The key to a successful claim is demonstrating how your needs are greater than a comparable person without PCD. It is a good idea to get specialised help to complete the forms as it is difficult to know what facts are relevant – ask your specialist respiratory nurse, visit the Citizens Advice Bureau or you can contact Fightback4justice for help.
If you do not already claim DLA, an application pack can be obtained by calling the Benefits Agency on 0845 712 3456 (voice) or 0845 722 4433 (text only). You need to ask for forms DLA1. If you prefer you can request a pack from: Disability Living Allowance, Warbreck House, Warbreck Hill, Blackpool FY2 OYJ. Alternatively, you can print off an application form or find out more information from the Department for Work and Pensions website.
Once you have submitted your form it will be assessed, and you will be notified about which rate you will be awarded. Occasionally people have had their applications turned down or are awarded a lower rate than they think they are entitled to – if this happens do not despair. Ask the Benefits Agency for a decision in writing and appeal. Please note that the time to record your appeal is limited to one month. Help can be obtained in how to fill out the forms and how to appeal from the Benefits Inquiry Line on 0800 88 22 00. Further helpful information about benefits can be found on the Contact A Family website.