disability living allowance

  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


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    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.

  • Welfare reform in 2013

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
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    2013 is a landmark year in welfare reform. Simon Osborne outlines the main changes.

  • Disability living allowance for children

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the main benefit payable to help meet the additional costs which arise for families caring for a disabled child. It is under claimed and can be difficult to understand.

    This course looks in detail at the DLA rules as they apply to children under 16 and explains how to complete a DLA claim form to give the best chance of a successful outcome from the outset, reducing the stress of the claiming process.

    The course covers;

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  • CDLA/735/2009 – Exporting DLA – when does the UK cease to be the competent state?

    Last updated: October 17, 2012
    test case

    The claimant in this case moved to Spain from the UK on 5th November 2002. She was in receipt of the lower rate of the care component of DLA. She had paid enough national insurance contributions to be entitled to a state retirement pension once she passed retirement age. She never worked or claimed benefits in Spain. Her DLA was terminated on 8th January 2007.

  • CDLA/2053/2011 – exporting disability living allowance - from what date claims should be revised or superseded

    Last updated: June 6, 2012
    test case

    This case concerns the date from which claims for disability living allowance (DLA) should be revised or superseded.

  • Great expectations dashed as PIP plans mature

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    Proposals to replace disability living allowance (DLA) for working age adults with a new personal independence payment (PIP) have emerged relatively unscathed from parliamentary scrutiny of the Welfare Reform Act 2012. Jon Shaw updates on the changes that were made and the current consultations on the proposals.

  • Personal independence payment

    Level: Standard

    training course

    This popular one-day course provides an introduction to personal independence payment (PIP).

    It covers:

    • Who is entitled to PIP
    • The disability test
    • Claiming PIP and getting paid
    • Stays in hospital or residential care
    • Transferring to PIP from disability living allowance

    It is suitable for advisers with a working knowledge of sickness and disability benefits, but assumes no previous knowledge of PIP. For others who do not work specifically in welfare rights but do want to support clients, see Personal Independence Payment – The Essentials.

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  • Welfare Reform Act 2012

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    Do acts speak louder than words? Edward Graham gives a round-up of the changes on their way.

  • Never the twain shall meet? ESA medical reports and DLA decision making

    Issue 226 (February 2012)
    article

    David Simmons considers the legalities of the DWP and tribunals relying on ESA85 medical reports when making DLA decisions.