PIP and DLA: changes announced by Government

Published date: 14 Dec 2012 at 3:32PM

The Government yesterday announced rates, regulations and criteria for the new disability benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – which will eventually replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

PIP rates 

Like DLA, PIP will also support people with the increased costs of living with a disability. There will still be two parts, but they will now be called ‘daily living’ and ‘mobility’.

However, the lower rate for the care component of DLA will be scrapped.  There will only be two rates for the daily living and mobility components of PIP, and they will pay the same as the middle and higher rates of DLA.  

People currently receiving low rate support for their care on DLA who still qualify for PIP will see an increase in the amount of money they get - but PIP is stricter in some areas than DLA, and some people are likely to miss out or see their payments reduced.

Benefits shake up

Everyone on DLA will need to reapply for PIP, and the Government has estimated that around 600,000 will be removed from the disability benefit in the shake up.

The MS Society has been working hard to ensure the Government recognises the needs of people with MS in the new assessments. They’ve included a number of key considerations in their plans – our campaigns blog, to be published next week, will give more detail. Two key areas announced were:

  • more consideration given to a broader number and type of aids and appliances people with disabilities might need

  • more consideration given to people with fluctuating conditions who need to reapply for disability benefits following a flare up of symptoms

Importantly, the government also announced that the main reassessment phase for PIP will now be delayed until October 2015. Those with indefinite or lifetime awards of DLA will not be reassessed for PIP until this time. 

But we’re still not happy with the approach being taken to assess people with fluctuating conditions like MS. We will continue our fight to make the assessment as fair as it can be for people with the condition.

Get involved

You can play a vital role in helping us make PIP fairer for people with MS.  To get involved with join our campaigns community at www.mssociety.org.uk/campaignscommunity.

Page last updated: 19 Dec 2012

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