News articles - 2020

Child on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) approaching 16 - process during COVID-19

Date: 2 July 2020

The information below is correct as of 22 June 2020.

 

Before COVID-19, any child on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) approaching the age of 16 would normally be invited to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This process has been put on hold and DLA awards have been extended for six months.

 

What if my child has already been invited to apply?

 

If your child has already been contacted to apply, you do not need to do anything, and the form does not need to be completed. Your child's DLA payments will continue, and you will receive a letter to confirm this. You will then be contacted by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) at a later date to tell you/them when to claim PIP.

 

Do I need to do anything if I have submitted a PIP claim already?

 

No, you do not need to do anything. Your child’s DLA payments will continue, and you will receive a letter to confirm this. At a later date, you will be contacted by the DWP about continuing your child’s entitlement to PIP.  

 

My child has been invited to a PIP telephone assessment appointment, do they have to take part?

 

If your child has been invited to a PIP telephone assessment appointment, it is important they take part. If your child is unable to take part, you should contact the assessment provider to let them know. Their contact details will be on the appointment letter they sent you/your child.

 

If your child doesn’t take part and make contact with the assessment provider, it may result in their DLA payments being stopped.

 

After the telephone assessment appointment, your child’s DLA payments will continue until a decision has been made on their PIP claim.

 

My child has a face-to-face appointment booked, do they need to attend?

 

Your child does not need to attend a face-to-face appointment. The assessment provider will contact you to let you know what will happen next.

 

You can find more information here.

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