DLA, PIP and Injured Service Personel.

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  1. I was informed yesterday that the MoD / DWP have finalised the Disability Living Allowance for injured service personel.

    It's called AFIP and is one simple form to declare what AFCS level you are. AFIP will be paid for Tariffs 1-10 or two level 11. The award is for life - no reassessments, no more paperwork to complete.

    It is only for those on AFCS, those on WPS will undergo the process for PIP.
     
  2. Thanks for the info dingerr.

    I wrote to the MoD asking for info on this and why no consultation with ISP or their representative organisations had taken place (unlike DLA-PIP); not surprisingly I'm still waiting for a reply!

    Looking at the criteria for PIP it looks as difficult to be awarded as the War Pension Mobility supplement is currently so it may not adversely affect too many new applicants.

    The criteria for AFCS is well targeted IMO, in fact it may even see a bit of an extension for the Blue Badge scheme which currently stops at tariff 8.

    Edited to add:

    One of the things that springs to mind regarding the WP mobility component & care supplement is the cost of ATOS doctor examinations when reviewing entitlement because all those in receipt will have to be reviewed at some stage.
     
  3. From www.dasa.mod.uk (I wonder if it will explain AFIP)
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  4. COPIED FROM THE DIB

    SERIAL: 2013DIB/10DATE: 14 February 2013
    ISSUE: Introduction of the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
    AUDIENCE: All Service Personnel
    TIMING: Routine
    ACTION: To be briefed for Information Only

    KEYPOINTS:

    • On Monday 8 April 2013 the Ministry of Defence (MOD), in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), will introduce a new benefit called the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) worth £134.40 a week to those eligible.

    • AFIP is designed to provide financial support to service personnel and veterans who have been seriously injured as a result of service to cover the extra costs they may have as a result of their injury. Special consideration for those who have given the most for their country is a principle set out in the Armed Forces Covenant.

    • As part of the Welfare Reform agenda currently being undertaken by the DWP, the current Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be replaced for working age claimants (16 to 64) by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). AFIP is an alternative to PIP for service personnel and veterans.

    • The key difference between AFIP and PIP is that individuals eligible for AFIP will not be required to undergo an initial assessment, nor is there any future reassessment process.

    • Service personnel and veterans eligible for AFIP (eligibility is defined as
    those who have been awarded a Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP) of 50% or higher from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme) will shortly receive a letter from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency that will provide further details and a claim form.

    DETAIL:

    1. As part of the Welfare Reform agenda currently being undertaken by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the current Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be replaced by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for those of working age (16 to 64). The Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) is an alternative to PIP, designed solely for seriously injured service personnel and veterans.

    2. The MOD has been working with the DWP to design and implement AFIP since 19 July 2012, when the Prime Minister announced that service personnel and veterans seriously injured as a result of their service should have access to simplified financial support arrangements as part of the welfare reform agenda. The introduction of AFIP on Monday 8 April 2013 will ensure that this commitment is met.

    3. The benefit is designed to provide financial support to cover the extra costs claimants may have as a result of their injury. The amount paid for AFIP will be £134.40 per week, which is the same amount as the enhanced rates of both the daily living and mobility components of PIP or the highest rate of both components of DLA. It is non-taxable and will not be means-tested.

    4. Service personnel and veterans awarded a Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP) of 50% or higher under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)1 will be eligible for AFIP.

    5. Individuals eligible for AFIP will not be required to undergo an initial assessment, nor is there any future reassessment process, as is the case for PIP. Therefore once a claim for AFIP has been made and is successful, the individual will receive the payment for life.

    6. These arrangements do not impact on the eligibility of service personnel and veterans to other benefits. They can make a claim for other benefits as they do now, and where entitled, will receive those other benefits. Personnel who were injured prior to 6 April 2005 and who are covered by the War Pensions Scheme will be able to apply for PIP when it is introduced.

    7. AFIP will be administered by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) as part of the AFCS and the DWP will make the payments.

    8. AFIP frequently asked questions are below.

    FURTHER INFORMATION:
    Specific queries and advice relating to claims should be directed to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency. Tel: 0800 169 2277 or by e-mail: Veterans-UK

    Personnel wishing to find out more about the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can obtain information at www.gov.uk/pip

    Defence Internal Briefs (DIBs) are released by the DMC Internal Communications Team. If you have any questions or feedback on the contents of this brief, please speak to the named subject contact identified above.

    Q&A

    Section 1: General Information/Policy Background

    What is the Armed Forces Independence Payment?

