I've just received a letter from the DWP with the heading 'Your Disability Living Allowance is ending.'It says that if I want to claim PIP, I'll either have to telephone them or use a text phone number, before the deadline.However, I've not had a text phone for a long time because it was very unreliable, I prefer to use e-mail. ,So how do I claim?
The very latest on PIP is that there may be some changes to the law. This is because there have been new adjudications this year and that has included more people than previously. For example the infamous Descriptor 9 "Needs help in engaging with people."
Of course this applies to deaf people, that's what being deaf is all about but in spite of that most people get turned down on this one. That might change now that there is more case law available. I can only suggest you find a friendly Legal Eagle to check your case.
All the case laws are on the pipinfo site. If you click onto conditions, then, hearing impairment, it'll bring up case laws. Also, activities, daily living look at Activity 9 engaging with other people face to face. That brings up all case laws for that. Copy the case law paste it onto Google, and, you can look at what it says. As far as I know most deaf claimants , if not all get no points for descriptor 9, unless they have MH issues. The dwp use this discriptor solely for those with with social anxiety, and, MH issues. Use the case laws as evidence to argue you fit the discriptors on your pip form.
Here is a link to a new Facebook PIP Self-Help Group that is just starting. The idea is that people can join and get together with other deaf people to help one another. There is legal and other advice available and it is a closed group for privacy.www.facebook.com/.../