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I currently receive maximum PIP due to cancer (palliative care only). I reach state pension age later in the year and realise that PIP will cease. Will I be able to claim AA instead, and if so, is it awarded automatically on application or will I need an interview by DWP?

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  • Savvy_Sue
    Savvy_Sue Posts: 46,133 Forumite
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    I've only ever known AA be awarded after an application - not saying automatically, and there are two rates so you might be eligible for the lower not the higher. Not saying DWP never do further investigations, mind you, just that my (limited) experience is paper-based only. 
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    Savvy_Sue said:
    I've only ever known AA be awarded after an application - not saying automatically, and there are two rates so you might be eligible for the lower not the higher. Not saying DWP never do further investigations, mind you, just that my (limited) experience is paper-based only. 
    This isn't the case here as PIP will continue, BUT if you apply for AA as being terminally ill you always get the higher rate which is currently £89.
  • Beenie
    Beenie Posts: 1,633 Forumite
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    Can I clarify something? Palliative care is not the same as terminally ill (which is less than 6 months to live, I think). Palliative care is to hold the cancer at bay, could be for months or even years depending on your response to the chemo treatment.  I have been on palliative care for almost 18 months now and hope to be around a good while longer. Progress is checked by CT scan every 3 months and as long as the cancer is stable, treatment can continue.
  • poppy12345
    poppy12345 Posts: 18,095 Forumite
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    Terminally ill for benefits purposes is 6 months or less https://www.gov.uk/terminal-illness-benefits
    Your PIP will continue as normal when you reach state pension age.


  • Joannacaffrey
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    Daughter  gets enhanced pip both categories if I claim carers will that money be deducted out my ESA money
  • Nannytone
    Nannytone Posts: 501 Forumite
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    You cant claim CA and ESA at the same time as they  are overlapping benefits, but if you receive income related ESA you may be ebtitled to a carers premium.
    Just be sure that the care you provide, doesnt contradict the reasons  you receive ESA 
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