Hi guys Iím new to this Forum came to it via a web link on the BBC Noticeboard. So hello to all.
Iíve been reading an old article: We're all going to lose DLA on the BBC Noticeboard and it has me confused, and worried. My situation is that my brother is 64 years old, and has been in receipt of DLA (High Care, Low Mobility since its inception, all due to a childhood condition but we neednít go into that.
At 64 heís in receipt of Pension Credit and because of his condition he has had a pretty poor employment record, in fact I suppose he has spent the greater part of his working life on benefits of one form or another and unfortunately this is his income stream.
Anyway Iím concerned for him having read that post and Iím seeking a bit of clarification. Let me see if I can phrase my questions precisely:
1. With the new shake up in the benefits system, how should that affect big bro. As mentioned he receives Pension Credit, DLA and I think some form of Income Support. Will these benefits all be rolled into this new PIP benefit that Iím reading about. Sorry if I sound a bit vague here but I donít really know the benefit system.
2. The DLA seems to be a major concern. From what Iím reading it seems that when he reaches 65 next June that the DLA will vanish and he will receive Attendance Allowance but that that has no mobility component about it. While he receives the lower rate of mobility and the high rate care to loose £20 a week is a big knock. I should add that itís years since he had a review and while his original award for DLA was Ďfor life,í that has now changed to Ďindefinite..í Is this just a play on words?
3. Is there an age at which they donít examine you to see if you are fit for work.Who would employ someone who has no employment record worth of talking about and is 64 years of age?
Iím trying to make sense of this for big bro so any advice you can give me will be greatly appreciated. I didnít realize that sickness benefits were been targeted so much.
For the record we live in Northern Ireland if that makes any difference.
Many thanks for any insights you can offer.