I am still missing information about exact dates. I have had a first appointment (with no documents provided this afternoon 3rd of August 2022 about this!!)
Claimant had a DLA award low rate of care – Claimant was born in 1947 – award indefinite.
Claimant diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in October 2017 and DS 1500 issued, DLA reviewed and uprated to high rate care for 3 years award to 10 December 2020. He didn’t understand that (and I assume did not really read the letter in details and if he did, put it aside and did not think about it). He was in treatment for cancer, with Covid and the Lock down everything became a blurr… BUT
Claimant says did not receive any notification of end of award or application form for a new claim in the Autumn of 2020 (well lock down issues) – He only notices that DLA payments have stopped coming into his account sometimes in March / April 2021 (he is not clear).
Calls the DWP (DLA) who says: you have to make a new claim for Attendance Allowance. (!) Right now he cannot tell me when exactly he returned the AA application to the DWP but he received an award letter with a starting date for the high rate AA on the 29th of July 2021. There are gaps in his story as to whom he spoke to and when.
Not sure why he did not take advice or no-one referred him for advice because, he had the SDA and therefore, found himself with an overpayment of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction. This has to be repaid.
On 23rd of May 2022, claimant writes to the DWP to explain that he did not receive any notification of end of award or a new form for a new claim (yes this is correct 2022)
He comes to me today, never before, to ask for help. He says that his GP issued a second DS1500 (but he cannot give me the date …) for the latest AA award starting on the 29th of July 2022. BUT
He would like redress as he has lost entitlement to support with disability between the 10th of December 2020 and 29th of July 2021 AND has ended up with a debt (overpayment) of Housing Benefit and Council tax Reduction to be repaid to the Local Authority.
HELP… I have to say…my brain went kind of blank. Any thought and suggestions on this one are urgent.
Not sure I could even consider a late appeal in relation to the decision re starting date of the AA award at present if the form was sent / stamped way before the 29th of July 2021… And I am not sure even (technically) whether he meets the conditions right now for a second DS1500. While he has bone mets and I entirely empathise with the circumstances, if effectively he has a prognosis of between 1 to 2 years which could be, matters get even more tricky.