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How will the changes in Disability Living Allowance affect you?

Posted on 13/06/2013

People in England, Scotland and Wales who currently claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA) have begun to change over to a new system, called Personal Independence Payment (PIP), as part of the government’s welfare reforms.

This new system was originally introduced back in April, as a trial for claimants in the north of England, but as of 10 June 2013, any new claimant from across the country (excluding Northern Ireland for the time being) will be applying under the new PIP rules. From October, existing claimants whose circumstances have changed will be reassessed for PIP. If you are a current DLA claimant, and your circumstances have not changed, then reassessment will not happen until 2015 at the earliest, with all DLA payments changed over to the PIP system by 2018. This applies to all working age DLA claimants, and there are currently no plans to replace the DLA system for those under 16 or over 65.

One of the key differences between the two systems is in the way that claimants are assessed for eligibility. PIP is designed to be a tailored payment plan to meet individual needs, and the application process will include a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare professional. The payment will also be reviewed regularly to ensure that the right support is given.

The assessment will look at how an individual’s life is affected by their disability, rather than just by their condition, meaning that two people with the same impairment will not necessarily receive the same payment.

You can read more about the change from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payments on our page dedicated to your benefit entitlements.

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