Charity highlights impact of move from DLA to PIP

By agency reporter
April 5, 2017

A leading UK poverty charity ,Turn2us,  is highlighting how the move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is leaving many people with a disability struggling to pay their basic living costs.

The charity says that many people who have been receiving DLA, but have not passed the PIP assessment, are contacting it for help as they have been left struggling to make ends meet. The charity says that many people report that they find the assessment very difficult and that it appears that people are more likely to pass the assessment if they have someone to advocate for them.

PIP is the benefit which is replacing DLA. It provides extra money for adults who have care and mobility needs as a result of their disability. People already in receipt of DLA, aged between 16 and 64 on 8 April 2013, will eventually have to make a new claim for PIP, even if they have been given an indefinite or lifetime award of DLA. Those aged 65 or over on 8 April 2013 will carry on getting DLA.

There were a total of 3.7 million claimants of PIP and DLA in August 2016. This was an increase of 87,000 on the previous year. The number of people claiming DLA fell by 350,000 in the year to August 2016 to 2.7 million. During the same period, the number of people claiming PIP increased by 430,000 to 980,000, and 370,000 of these claims were reassessed DLA claims.

Outlining the charity’s concerns about the consequences of people who had been receiving DLA failing the PIP assessment, Alison Taylor, Director of Turn2us Operations, said: “This will result in a significant drop in the income of someone who has an illness or disability and represents the loss of genuinely valuable support. Not receiving Personal Independence Payment after previously receiving Disability Living Allowance can have sudden and devastating consequences at a time when people are least resilient.”


* Turn2us https://www.turn2us.org.uk/

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