Thankyou RainbowsButterflies, I have just had a look at the link and it is very easy to use, showing the current proposed descriptors and points. I did the test and it would seem that my current/equivalent level of award will remain unchanged but that of course will depend on the decision maker looking at my claim on transfer
. and of course they could move the goal posts again. Remember, if you do this test online you must consider how you are for more than 50% of the time, so if for example you have 2 really good days a week then 5 days of problems then that would be more than 50% of the time.
It looks like the transfer over to PIP for claimants will be a rolling process and the latest position of the government in the recent debate on welfare reform as set out by Lord Freud in Jan 2012 is as follows
Only a few thousand new PIP claims a month will be processed in the first months after the introduction of PIP in April 2013. All other new and renewal claims will be treated as claims for DLA rather than PIP.
If the process moves smoothly without any problems, then after that, all new claims will then be for PIP rather than disability living allowance (DLA) in the months following this.
Existing DLA claimants will only be assessed for PIP six months after the benefit has been introduced - so in theory this would be sometime in October 2013 if it starts in April 2013. Initialy, this will only be DLA claimants whose fixed-term award is ending and claimants who report a change of circumstances.
Assessing all current DLA claimants is likely to take at least three years, so is unlikely to be completed before October 2016.
However this is only an outline timetable and of course can change on the next debate. It will not be until everything is finalised that we will know exactly what is going to happen with PIP. As yet thare has been no mention of people recently given HRM and HRC indefinately but from the above timetable it could be taken that those people will be amongst the last to move, that is only my thought and conclusion from the PIP timetable.
Keep us posted on how you get on and please include any comments you have on the impact the change might have on you. Also not mentioned yet is at what level of component motabilty will be activated at, ie standard rate or enhanced rate. If we hear anything about that we will let you know, but it is also something you might need to consider if for example you are entitled to HRM DLA and therefore motability if you score standard rate award under PIP and motability kicks in at enhanced level you could potentially lose your mode of transport. But as I have said, at the moment we dont know the level that motability will kick in, most people are assuming enhanced level but this is not confirmed. Also consider that if you care award goes down would you still be able to access carers, PA's etc and how will that affect you.
many thanks for your help with this, we can only fight for you if we have the info we need to arm ourselves for the reply to the consultation.
Star gazer xxx