Following reports that sick and disabled adults trying to claim the new benefit – personal independence payment (PIP), which replaces disability living allowance – are facing distress and financial difficulties due to the backlog of cases at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Disability Wessex wants to remind local people that they are here to help, every step of the way.
The service, which is part of Dorset-based charity Diverse Abilities, can help local people by providing support when completing application forms for PIP, employment and support allowance, attendance allowance and disability living allowance for under 16s. The service is also on hand to talk with clients and get advice when going through the assessment process.
Nikki Haswell, Advice Manager at Disability Wessex, said: “It is awful to hear that some of the most vulnerable people in our society are being incredibly let down by the Department of Work and Pensions. It is frustrating to hear that disabled or sick people have to wait five to six months for the outcome of a personal independence payment application. We are here to help and by working with us, we can make sure your form is filled in correctly, ensuring a claim does not have any additional delays.”
The Advice Team at Disability Wessex assists disabled people and carers to access the support and services to which they are entitled. It also helps individuals and their families who have been diagnosed with conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, MND, Stroke, MS and brain injury, to get Lasting Power of Attorney or Deputyship in place.
For further information please contact Nikki Haswell, Advice Service Manager on 0300 330 5514.