I have been advised to apply for pip, I haven't got a diagnosis yet, it will be here in 8 weeks or so. Do I apply now or after I get an answer?
If I do get it what would I do with it? We have enough money to survive. My husband helps me with all the things I can't do and I don't imagine me joining any special groups.
I'm a little confused.
Please be gentle.
There's some information on the site here:
Where to get benefits and care advice
You might also want to check the official information on GOV.UK, here:
Finally, check with a Benefits Adviser at the Citizens' Advice Bureau. And Benefits and Work is a good site to use for information - and it's very much on the claimant's side. I posted something earlier in the week. Here's the link:
Benefits and Work
All the best,
PIP is a benefit that is there to help people pay the extra cost that they occur specifically because of their disability. For example, whilst at work I have to pay extortionate city centre parking prices as I cannot cope with the tram in rush hour. If you experience any extra costs due to being autistic then its definitely worth considering.
As PIP is a disability benefit, if you aren't aren't diagnosed with any disabilities yet then you need to wait until you officially receive your disability diagnosis. You do not automatically receive the benefit for being disabled, it's based on how your disability affects you in a number of areas, such as your ability to read and write or take nutrition. If you look at the description and don't feel you'd score enough points to be awarded the benefit then it isn't worth applying. If you do apply try and back up as many points as possible with independent evidence such as your ASD report, OH reports, fit notes etc. I do this and have received the benefit twice (at my initial application and renewal) without any issues.
The points descriptions can be found on the Citizens Advice website.
NAS24859 said:The points descriptions can be found on the Citizens Advice website.
Yes. And the Benefits and Work website, if you click on the PIP tab, has a test where you can see if you score enough points. As said, though - you will need to wait until you are diagnosed.
Does one really needs to wait until officially receives the disability diagnosis?
Yes. As part of the process the applicants GP is contacted to verify their diagnosis. The government don't have endless amounts of money so they need to ensure that the benefit is being paid to those who it is intended for.
It was my GP that told me to apply, I feel better about waiting, as long as she doesn't hassle me about it.