Monday 22nd September 2014
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Autumn 2014
A new form, exclusively for Macmillan professionals, aims to help you support terminally ill people with cancer in claiming the Personal Independence Payment benefit
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was introduced in April 2013 to replace Disability Living Allowance for those aged 16–64 in England, Scotland and Wales. Many people affected by cancer are able to claim this benefit as a result of care or mobility needs.
Claimants with a terminal diagnosis can be fast-tracked through the PIP claims process under ‘special rules’. However, under PIP, it has been a requirement that such claims are initially made by telephone. These calls can be time-consuming – something that some health and care professionals have said is a barrier to supporting people to claim. But following lobbying by Macmillan, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is piloting an additional paper-based route. Since May this year, Macmillan professionals have had exclusive access to a PIP special rules claim form called PIP1 SRTI. This is an optional route designed to save Macmillan professionals time.
You can order copies of the form by fax on 0845 850 0479 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org They come in units of 10, and you can order up to three of these units at once. You can also order pre-paid envelopes by the same means. Forms are also available in large print and in Welsh.
Have you used the form?
Some of you may have completed a recent online survey we ran to evaluate the form. Macmillan and the DWP would still be really grateful for any feedback you have – please email me at email@example.com
PIP in Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland, the Welfare Reform Bill is still pending and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) remains in place for people of working age. The Bill includes a proposal to introduce PIP eventually. Until any changes occur, people in Northern Ireland should continue to apply for DLA as usual. For the latest updates on changes to the benefits system in Northern Ireland, visit nidirect.gov.uk/welfare-reform-index
To find out more about PIP, visit macmillan.org.uk/financialissues
Macmillan Financial Support Programme Lead