The End of Disability Living Allowance

Why is PIP replacing Disability Living Allowance? Published within the last few days on the Government website are details of the planned replacement to Disability Living Allowance. We have for you our comments. money-disability-living-allowance120x80The full report can be found at….

In essence they say:

From April 2013 a new benefit, Personal Independence Payment, will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for disabled people aged 16 to 64. Personal Independence Payment is a non-means tested, tax-free payment that you can spend as you choose.

Pretty good so far! So who actually qualifies:

Aged under 16

There’s no change for Disability Living Allowance for children up to 16 years of age – this will continue.
Aged 16 to 64

From 2013 to 2016, Personal Independence Payment will replace Disability Living Allowance for everyone of working age even if you’ve an indefinite or lifetime award. Working age means anyone aged 16 to 64 on the day that Personal Independence Payment is introduced. You’ll need to make a claim for Personal Independence Payment instead. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will write to you between 2013 and 2016 to let you know when you can claim Personal Independence Payment.

You don’t need to do anything now, DWP will contact you to let you know when your Disability Living Allowance will stop. They will tell you when and how you should make a claim for Personal Independence Payment.

There’s no automatic entitlement to Personal Independence Payment. Entitlement is based on your personal circumstances and the impact that your condition or disability has on your ability to live independently. Entitlement will not depend on what health condition or disability you have.

The only exception is for people who are terminally ill and who are not expected to live for more than six months.
Aged 65 or over

If you’re aged 65 or over on the day Personal Independence Payment is introduced, you’ll keep getting your Disability Living Allowance. You will need to continue to meet the entitlement conditions. You’ll not need to claim Personal Independence Payment.

Fortunately they do go on to explain why the changes are being made:

Replacing Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payment will mean everyone will get the right support to live independent lives. Personal Independence Payment will consider the impact of disability in a better way than Disability Living Allowance does, considering all conditions fairly.

This means that people with mental health, intellectual, cognitive and developmental impairments will be better assessed – along with people with physical disabilities. The impact of their conditions will also be taken into account in a fairer way.

The new benefit also allows disabled people to be reassessed over time to ensure everyone gets the right support if their needs change.

These changes in the long run will benefit some, and others may be penalised. As with all of these changes, you really need to read between the lines. In particular one needs to consider the details of the criteria that will be applied to the testing of disabilities and how the judgements are made on these assessments.

This, I think, is pretty normal with the streamlining that is happening everywhere and has to be expected. However, forewarned is forearmed!

PIP V’s Disability Living Allowance Consultation

Finally if you have particular concerns over this, there is still a short window of opportunity to put your views. These should be put directly to the DWP and they need to be received by them on or before the 30th April 2012.

Full information about the consultation can be found on the DWP website: Personal Independence Payment: assessment thresholds and consultation

You can find more on similar topics across the our Healthcare Products and Disability Aids blog

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