Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has this week highlighted the changes which are due to take place to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) under the UK Government’s Welfare Reform.
“The process to move people on Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payments (PIP) was started by DWP in March 2013 when they sent a letter to recipients which contained some general information about PIP. I have found that this letter simply confused many of my constituents who were left unsure of what was required of them due to the lack of information contained in it.
“The introduction of PIP is to be a phased introduction with new claimants starting to receive it in June 2013 and existing applicants starting to apply from October 2013. Although a number of changes have been made to PIP, it will still be made up of two components with recipients being able to apply for both daily living and mobility components, which will be paid at a standard or an enhanced rate. Which component and rate a claimant receives will depend on the number of points they are awarded during their assessment.
“The UK Government have decided to scrap lifetime awards, leading to a period of uncertainty for many disabled and sick claimants. Any recipients of lifetime awards will be asked to apply for PIP from October 2015. Home assessments can be carried out for those constituents who are unable to attend ATOS assessment centres.
“The Welfare Reforms being brought in by the Westminster Government are causing distress and concern to many vulnerable people across the country. As always, I would encourage any constituents with concerns to contact my Constituency Office where my staff will do everything they can to assist them with any queries or advise them on further information about the process and the differences between the benefits.”
Further information on the transfer to PIP can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/simplifying-the-welfare-system-and-making-sure-work-pays/supporting-pages/introducing-personal-independence-payment