DLA

Discussion in 'UK Tax Credits and Benefits' started by daveetwo, May 9, 2008.

  1. daveetwo

    daveetwo Guest

    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
     
    daveetwo, May 9, 2008
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    Robbie Guest

    The form is a bit different but the rules are still the same.
     
    Robbie, May 9, 2008
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    mart2306 Guest

    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 <><
     
    mart2306, May 9, 2008
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  4. daveetwo

    Dave Hall Guest

    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
     
    Dave Hall, May 12, 2008
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  5. daveetwo

    Robbie Guest

    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.
     
    Robbie, May 12, 2008
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  6. daveetwo

    mart2306 Guest

    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 <><
     
    mart2306, May 12, 2008
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  7. daveetwo

    Robbie Guest

    But does the money stop straightaway?
     
    Robbie, May 12, 2008
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  8. daveetwo

    Robbie Guest

    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.
     
    Robbie, May 12, 2008
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  9. daveetwo

    mart2306 Guest

    Depends if the award merely ends or is stopped.

    Martin <><
     
    mart2306, May 12, 2008
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  10. daveetwo

    Robbie Guest

    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.
     
    Robbie, May 12, 2008
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  11. daveetwo

    mart2306 Guest

    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 <><
     
    mart2306, May 13, 2008
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  12. daveetwo

    Robbie Guest

    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.
    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.
     
    Robbie, May 13, 2008
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  13. daveetwo

    mart2306 Guest

    And if the DLA doesn't cease or reduce straightaway then there is time
    to get the decision looked at again.
    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 <><
     
    mart2306, May 13, 2008
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    dave hall Guest

    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.
     
    dave hall, May 15, 2008
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    Robbie Guest

    If you could get the consultant to provide a letter to back up the claim
    it may speed up things.
     
    Robbie, May 15, 2008
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  16. daveetwo

    dave hall Guest

    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.
     
    dave hall, May 15, 2008
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  17. daveetwo

    Robbie Guest

    Hopefully it will work out OK and she will be on the same rate as before.
     
    Robbie, May 15, 2008
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  18. daveetwo

    mart2306 Guest

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

    Martin <><
     
    mart2306, May 15, 2008
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  19. daveetwo

    mart2306 Guest

    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 <><
     
    mart2306, May 15, 2008
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  20. daveetwo

    Dave Hall Guest

    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.
     
    Dave Hall, May 15, 2008
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