Two weeks to share Personal Independence Payment views

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Tuesday 9 July 2024

Tags: personal independence payment, PIP, consultation

A consultation on changes to the disability benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP) closes on Tuesday 23 July, two weeks today.

PIP is a non-means tested benefit that helps with the extra costs of disability for people aged 16 to pension age. PIP replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children when they turn 16 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. In Scotland, Adult Disability Payment is replacing PIP.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has set out options for reforming PIP in England and Wales. The green paper Modernising Support for Independent Living includes:

  • Redesigning assessments to target disabled people and people with a formal diagnosis.
  • Making assessments more linked to a person’s condition.
  • Moving away from a fixed-cash benefit system to vouchers or payments based on people submitting receipts for expenditure.
  • Placing more responsibility on local services to better meet disabled people’s needs.

At Contact, we are worried that a desire to make spending cuts could have a serious impact on disabled young people.

You can respond to the consultation by completing an online form or email consultation.modernisingsupport@DWP.GOV.UK if:

  • You would like to respond via email.
  • You have any other enquiries specifically relating to this consultation.

The consultation closes on Tuesday 23 July.