Rollout of Personal Independence Payments delayed
Personal Independence Payments (PIP) were due to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) payments nationwide from 28 October, but this has now been delayed.
Now, only certain areas across Britain will see the changes come into force, as the government says that assessments for claimants are taking longer than expected. The scheme is still set to go ahead, however it will be phased in more gradually than originally planned.
The 3.3 million DLA claimants will be reassessed and moved to the new system over the next few years. The procedure introduces written and face-to-face medical assessments. It is estimated by the Department of Work and Pensions that 450,000 people will be ineligible for PIP by 2018, while 780,000 will get the same or more than they previously did.
According to the timetable for changes, most people on DLA will continue to claim this until 2015, when they will start to reapply for PIP. At the moment, all new claimants for the benefit are assessed for PIP. From October, the aim was to have reassessed and changed over all claimants whose circumstances have changed, but the delay means that this is only happening for people in Wales, East Midlands, West Midlands and East Anglia.
You can read more PIP, DLA and other payments on our dedicated Benefits page.