I went catastrophically downhill only a week ago, and have had to surrender my driving licence.
So, since I now have a medical document describing my difficulties in detail, I applied for a Blue Badge, which was approved the next working day.
The Blue Badge person (at my local council) advised that I should apply for PIP too, since I had to have 8 points to get the badge, which is the threshold for PIP, and so I’m highly likely to qualify.
I thought I’d record the process here, in case it is helpful to others, or if I need help myself.
I don’t use the phone (due to other disabilities) so the first step is to write a letter to ask for an application form.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP): How to claim - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
We have also just received a Blue Badge - which will be a great help.
We have applied and now receive Attendance Allowance together with a 25% reduction in the
Council Tax - every little helps.
I’m mostly looking forward to using my Blue Badge at the National Trust.
Now they’re open without booking I can resume one of my favourite things - a little walk in the garden and a trip to the tea room. It will be much easier with a Blue Badge as the NT place I visit most has disabled parking at the top of the steep hill, by the tea room, with general parking at the bottom a half mile away.
Today’s post brought me a PIP application form - while I had requested (by post) on August 10th.
It says I must return it by November 30th.
I guess that would lead to a telephone interview - which is not something I could manage.
So I’ll just give up now.
Never give up, ask for a home visit.