Help to complete a disability benefit form

The Advice Shop can help you to complete a disability benefit claim form such Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance.

 

  • PIP (Personal Independence Payment) : for adults already on DLA  -  (Date of Birth on or after 08/04/1948) OR claiming for the first time and under 65.

  • DLA (Disability Living Allowance) : for a child (i.e. under 16).

  • AA (Attendance Allowance) : for those claiming for the first time and over state pension age.

  • Disability Benefits are decided on particular needs arising from a health condition and NOT the health condition itself.

    How to book an appointment -

    To book an appointment for help to fill in your disability benefit form contact the Advice Shop on 01506 283000 or complete our Online Referral Form.  An advisor will then contact you to discuss the criteria for the benefit you wish to claim and arrange a suitable appointment time.

    To allow the advisor to assist you, there are some things you should bring with you to the appointment or have thought about before you come.

    Before the appointment -

  • Have a look at the form and see what kind of questions are being asked
  • Complete any personal details on the form including GP/consultant name and address
  • List all your conditions, medication and dosage (or bring repeat prescription to appointment)
  • It is your claim and the advisor can only help you complete the form they cannot make up the answers for you. It is therefore important that you come prepared to discuss your conditions and how they affect you in full.

    What information should bring to the appointment -

  • Claim form and any notes/diary you have
  • Existing award letters
  • Repeat prescription or medication details including dosage
  • Any recent medical evidence
  • After the appointment -

  • Post the form and any evidence in the envelope provided as soon as possible
  • If your claim is for PIP, you will probably be asked to attend an assessment, and will get a letter telling you where and when. You must attend this. If you can't attend on the day and time you MUST call to arrange another appointment
  • It can take 4 months or longer to make a decision
  • You will get a letter once the decision is made.
  • If you disagree with the decision you MUST dispute it within one month of the date of the letter
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  • Think about the difficulties you have with mobility and/or personal care
  • Does it take you a long time to do things?
  • Do you need physical help or have any aids?
  • Do you need reminded to do things?
  • Keep a diary if this helps