We spoke to a lovely lady from DIAL today. She has made an appointment for use to go in with all the medical stuff in 5 weeks time. They are so busy that is the first appointment that is available.
We were advised to phone PIP and register with them so that is now done and we are await some forms. We understand the DLA but in the form of PIP will be paid until the forms arrive and they make a decision… Is that correct ?
Back to the topic point if I may.
From the advice above do I make my claim for carers allowance online now ?? Or should I wait until the PIP decision is made ? Am I correct in thinking that if for some reason my wife is denied PIP would that stop if of course I got it ? Is the form reasonably easy to fill in ?
Could someone please post the link to the application for carers allowance page ?
I cannot thank you all enough for your so valuable assistance. I/We would really struggle without it.
I have now completed the online form for carers allowance. Thanks Chris for the link.
I must admit I was apprehensive as forms have never been something that comes easily but it was simple enough. I now feel a sense of relief that it’s done. Odd maybe but other than my wife’s claim for DLA niether of us have ever claimed for anything before. I’m 62 my wife is 60.
I know I keep saying thanks but I / We really do mean it. But for resources such as this people like us would really struggle. You should all be proud of yourselves.
The person you care for must already get one of these benefits:
Personal Independence Payment - daily living component.
Disability Living Allowance > - > the middle or highest care rate.
Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension.
Armed Forces Independence Payment.
Only a move up that league table to either MIDDLE or HIGHER rate will trigger Carers Allowance being made.
Good to learn that moves are already in place for a fresh assessmnet.
Well my wife was assessed for PIP which of course was the progression from DLA…
She has been placed in the enhanced section if that’s the right way of putting it ? Despite our worries and caution it went well. I nor my family have never been in any doubt but still the worry was awful.
So I re applied for carers allowance prompted by our GP who has been marvellous.
A few days ago I received a text message from the DWP informing me they had reached a decision and the letter to inform me of that decision should be with me in ten days.
You may recall me applying for carers before the PIP assessment but was told my wife was not in the right group in DLA. I got the knock back by letter only with no text message that time. So I’m hopeful but very unsure what to expect.
Lastly I would like to say a HUGE thank you to the gentleman from this forum who phoned me on Friday to welcome me to this forum. I was having a bad day and the thought of someone calling reminded me I’m not alone … For those who do what I/We do I think you will understand.
I am pleased your PIP application went well and I am sure you will also receive carers allowance because the two benefits go hand in hand. You can also get a Blue Disability Badge now your wife has qualified for PIP. This can be used by anyone driving her around. Please do not be afraid to go to your local Citizens Advice - they can help you with all your applications . I appreciate that this information is a bit late in coming in your case. The Citizens Advice website has lots of useful information on benefits which is reasonably easy to understand.