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08.04.13

PIPs replaces disability living allowance

Disability Living Allowance has now been replaced by Personal Independence Payments (PIP) for eligible working-age people in the north west and north east, in the latest of a series of welfare reforms.

PIP has a more stringent and regular health assessment than the DLA system, which the Government says was too easy for people to get on, but never come off again. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to lose out under the new system, according to campaigners and charities like Scope.

The move follows changes to working-age benefits and tax credits, with trials of the universal credits system beginning this month in four London boroughs.

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith labelled the current DLA system – introduced by John Major’s government in 1992 – as “ridiculous”.

Protestors opposing the changes are calling for Duncan Smith to try to live on £53 a week for a year, after he said he would be able to in a radio interview. A petition urging him to actually do it went viral online and now has more than 450,000 signatures.

He told the Daily Mail: “70% of people on [DLA] have lifetime awards, which means no-one sees you ever again. It doesn't matter if you get better or your condition worsens – it’s quite ridiculous.

“We've seen a rise in the run-up to PIP. And you know why? They know PIP has a health check. They want to get in early, get ahead of it. It's a case of ‘get your claim in early’.”

But Richard Hawkes, chief executive of disability charity Scope, said: “In 2013 disabled people are struggling to make ends meet. Life costs more if you’re disabled. But this year living costs are spiralling and income is flat-lining. Disabled people are getting into debt to pay for essentials.

“What’s the Government’s response? It is cutting a financial lifeline for disabled people, which helps them meet the extra costs of day-to-day living when you are disabled. The reform is fundamentally flawed.”

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Roger T   08/04/2013 at 12:50

A self-assessed claim is always going to lead to abuse. Look at the Blue Badge system which sees parking permitted everywhere and no licence duty or parking charges. If you need a benefit then prove it, and stop those of us who pay for them being ripped off!

Roger T   08/04/2013 at 12:51

A self-assessed claim is always going to lead to abuse. Look at the Blue Badge system which sees parking permitted everywhere and no licence duty or parking charges. If you need a benefit then prove it, and stop those of us who pay for them being ripped off!

Anne Kenyon   08/04/2013 at 14:15

The system for applying for a Blue Car Badge was tightened up last year - anyone applying for a BCB now has to appear in person to be assessed and has to have their photograph taken by an officer of their local authority. Where do you get the idea that the recipient doesn't pay vehicle duty ? The badge is applicable to the person, not the vehicle. Check with local authority rather than reading misleading info on various websites. Certainly the system needed to be made more stringent.

Hughgl@Aol.Com   29/04/2013 at 12:48

In the Stoke on Trent area most car parks charge you even if you have a disabled blue badge, they are not free as Roger T intimated . The benefit from being able to park in a disabled bay for me is that I can get my husband to and from the car (he is registered blind) without me having to negotiate tighter bays and other obstacles such as uneven areas, mums with babies and prams, which potentially are tripping hazards for someone who cant see.

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