PIP and cancer

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lulu221
lulu221 Posts: 13 Forumite
edited 5 January 2016 at 12:35AM in Benefits & tax credits
My ex has been diagnosed with lung cancer, he is already on Esa, can he apply for PIP now? I saw something about terminal illness with 6months to live, but we are not sure how long he has left, can he still make a claim for PIP?

And also another question, if our son goes to live with him during this time to care for him would her because able to take over his fathers tenancy when he passes?

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  • tomtontom
    tomtontom Posts: 7,929 Forumite
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    He should apply for PIP, whether he will qualify under the special rules will depend on his life expectancy/ whether the condition is considered terminal. Macmillan should be able to help him apply.

    How old is your son? His right to succeed the tenancy is largely up to the landlord. If it is social housing you can ask for their policy on this. Could he not return to live with you, or wherever he is living now?
  • lulu221
    lulu221 Posts: 13 Forumite
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    Hi Tom Tom his illness is terminal, but of course
    they are not 100% certain of how long he will survive.
    The problem is that if he goes and stays with his father, it will mean I am under occupying my flat and will have to leave ??? This is what ive been told so far, or just pay the extra housing benefits?
    Sorry if this is a bit confusing ?
  • ChrisA95
    ChrisA95 Posts: 40 Forumite
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    With PIP, the special rules applies only to those who are expected to live 6 months or less. I am not criticising, but I would of thought the doctors would have some idea if he was going to live for at least 6 months.
  • lulu221
    lulu221 Posts: 13 Forumite
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    Chris, we have asked but they are reluctant to say, I think it will depend on how the chemo affect the tumours, if it works well or not, then maybe they can give us some clue!
  • alexjonsson
    alexjonsson Posts: 158 Forumite
    edited 5 January 2016 at 5:39PM
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    If the oncologist doesn't know if he'll live more than six months you should still ask them to complete the Form DS1500. If he happens to live longer than six months but is still terminal then it won't matter and your ex would still receive PIP. It certainly wouldn't hurt to ask.

    I was diagnosed terminal in February last year but am still here. I've been receiving PIP since my application in March. I hope to live another couple of years but the onco didn't know at the time how effective the treatment would be.

    Definitely make an appointment with the MacMillan benefits advisor, but make sure you are as well informed as possible before you see them. There is lots of information on gov.uk, and don't forget that the legislation documentation is all readily available.
  • PasturesNew
    PasturesNew Posts: 70,698 Forumite
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    Consultants can't tell how long you've got. I was told "months" for somebody who then lasted a fortnight.
  • Cheeky_Monkey
    Cheeky_Monkey Posts: 2,072 Forumite
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    lulu221 wrote: »
    My ex has been diagnosed with lung cancer, he is already on Esa, can he apply for PIP now? I saw something about terminal illness with 6months to live, but we are not sure how long he has left, can he still make a claim for PIP?

    And also another question, if our son goes to live with him during this time to care for him would her because able to take over his fathers tenancy when he passes?

    I do wish you hadn't asked that second question - it smacks of ulterior motive :(
  • fishybusiness
    fishybusiness Posts: 1,263 Forumite
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    My ex has been diagnosed with lung cancer, he is already on Esa, can he apply for PIP now?

    The illness itself and the effects of the treatment can be debilitating, for those reasons PIP can be justifiable.

    I've done it, and have been awarded Enhanced Daily Living and Standard Mobility. I didn't have to go to interview.

    That's for a good year of on and off chemo and 2 stem cell transplants.

    When applying, add the name and contact details of any specialist nurse looking after the care, and the name etc of the consultant.
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