    The Ministry of Defence (MOD), in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), is introducing a new benefit called the Armed Forces Independence Payment. The benefit is designed to provide financial support to service personnel and veterans seriously injured as a result of service to cover the extra costs they may have as a result of their injury. It will be introduced from Monday 8th April 2013.

    Why is this payment being made?

    AFIP has been introduced for service personnel and veterans in light of the changes being made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to existing welfare benefits. On 19 July 2012, the Prime Minister announced that service personnel and veterans seriously injured as a result of their service should not be financially disadvantaged by the changes. AFIP will ensure that this commitment is met.

    Why are only service personnel and veterans being treated in this way?

    The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the principle of special consideration, particularly for those who have given the most for their country. It is the responsibility of all of society to recognise those who have been seriously injured as a result of their service.

    If AFIP is a new payment, does it replace an existing benefit?

    Yes. As part of the Welfare Reform agenda currently being undertaken by the DWP, the current Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be replaced for working age claimants (16 to 64) by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). AFIP is an alternative to PIP for service personnel and veterans who have been seriously injured as a result of their service.

    Will service personnel and veterans who receive AFIP be able to get the Personal Independence Payment too?

    No. Service personnel and veterans who receive AFIP will not be eligible to receive the two payments concurrently. Government policy dictates that an individual cannot receive AFIP and PIP for the same injury. Claimants could however claim and receive PIP in advance of any AFIP application. Any AFIP payment due will take account of any PIP already paid for the same period with only any applicable balance paid.

    Who will be eligible for AFIP payments?

    Service personnel and veterans who are entitled to a Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP) of 50% or higher through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme will be eligible for the payments.

    When will AFIP come into force?

    Monday 8 April 2013.

    Who is responsible for the payments?

    The payments will be made by the DWP. However, claimants for AFIP will have initial contact with the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA). The SPVA will confirm eligibility with DWP who will put the payments in place.

    Why the need for AFIP? Does this mean PIP doesn’t work?

    No. AFIP recognises the unique and important role played by the UK Armed Forces and is designed to streamline welfare assistance with the support that the most severely injured personnel receive from MOD. It will ensure that individuals receive a holistic package of support rather than being assessed separately for different elements.

    Will individuals eligible for AFIP have to undergo reassessment in the future?

    No, and this is the key difference between AFIP and PIP. Those eligible for AFIP will keep the payment for as long as they are entitled to receive a GIP of 50% or higher and will not be required to undergo any further reassessment. This allows for long term financial assurance and reflects the unique nature of the challenges facing those who are injured as a result of their service. Service personnel and veterans covered by these arrangements will have been seriously injured and we expect these injuries will impact on them for the
    rest of their lives. We believe, therefore, that it is right that they should not be reassessed.

    Will service personnel and veterans receiving AFIP be entitled to the other benefits/passporting arrangements in the same way as those in receipt of PIP?

    Service personnel and veterans may be able to use their AFIP eligibility as a passport to other benefits and schemes, in the same way as individuals who are awarded PIP. Although it is anticipated that the passporting arrangements will be similar for AFIP and PIP, claimants are strongly encouraged to identify what payment best suits their overall requirements.

    What about those who do not have an AFCS award at 50% or higher?

    Service personnel and veterans in this category can make a claim for PIP. PIP applicants will receive an objective assessment based on the two components that make up the allowance: daily living and mobility. The assessment will consider an individual’s personal circumstances against these components which will identify the level of support that is required. Personnel in receipt of PIP will be required to undergo re-assessment in the future. This is in line with DWP rules for this payment. Further information on PIP is available at www.gov.uk/pip

    Why are we limiting AFIP to those in receipt of a GIP of at least 50%?

    Claims that do not result in a GIP of at least 50% are not considered to be injuries which have a lasting significant impact on the individual’s functionality and ability to earn income.

    What would happen if an AFCS claim, initially below 50% GIP, is reconsidered, reviewed or appealed to a Tribunal and the decision leads to the AFCS award being increased to a 50% GIP or more?

    In the above circumstances the individual would become eligible for AFIP from the date that the decision to award a 50% GIP had been made.

    What if someone’s injury gets better and their original AFCS award (that attracted a GIP at 50% or higher) is no longer deemed appropriate and the 50% GIP is reduced?

    As the AFCS is a full and final scheme with limited points to review decisions that have been made, and very exceptional circumstances in which awards can be reduced or removed, it is unlikely this situation will arise.

    If this were to happen, then the individual would be able to apply for PIP.

    What about other areas of welfare reform such as universal credit and the benefit cap?

    All War Pension Scheme (WPS) payments and the AFCS Guaranteed Income Payment will be fully disregarded in the calculation of Universal Credit. AFIP and PIP payments will also be fully disregarded. All WPS payments and the AFCS GIP will also be exempt from the benefit cap.

