Compared with the delayed plans for the implementation of universal credit, the introduction of PIP might seem to be a success story of the government’s welfare reform programme.
Your payments may also be less if you are receiving a pension.
For contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance Jobcentre Plus do not take into account the first £50 of your pension.
It is important to remember that the DWP still has the to invite any eligible DLA claimant to claim PIP, wherever s/he lives.3 The only groups completely excluded from the transfer are under 16s, and those who reached 65 before 8 April 2013.4 It is particularly important to be aware of this, given the confusion and conflicting information given to some claimants.
Advisers should check any letters sent to DLA claimants carefully to see whether they are in fact invitations to claim PIP, 5and check at the earliest possible stage if expected DLA renewal forms have not materialised.
This is paramount as if a claimant does not respond to an invitation to claim PIP, the DLA award will be terminated.6 The process of claiming PIP for a transfer claimant is identical to that for new claims.
Payments may be reduced if you are in part-time employment from which you receive an income. If you have savings over £16,000 you probably won't qualify.Carer’s Allowance is also not a means tested benefit and so is not based on your and any partner’s income and capital.However, there is a cap on how much you can earn from work and still be entitled to Carer’s Allowance. However, carers will only have to pay tax if they have other sources of taxable income such as occupational or personal pensions or part-time earnings, and if this combined income takes them over the threshold for paying tax.The amount paid is reviewed each year in April, but isn’t necessarily increased.Carer’s Allowance is not a contributory benefit based on your National Insurance record.Report your earnings by calling the Universal Credit helpline within 14 days of the end of each assessment period.