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daveetwo

My wife has had dla for 2 and half years. They have writted to say it
expires in october and sent a new questionaire to fill in and send off.
Have the rules changed at all recently or can we reasonably expect much the
same result if there are no significant changes to her health issues?
Thanks in advance
Dave
 
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Robbie

daveetwo said:
My wife has had dla for 2 and half years. They have writted to say it
expires in october and sent a new questionaire to fill in and send off.
Have the rules changed at all recently or can we reasonably expect much the
same result if there are no significant changes to her health issues?
Thanks in advance
Dave
The form is a bit different but the rules are still the same.
 
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mart2306

The form is a bit different but the rules are still the same.
Though as its a new decision, doesn't mean the decision will be the
same even if the form is filled in word for word like the last one.
They do make mistakes, in awarding as well as rejecting.

Martin <><
 
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Dave Hall

daveetwo said:
My wife has had dla for 2 and half years. They have writted to say it
expires in october and sent a new questionaire to fill in and send off.
Have the rules changed at all recently or can we reasonably expect much
the same result if there are no significant changes to her health issues?
Thanks in advance
Dave
Thanks for your replies guys. A further question:
the expiry date is october so theres plenty of time to sending it back. I
was going to wait for a couple of months to see if hospital visits due in
this period of time will be over with which may or may not change the
current conditions.
If we send it back say july and they decide that things have changed then
would they still wait till october to implement changes or do it right away?
Thanks for your thoughts
Dave
 
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Robbie

Dave said:
Thanks for your replies guys. A further question:
the expiry date is october so theres plenty of time to sending it back. I
was going to wait for a couple of months to see if hospital visits due in
this period of time will be over with which may or may not change the
current conditions.
If we send it back say july and they decide that things have changed then
would they still wait till october to implement changes or do it right away?
Thanks for your thoughts
Dave
The answer to this is they will not tell you. There's not much incentive
to send the form in early if the award could be reduced / ceased before
the renewal date but they will never say from what date any change would
take effect.

My advice would be, unless it will be complex or require a number of
Doctors / specialist reports, wait until about 3 months before hand (in
which you may receive a number of reminders) to send it in, which will
be the July date you mentioned. Date it on the day you will be sending
it in and not, say, a month before or whenever you actually complete it.

The clearing times this year appear to have been about 8 to 10 weeks or
so for most people.
 
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mart2306

The answer to this is they will not tell you. There's not much incentive
to send the form in early if the award could be reduced / ceased before
the renewal date but they will never say from what date any change would
take effect.

My advice would be, unless it will be complex or require a number of
Doctors / specialist reports, wait until about 3 months before hand (in
which you may receive a number of reminders) to send it in, which will
be the July date you mentioned. Date it on the day you will be sending
it in and not, say, a month before or whenever you actually complete it.

The clearing times this year appear to have been about 8 to 10 weeks or
so for most people.
The 6 months timescale however does provide something to play around
with if they do reject the renewal claim.
Gives time for a review or appeal (not perhaps both) if disagreeing
with the decision.

Martin <><
 
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Robbie

The 6 months timescale however does provide something to play around
with if they do reject the renewal claim.
Gives time for a review or appeal (not perhaps both) if disagreeing
with the decision.

Martin <><
But does the money stop straightaway?
 
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Robbie

Robbie said:
But does the money stop straightaway?
I meant to add, if it does 6 months time to sort out having benefit
stopped is a hollow advantage. A claimant may as well wait to submit the
form.
 
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Robbie

Depends if the award merely ends or is stopped.

Martin <><
This is what I am trying to ascertain! How do DLA decide what they are
going to do? There's a big difference between DLA allowing the original
claim to run to its original end date and DLA immediately ceasing or
lowering DLA.

DLA unit will not tell people what the official policy is - and this is
why so many people leave it as late as possible to submit the renewal
claim form.

Anyone with any sense isn't going to send a form back months in advance
if benefit could stop straight away. Far better to leave it as late as
possible as it could mean more money in the mean time.
 
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mart2306

This is what I am trying to ascertain! How do DLA decide what they are
going to do? There's a big difference between DLA allowing the original
claim to run to its original end date and DLA immediately ceasing or
lowering DLA.

