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Personal Independence Payment Implementation (PIP) Update

Government’s response to the consultation on
DLA reform and Personal Independence Payment – completing the detailed design

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Personal Independence Payment Implementation (PIP) Update

From 8 April 2013 Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people age 16 to 64.This note is to advise you that the Government has today published its responses to the recent PIP consultations on the detailed design and assessment criteria; and to share with you DWP’s finalised timetable for reassessing DLA claimants for PIP.Government response to recent PIP consultations

Throughout the development of PIP we have carefully considered the feedback we received from individuals and organisations. As a direct result of this feedback we have, where necessary, made changes to both the assessment criteria and the detailed benefit rules that underpin PIP.

Following feedback to the consultation on the assessment criteria we have made a series of changes. These include; broadening our approach to aids and appliances, taking account of specialist orientation aids in the planning and following a journey activity, and dividing the previous communicating activity into two, to take separate account of verbal communication and the ability to read and understand signs, symbols and words. The new assessment criteria will help to better reflect individual needs and focus support on those that need it most.

We have also made positive changes on some of the benefit rules including an extension to temporary absences abroad from 4 to 13 weeks before benefit is affected.

Alongside the Government’s responses to the consultations we have also published final drafts of key regulations on the assessment and entitlement provisions.

You may well have seen coverage with regards to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement about the rates of disability benefits. I can confirm that the enhanced and standard rates of both PIP components will be the same cash amount as under DLA. The exact weekly rates of PIP are available on the DWP website.

These rates are provisional until the legislative process is completed in early 2013. PIP will continue to be a non-means tested, non-taxable cash benefit which will be uprated in line with the Consumer Price Index.

Finalised Timetable for Reassessment

We recognise PIP is a major change and we are determined to get the delivery right by allowing processes to bed in, making sure our systems are working as we intend and learning from our new claims experience before increasing assessment volumes.

The peak period of reassessments will now be in 2015 which means we have more time to ensure that the assessment is working correctly and that it is meeting individual needs.

This means that we can take the time to learn from the early introduction of PIP – for example, we will be able to consider the findings of our first independent review to Parliament on the operation of the PIP assessment, which we intend to complete by the end of 2014.

We will ensure that DLA remains in payment for all claimants until a decision on PIP has been communicated to the claimant.

Now that we have finalised the assessment criteria, reassessment timetable and agreed the rates at which PIP will be paid, we are able for the first time to understand the overall effect on the caseload. Full details of our revised projections, along with the Government’s response to the consultations are available at www.dwp.gov.uk.

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