To help you cope with the changes coming for young people aged 16 and over
If your young person is aged 16 or over and they need extra help due to a disability or mental health condition, they may be entitled to a Personal Independence Payment. The main eligibility rules are:
- Aged between 16 - 64
- Must need help with every day tasks and getting around
- Have had this need for 3 months prior to application and the need is expected to continue for a further 9 months
- Usually residing within the UK
- Have lived in England, Wales or Scotland for 2 years.
There are changes coming to the DLA so many of our children receive. If your child is 16 and already receives DLA you will get a letter by October 2017 from the DWP about moving from DLA to PIP. This will not be an automatatic transition even if you have previously received a lifetime 'indefinite' award of DLA. There will be yet more of the dreaded paperwork, which we all know here can be difficult and can be often a sad and upsetting process.
Hft a charity that supports people with learning disabilities and their families has created a great quick tips document that may help your mind focus on what information is needed and how to approach the form. It is really worth a read. You can get it here
If you struggle with forms and need a bit of extra help, it might be a good idea to get some assistance from the Citizens Advice Bureau, their South Glos offices and support times can be found here.