Government reform to benefits
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the benefit designed to help with the extra costs associated with disability. It is now being replaced by a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
As people are moved from DLA onto PIP, the government estimates that more than 600,000 people will no longer qualify for support. We are opposed to any plans to cut spending on DLA and raised our concerns with government when they asked us.
We have had some success already when we campaigned with other charities to urge the government to add vital wording to the PIP assessment. As a result of our campaigning, the government changed their minds and added wording which should help people who have conditions which can vary from day to day or week to week. What this means is that when someone applies for PIP, the person who is deciding if they meet the rules for getting the payment will have to consider if it is possible for that person to undertake a range of activities ‘safely, reliably, repeatedly and in a reasonable time period’.