    Does AFIP eligibility extend to those in receipt of compensation from the War Pensions Scheme?

    No. Those who receive compensation under the War Pensions Scheme have access to other allowances in place of DLA. These additional War Pensions supplementary allowances will continue and not be changed when AFIP/PIP is introduced.

    How many people will benefit from the arrangements?

    We estimate that there are approximately 700 existing individuals eligible to claim AFIP.

    Section 2: Claimants

    If I am eligible to receive AFIP, how much will I receive?

    AFIP will be paid at a rate of £134.40 per week. This payment is the equivalent of the enhanced rates of both daily living and mobility components of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and the highest rate of both components of DLA.

    When is it paid?

    AFIP will be paid, in arrears, on a 4 weekly basis. It will be paid directly into the claimant’s bank account.
    Who will make the payments?

    The payments will be made by the DWP.

    How do I make a claim for AFIP?
    Claims for AFIP will be made through the completion of a claim form, which should be sent to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA).

    Where can I get a claim form from?

    You will be sent an AFIP claim form, and a letter setting out the new arrangements, by the SPVA.

    Is there a deadline for making a claim?

    No time limits will apply to make a claim for AFIP. Payments to eligible claimants will commence from the date that the AFIP claim form is received by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency. However if you delay returning your claim form it may affect the date on which it becomes payable.

    How will I know if I am eligible?

    Confirmation of eligibility to receive AFIP will be provided by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency.
    Your AFCS award letter will also confirm if you are in receipt of a GIP of 50% or higher.

    I am in already in receipt of an AFCS GIP at 50% or higher. Will I be contacted about AFIP?

    Yes, a letter will be sent to you in due course and in advance of the implementation date for AFIP.

    How do I know if I will be better off with AFIP or PIP?

    Personnel eligible for AFIP will need to consider which allowance best suits their circumstances. The amount paid for AFIP will be £134.40 per week. This is the same amount as the enhanced rates of both the daily living and mobility components that make up the PIP. Personnel will, however, be required to consider what additional benefits both AFIP and PIP entitle them to receive. This is known as “passporting”. Although passporting arrangements are not expected to differ greatly between AFIP and PIP, personnel should ensure that they choose the appropriate allowance that ensures all their needs are met.

    Who can help me to decide whether AFIP or PIP is best for me?

    Further information on the AFIP, including the passporting arrangements, is available by contacting the SPVA on 0800 169 2277 or by visiting Veterans-UK

    I am currently in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and through this am also claiming other benefits. Will claiming for AFIP affect these?

    You will be required to identify which payment best suits your individual circumstances, including the access to other benefit payments that you currently receive through the DLA. Advice on making the right choice is available by contacting the SPVA (see answer above).

    How does AFIP impact on the new benefit cap arrangements?

    There will not be an impact. AFIP will not be taken into consideration in benefit cap calculations

    Will AFIP be included in the means test for other DWP benefits?

    No.

    Will AFIP payments increase over time?

    AFIP payments will increase by the same percentage amount as applied to PIP. The expectation is that PIP will increase on an annual basis although this is not confirmed.

    What can I claim if my AFCS decision takes a long time to decide?

    Whilst the AFCS claim is being considered individuals can claim PIP. Once the AFCS decision has been reached and results in a GIP of 50% or more, the individual will be eligible to claim AFIP. Government policy dictates that an individual cannot receive AFIP and PIP concurrently for the same injury. Therefore the AFIP payment due will take account of any PIP already paid for the same period with only any applicable balance paid.

    Section 3: Personal Independence Payment
    Further information on the PIP is available via: www.gov.uk/pip
     
  5. http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/pog-minutes-05-dec12.pdf

    2. Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

    DWP led the meeting through a set of slides giving an overview for the introduction and delivery. They highlighted:

    Introduction and Design:


    • The purpose of AFIP is to ensure that severely injured service and ex service personnel are protected from disadvantage as a result of reforms to DLA and the introduction of PIP.
    • AFIP will be launched in April 2013.
    • AFIP will be available to those in receipt of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Guaranteed Income Payments (GIP) at tariff level 1-8 (or in receipt of GIP of 50% based on multiple tariff level 9 awards).
    • This will mean that those classed as severely injured will not be faced with multiple assessments.
    • A low volume of new claims is expected.
    • The MOD will be contacting all eligible veterans prior to April 2013.
    • The MOD will introduce legislation for AFIP in an amendment to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

    Delivery:


    • The MOD will take the new claim and determine eligibility.
    • The claim will then be passed to DWP for payment and ongoing claim maintenance.
    • The payment will be equal to and no greater than the enhanced rates of the mobility and daily living components of PIP.
    • Payments will continue for the life of the claimant, including hospitalisation and any time spent in prison.
    • AFIP will be included in the Tell Us Once Scheme.
    • A specialist team dedicated team will be set up within DWP.

