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Benefits

Disability Living Allowance claimants who are pensioners (date of birth on or before 8 April 1948)

From 25th February 2015 claimants of Disability Living Allowance whose date of birth is on or before the 8th April 1948 will transfer to the Attendance Allowance Unit.

The reason for this is because claimants in receipt of DLA who are 65 years of age or older do not need to be assessed for the new Personal Independence Payment. It has therefore been decided that all pensioners in receipt of a disability benefit should now be dealt with by the Pension Service.

As a result from 25th February 2015 claimants in receipt of DLA whose date of birth is on or before the 8th April 1948 should contact the Attendance Allowance Service Centre on 0345 (0845) 606 6055. (Text phone 0845 604 5312).

Those in receipt of DLA whose date of birth is on or after the 9th April 1948 should continue to contact the DLA Helpline 0345 (0845) 7123456. (Text phone 0845 722 4433).  

Source: Department for Work and Pensions Stakeholder Engagement Forum email dated 2 February 2015 (not available online)

Local welfare assistance

The Government has reviewed its previous decision to end local authority funding for local welfare assistance schemes from April 2015.

Instead the Government has committed to “providing a further £74 million to upper-tier authorities to recognise that councils have asked for additional support, including to help them respond to local welfare needs and to improve social care provision.”

Read the Turn2us local welfare assistance information

Source: Disability Rights UK news item: Local Welfare Provision funding extended

Personal Independence Payment

Since 28 October 2013 assessment for PIP has been carried out for some Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants in certain areas:

  • If you have a fixed-term award of DLA which is due to expire
  • If you notify the Pension, Disability and Carers Service (PDCS) that there has been a change in your care or mobility needs
  • If you turn 16.

The reassessment areas were increased on 26 January 2015 and will be further increased on 23 February 2015.

See GOV.UK's Personal Independence Payment (PIP) postcode map for up-to-date details of the reassessment areas so far.

Read the Turn2us Personal Independence Payment information

Universal Credit

Recent press releases suggest that Universal Credit will be rolled out to one in three jobcentres by Spring 2015 rather than all jobcentres as was previously announced.

From 26 January, Universal Credit is available to job seekers with children in 26 more areas across the country (six jobcentre areas began taking claims from families in November 2014). These areas are Ashton-Under-Lyne, Wigan, Oldham, Hyde, Stalybridge, Stretford, Altrincham, Southport, Crosby, Bootle, Preston, Leyland, Prestwich, Bury, Eccles, Worsley, Huyton, Kirkby, St Helens, Newton-le-Willows, Hammersmith, Bath, Rugby, Shotton, Harrogate and Inverness.

Read the Turn2us Universal Credit information

Warm Home Discount 2015/2016

The Government is extending the Warm Home Discount and standardising it across suppliers. These changes will mean an additional 70,000 struggling families, disabled customers and other vulnerable people are eligible to apply for the £140 rebate on their electricity bill next winter. This will include families with children who have disabilities.

Read the Turn2us Getting help with energy bills information

Sources: Contact a Family news item: Success for our Counting Costs campaign and Department of Energy & Climate Change press release: Two million families and pensioners to get money off energy bills

Date of publication: February 2015