Applying for Personal Independence Payments
- 15 Jul
Changes to Disability Benefits
The benefits cap of £500 a week rolls out across Britain as part of the changes to the welfare system, the biggest since the 1940s.
Couples and lone parents will receive no more than £500 a week, while a £350 limit applies to single people. (You can read our blog on this here.) But how do these benefit changes affect disability benefits?
Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is gradually replacing Daily Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64, even for those with an indefinite or lifetime DLA award. For those with existing DLA claims, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will have sent you a letter telling you more about PIP and when you might be affected by PIP.
Most likely, your DLA won't be affected by PIP until 2015 or later unless:
Your care or mobility needs change
You reach the end of your existing DLA award
You are no longer eligible for DLA
However, all new claimants from 16-24 for disability benefits in England, Scotland and Wales will be for required to claim for PIP and not DLA.
Through PIP, you could receive between £21 to £134.40 a week to help with the extra costs caused by your condition. How much you get is not based on your condition, but how your condition affects you.
PIP is made up of 2 components; ‘Daily Living Component' and ‘Mobility Component'. Whether you get 1 or both of these depends on how your condition affects you. You will need an assessment to work out the level of help you get to ensure you are getting the right support and payment.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is usually paid every 4 weeks. It is tax free and you can get it whether you're in or out of work. To receive your payment, all benefits, pension and allowances are paid into an account.
To find out more about the change in Disability benefits, the DWP have a provided the below contact details (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm):
Telephone: 0845 850 3322
Textphone: 0845 601 6677
Or you can visit their website here for all the information.
What are your thoughts on the changes to disability benefits, and how could it affect you?
- 02 Nov
THE ONS PLANS TO CHANGE THEIR DECISION TO MAKE HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS PUBLIC BODIES
According to reports by 24 Housing, the ONS said the following:Gavin Smart, Chartered Institute of Housing's deputy chief executive also said:"Although we have been expecting this decision for some...
- 30 Aug
RECENT ANALYSIS FINDS THAT THE HELP TO BUY SCHEME HAS ADDED TO THE INFLATION OF HOUSE PRICES
The analysis of the Help to Buy Scheme revealed the following:The chief executive of Paradigm Housing Group, Matthew Bailes, said:" ... clearly, it worked well for developers, and for providers, it...
- 22 Aug
A NORTH WALES COUNCIL REVEALED THEIR WAITING LIST FOR NEW HOMES HAS REACHED BREAKING POINT
The north Wales Council revealed their waiting list for new homes has reached "breaking point".According to Clare Budden, Flintshire Council's community enterprise chief officer said:"There are...
- 17 Aug
HOMELESSNESS POLICY IS UNDER REVIEW IN A NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNCIL
Kettering Borough Council has amended its letters to homeless residents to let them know of their right to request a temporary accommodation review.According to an ombudsman, Michael King:"People in...
- 15 Aug
FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS HAVE CAUSED THE CLOSURE OF MANY CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES
Local Government Association (LGA) made the following findings:Chair of the LGA's children and young people board, Richard Watts, said: "The reality is that services for the care and protection of...
- 11 Aug
RESIDENTS OF BUILDINGS IN LEDBURY ESTATE, SOUTHWARK, SOUTH LONDON WILL BE MOVED OUT TEMPORARILY
The buildings in Ledbury Estate in Southwark have been constructed in a similar way to Ronan Point, a tower block in Newham which collapsed in 1968 as a result of a gas explosion, killing three. An...
- 10 Aug
THERE IS A DECLINE IN THE HOUSING MARKET IN LONDON AND OTHER PARTS OF THE SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) made the following findings:Chief Economist at Rics, Simon Rubinsohn:"Sales activity in the housing market has been slipping in the recent month...
- 07 Aug
REPORT FINDS THAT PEOPLE ARE INTENSELY SUFFERING FROM LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOMES IN SCOTLAND
According to the report by "Shelter":Shelter's deputy director, Alison Watson, said:"This report shows the disproportionate impact of Scotland's housing crisis on young people and private renters who...
- 02 Aug
NEW REPORT BY THE PUBLIC ACCOUNT COMMITTEE IN WALES COMMENDS HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS
The report which was put together after nine months of inquiries stated the following:Nick Ramsey, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said:"Generally, we found governance and regulation within...
- 31 Jul
LONDON COUNCIL URGES THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE MEASURES TO END LETTING FEES FOR PRIVATE RENTERS
The London council say urgent action is needed because the government has not provided "a clear timescale to introduce its own measure", Letting Agent Today, reports.Last year, the government had...
How to fund Housing Support and Social Care Services "Alot of information in a short time, good for me because I travelled a long way. So I feel the journey was worthwhile." C.T - People First Dorset