Posted on 21/12/2012

Confusion Over Change from DLA to PIP

Confusion Over Change from DLA to PIP

A significant change is occurring for the disabled

A major change in the allowances paid to help disabled people to lead independent lives has already run into delays, even before the new benefits come into force, Work and Pensions Minister, Esther McVey, told the House of Commons on Thursday 13th December.

The changes, which will affect around 3.2 million people who currently receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA), are due to begin from 8th April 2013, starting with new claimants. It was hoped that existing DLA claimants would be reassessed between October 2013 and March 2016, in order to move them over to the new benefit. However, Ms McVey announced that these reassessments would not start until at least October 2015.

How will PIP take over the DLA?

The DLA is being replaced by a new benefit, called Personal Independence Payments (PIP), with the government hoping to save around £2 billion through the change. Currently, DLA is paid on a sliding scale between £20.55 per week and £131.50 per week. However, anyone under 16 or over 65 will continue to receive DLA even after the new scheme has been implemented.

According to the Department for Work and Pensions website, the new PIP benefit will be ‘based on an assessment of individual need. The new assessment will focus on an individual’s ability to carry out a range of key activities necessary to everyday life.’ This means that the new benefit will have different assessment criteria than the existing DLA, which is causing concern for many claimants. No doubt the new timetable will bring a sigh of relief from many of those who feel that they may have been adversely affected by the changes.

Whatever your level of disability, you can count on NRS Healthcare to provide all you need to live as independently as possible.


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