Proposal to replace Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payment (16th September 2011)

 

3.1 Carers UK is surprised and disappointed at the lack of adequate assessment of the impact of the PIP proposals on carers:

· There was no mention of carers in the initial Impact Assessment of the DLA reforms, published with the Bill; or in the Equality Impact Assessments published during the Committee stage. The Government’s response to the DLA reform consultation, published in April, simply states that the Government is considering the implications for Carer’s Allowance of DLA reform.

· This lack of upfront information not only makes adequate scrutiny of the proposals impossible – but it is also causing a huge amount of distress for families, including those affected by the most severe disability and terminal illness, who fear the loss of their disability and carers’ benefits because they do not know if they may be affected.

· Given that 73% of current Carer’s Allowance claimants are women, it is also concerning that the potential loss of independent income for a group predominantly made up of women was not a key part of the gender impact assessment for the Bill.

3.2 We believe that it is critical that a full evaluation of the impact on carers is conducted as a matter of urgency. This must include an estimate of the number of carers expected to lose Carer’s Allowance, a disability impact assessment and a carer equality impact assessment which looks at the impact on gender equality of the likely loss of Carer’s Allowance .

Proposal to replace Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payment (16th September 2011)

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4 Responses to “Proposal to replace Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payment (16th September 2011)”

  1. malka Says:

    at last carers uk has woken up………………but again is this too late….

  2. Anon Says:

    Personal Independence Payment briefing notes and draft assessment regulations

    To support the Welfare Reform Bill as it progresses through Parliament, we have published briefing notes to set out key elements of policy relating to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and provide greater clarity on our proposals.

    As further policy decisions are made we will update this page.

    The short address for this page is: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/pip
    Briefing notes

    Introduction (50KB) PDF
    Delivery – the operational approach (47KB) PDF
    Required period condition (34KB) PDF
    Award durations and exceptions to fixed-term awards (36KB) PDF
    Children (35KB) PDF
    People aged over 65 (34KB) PDF
    Passporting from Personal Independence Payment (42KB) PDF

    Draft assessment criteria

    Ministers have committed to publishing initial draft regulations for the PIP assessment criteria and the required period conditions to inform discussion at Commons Committee stage of the Welfare Reform Bill. To provide context to our early development work and the draft assessment regulations, we have also published an explanatory technical note. This outlines our plans for refinement and testing of the initial draft criteria.
    Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Assessment) draft regulations

    Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Assessment) draft regulations (200KB) PDF
    Large print – Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Assessment) draft regulations (74KB) PDF
    Initial draft of assessment criteria – technical note
    Initial draft of assessment criteria – technical note (232KB) PDF
    Easy read – initial draft assessment criteria technical note (1MB) PDF
    Large print – Initial draft of assessment criteria – technical note (180KB) PDF
    Audio versions of the initial draft assessment criteria technical note
    British Sign Language films of the initial draft assessment criteria technical note (YouTube)

    We sought views on our initial proposals for the draft assessment criteria between 9 May and 31 August 2011. We are now considering the feedback we have received on how well the initial proposals worked and if they could be improved, alongside the findings from the summer testing. Changes made to the criteria as a result of refinement and testing will be reflected in a second draft of the assessment criteria and regulations, which we intend to be publish in the autumn.

    http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/welfare-reform/legislation-and-key-documents/welfare-reform-bill-2011/personal-independence-payment-briefing/

    Also refer http://benefits.tcell.org.uk/forums-keywords/benefits/welfare-reform-bill-2011/personal-independence-payment-pip

  3. Kevin Says:

    Increased personalisation and choice

    refer http://caringforourfuture.dh.gov.uk/2011/09/15/personalisation/#comment-351

  4. Kevin Says:

    It has long been acknowledged that the most important and effective form of support is Peer Support. Yet it has been hard for local authorities to create the right conditions for Peer Support to flourish. Too often local leaders try to make Peer Support fit within a service-dominated culture rather than encouraging, welcoming and respecting the expertise of their own citizens. This discussion paper describes some of the innovative Peer Support approaches that are emerging and encourages local leaders to build respect for Peer Support into the heart of their approach to personalisation.

    http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/type/pdfs/peer-support.html

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