anyone reporting a change of circumstance will have to apply for PIP. From October 2015 all remaining DLA claimants will be "migrated" to PIP through reassessment.
There will be no automatic transfer of existing DLA claimants on to PIP. At some point they will be contacted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and invited to claim PIP. This will involve completing the PIP claim forms and being assessed under the PIP criteria - which will probably include a face-to-face assessment.
Aged under 16 or 65+
There are no plans at the moment to replace DLA with PIP for children aged under 16 or to reassess people receiving DLA who will be over the age of 65 when PIP is introduced. People aged over 65 making a new claim for disability benefits can claim Attendance Allowance.
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