    LAs:


    • Claimants in receipt of AFIP will be eligible for disability premiums for HB and CT reduction schemes.
    • AFIP income will be disregarded, and households where a member is in receipt of AFIP will be exempted from the benefit cap.

    AFIP works in a similar way to PIP. The PM's commitment is that no seriously injured service personnel would be disadvantaged as a result of the transition from DLA to PIP. AFIP recipients could be as young as 16. Receipt of AFIP by the claimant, the claimant’s partner or a child or young person for whom the claimant or the claimant’s partner is responsible will exempt the household from the benefit cap.
     
  6. EScotia, I do wonder if the MOD / SPVA have a special bin they put all your letters, email, phone calls and other enquiries into? You do seem a tad obsessed with your entitlement. What is wrong with you and how is it service applicable?
     
  7. In way of support for EScotia I'll reply for him. None of what I'm posting isn't already somewhere on ARRSE.

    You'll find that EScotia has had to put up a strong fight for AFCS for injuries he sustained, whilst not combat injuries they were none the less sustained in service. Some underpant failed to understand what service means and EScotia has not only had to combat his injuries, but combat a sometimes flawed system for what is rightfully his.

    Rather than sit back, he has elected to post his experience and growing knowledge of AFCS and matters effecting injured soldiers on here to help where possible anyone going through the same difficulties.

    If you read his posts I doubt you'll ever find him whinging, he posts useful factual information and offers a straightforward opinion or comment.

    He's just a straightforward blerk, there is no vendetta or agenda.
     
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  8. Given his ability to write to SPVA and cut and paste on here I am sure he can answer for himself. His straight forward opinion and comment is almost always that SPVA have let him down again. Frankly that is not the SPVA I know and I get rather annoyed that the common thread from him is that they are useless and never reply to him.

    I correspond with SPVA once or twice a year for new or replacement bits, I am based in SA and I get an excellent level of service from the SPVA, cash is paid into my account and I pay the suppliers here, simple, staighforward and incredibly helpful people.

    Perhaps, and we have had this discussion on here and by PM, he took a less combatative view with those who actually do a great job, for the vast majority, he would get more help!

    Finally, there is a certain level of scare mongering from him and others that does nothing to help or reassure those who need assistance. The system is going through change, most of it for the good, afterall we do not want people claiming benefits they do not need or are not entiltled to.
     
  9. The problem is that it's easy if you have had no problems. SPVA do try, but they are not without their problems.

    They really need to get on top of things now whilst the vast majority of injured troops are still in rehab and need little input from SPVA. in a few years time as rehab is concluded there will be a surge that SPVA will deal with.

    I asked them to send me a copy of my AFCS finalised award claim. The. Dozy buggrs couldn't get that right.
     
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  10. SPVA could drastically reduce their workload if applicable templates were available as secure downloads (accessable by entering claimants NI or Regl number & returning to Norcross by email) and they embraced the likes of Skype @ tribunals for people that cannot travel or have chosen to live abroad but are otherwise keen to attend.

    Just my 2p:)
     
  11. Hi i am new to this site so i may be posting in the wrong place.
    I currently receive a war disablement pension of 50% and also a service pension.
    In addition to this for a number of years i have received lower rate DLA care component and higher rate Mobility. The Mobility componenet isnt paid to me though as i claim the War Pension Motablity Component.
    With all the changes which are taking place i noticed i am not going to qualify for AFIP but i do for PIP.
    My question is really is it possible for me to come off DLA which is £20 a week and claim something else instead. Also if i come off DLA will i need to reapply for the Mobility Supplement.
    My fear is coming off the DLA i will lose my car but when i originally claimed 12 years ago i had to qualify for DLA higher rate mobility to be able to get the War Pension Mobility supplement.
    I hope this makes sense as i think i may be better off financially and mentally getting away from the stresses that the new PIP is going to bring.
    Any help with this would be much appreciated.
     
  12. Now that really is a question (s) for Escotia!
     
  13. Nah, unfortunately I've had enough of the snidey comments from people such as yourself to try & help people on here anymore.

    Why don't you get involved in helping someone instead of trolling?
     
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  14. Hurray! You've finally seen your own arrse as well!!!

    It's ******* annoying isn't it?
     
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