This is my first time on this forum, so not quite sure how it works etc
I am already claiming DLA lower rate care component.
I made a claim for PIP at the end of February 2014 as my condition has changed and worsened. On the phone they told me that the call date would be the start date for the claim, and to get my questionnaire completed within 4 weeks to be valid claim, supported with relevant evidence etc.
This done, I sat back and waited... I had my face to face assessment on 10th July 2014 and am now awaiting a decision.
I do continue to receive the lower rate of DLA for care.
The adviser from CAB told me that they would backdate my claim for PIP to the start date of PIP claim minus the amount of DLA already been paid to me.
I am now hearing rumours that this is not so! That there is no backdating.
In the past if I had put a change of condition in when DLA was running, I would have got a back date to start of claim.
So, assuming the rumours are correct, why must DLA claimants who are being reviewed be penalised if the government have changed the benefits scheme from DLA to PIP.
As new claimants to PIP I hear get theirs backdated, if not already claiming DLA.
Have I been given the correct information.
What are other people's experience of this who are in a similar boat or who know the answer to this?
I would love to hear from anyone who can shed some light on this.