Hi, my son has had a change in circumstances, he is on DLA, higher rate for care and lower rate for mobility, I have been told by my son's social worker to ask for the mobility part to be looked at again as he will be moving into independent living in the near future and needs the higher rate for mobility to enable him to have a mobility car. I have been told that he will now have to be assessed for PIP. I am awaiting a letter form PIP after contacting DLA. I was told it will take up to 10 days to receive a letter which will then tell me to ring PIP, so how long will all this process take? My son is now blind in one eye and has very little sight in the other which the ophthalmologist from Moorfields Eye Hospital has said his sight in this eye will gradually deteriorate, he can only see light and shapes now, and needs guidance from staff to get around in the hospital he's currently in which is why the social worker thinks he will qualify for the enhanced rate for mobility.
PIP eye sight deterioration
Posted 11 November 2016 - 06:27 PM
Hello and good to see you on the forums again. Sorry to hear your sons eyesight has deteriorated so severely.
Below is a link to the NAS section of their benefits section of the site.
That is the RNIB take on how PIP forms work.
One question they will ask which might interest you when you apply "is your son severely autistic?" This is so they
can give you more time to fill in the form if necessary. I tried to argue with them that when an autistic is having a
meltdown they are severely autistic at that moment but it didn't work on them unfortunately.
Posted 12 November 2016 - 01:33 PM
Thanks very much for the info. I have had the phone call and I am now awaiting the form to come.
Posted 12 November 2016 - 07:54 PM
Happy to help and those links can help you with any stage of the process for PIP. Mine took about 6 months from when I had to order the form to when it arrived.
Posted 13 November 2016 - 07:26 PM
6 months is a long time but I thought it would take a long time. Glen is still in a mental health hospital so they will help regarding the forms, they will write reports etc. Glen is hopefully moving into a specialist supported living accommodation next year and will need a mobility car, so I'm hoping he will be awarded the enhanced rate for daily living and mobility.
Posted 14 November 2016 - 01:49 PM
"if you claim PIP whilst in hospital it cannot be paid until after you leave hospital....... this rule does not apply if you you were under 18 when you entered"
Posted 14 November 2016 - 07:48 PM
Hi, yes I know you are unable to get the money until you have left hospital, at least doing it now I can then let them know when Glen leaves hospital and moves into the bungalow so that they can then start paying the benefit.
On the form the declaration, I will be signing it as I am doing this on behalf of my son Glen. Do I print my name or his?
Edited by trekster, 20 November 2016 - 11:53 PM.
Posted 18 November 2016 - 05:15 PM
The form should make that clear. I think you have to put a reason why he can't sign for himself.
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This area for automatic personalisation for customers name and post code.
Signing the form for someone else
You can fill in the form for someone else, but they must still sign themselves unless:
l youve already been legally appointed to receive and deal with their benefits. That is, you
are a benefit appointee, a deputy or hold a Power of Attorney, or
l the person youre claiming for is too ill or disabled to claim for themselves and you want
to be appointed to receive and deal with their benefits, or
l youre claiming for them under the special rules for terminally ill people.
Why are you signing the form
Please select one of the following.
I am an appointee, appointed by
the Department for Work and
I hold Power of Attorney
I am a Deputy
I am a Tutor (under Scottish law)
I am a Guardian (under
I am a Curator bonis or Judicial
factor (under Scottish law)
I am a Corporate Acting Body or
For example, an organisation
appointed to act on behalf of the
person the benefit is for such as a
local authority or firm of solicitors.
Please tell us the name of your organisation:
Unless weve already seen this authority, well need to see it before we can process
this claim. Please send us your power of attorney or any relevant documents with
this claim. You can send the original document, or a certified copy.
I am claiming for them under the special rules for terminally ill people
The special rules for terminally ill people are for people with a progressive disease
who are not expected to live for longer than six months. You may wish to tell the
person the benefit is for, about this claim. This is because we will send letters about
Personal Independence Payment to this person.
I want to be appointed to act on their behalf
Tick this box if
l the person youre claiming for is too ill or disabled to claim for themselves and
you want to be appointed to handle their benefit affairs, or
l youre in the process of becoming a legally appointed representative.
Well contact you about this.
Are you signing the form for
No Go to page 6.
Specimen only not for use
Edited by trekster, 20 November 2016 - 11:54 PM.
Posted 18 November 2016 - 05:19 PM
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