DLA unit will not tell people what the official policy is - and this is
why so many people leave it as late as possible to submit the renewal
claim form.

Anyone with any sense isn't going to send a form back months in advance
if benefit could stop straight away. Far better to leave it as late as
possible as it could mean more money in the mean time.
And the disadvantage to that is that if the renewal is disallowed or
reduced, the review/appeal process takes longer than the old award has
left to run.
Advantages and disadvantages either way.

I'd hope they don't have an official policy regarding renewal claims,
at least then each decision would be on its own merits rather than
broad brush approach.

Martin <><
 
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Robbie

And the disadvantage to that is that if the renewal is disallowed or
reduced, the review/appeal process takes longer than the old award has
left to run.
Advantages and disadvantages either way.
But if the DLA ceases or reduces straightaway then there is no
disadvantage. And plenty of advantages - if the appeal is lost anyway,
the person got DLA for longer.
I'd hope they don't have an official policy regarding renewal claims,
at least then each decision would be on its own merits rather than
broad brush approach.

Martin <><
There has to be a proper policy, otherwise some people will get to keep
DLA until the original end date, others will find it ceases straightaway.
 
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mart2306

But if the DLA ceases or reduces straightaway then there is no
disadvantage. And plenty of advantages - if the appeal is lost anyway,
the person got DLA for longer.
And if the DLA doesn't cease or reduce straightaway then there is time
to get the decision looked at again.
There has to be a proper policy, otherwise some people will get to keep
DLA until the original end date, others will find it ceases straightaway.
Yes, some people would get to keep it, others would lose it straight
away.
But we are talking individual claims here. A broad brush approach,
while quite common in our society, does tend to ignore individual
needs.

The people that will know if they do have a policy or not will be the
people doing the adjudication on those claims.

Martin <><
 
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dave hall

daveetwo said:
My wife has had dla for 2 and half years. They have writted to say it
expires in october and sent a new questionaire to fill in and send off.
Have the rules changed at all recently or can we reasonably expect much
the same result if there are no significant changes to her health issues?
Thanks in advance
Dave
Thanks for replies guys, Weve been to consultant today and they said when we
did the forms they would strongly recommend a continuance of the dla and
give the application thier full support so at least they agree things have
not changed significantly enough to change a dla decision.
 
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Robbie

dave said:
Thanks for replies guys, Weve been to consultant today and they said when we
did the forms they would strongly recommend a continuance of the dla and
give the application thier full support so at least they agree things have
not changed significantly enough to change a dla decision.
If you could get the consultant to provide a letter to back up the claim
it may speed up things.
 
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dave hall

If you could get the consultant to provide a letter to back up the claim
it may speed up things.
They offered to do that and in fact they are going to look at the form when
we next go at the end of june.

It has made feel more comfortable about the renewal process.
 
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Robbie

dave said:
They offered to do that and in fact they are going to look at the form when
we next go at the end of june.

It has made feel more comfortable about the renewal process.
Hopefully it will work out OK and she will be on the same rate as before.
 
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mart2306

Thanks for replies guys, Weve been to consultant today and they said when we
did the forms they would strongly recommend a continuance of the dla and
give the application thier full support so at least they agree things have
not changed significantly enough to change a dla decision.
Unfortunately its not down to them. Still, at least they give you
their full support.

Martin <><
 
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mart2306

Hopefully it will work out OK and she will be on the same rate as before.
Or even a higher rate!
Seriously, I've come across a number of people over the years who get
awarded for a limited time to start off with by their local disability
centre.
Then on renewal they have had the award done at the same rate for the
rest of their life. ie no more renewals. But different decision
makers.



Martin <><
 
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Dave Hall

Unfortunately its not down to them. Still, at least they give you
their full support.

Martin <><
I understand that the decision is not thiers but thier support at least
justifies doing all the forums.
Weve never claimed dla for my wife until told about it when i turned 60. If
we had claimed all the years when her health was far worse than now it would
have been a huge amount of money in todays terms.
Even now i get pangs of conscience even though its a valid claim just
because weve never wanted to rely on benefits.
 
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