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Draft assessment for Personal Independence Payment

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Sarah Radcliffe
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Draft assessment for Personal Independence Payment
Posted on: May 10 2011, 10:17 am

The Government has released draft regulations for the new benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from 2013/14.  These regulations include the first details of the new assessment for PIP.  DWP has also released an explanatory note with more details on the assessment:

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

DWP is seeking comments by 6 June 2011 from people with disabilities and the organisations who support them.  This is a good opportunity to highlight any unfair impact this will have on people living with HIV at an early stage of development of the assessment.

NAT is planning to respond, and would be grateful for any comments from UKCAB members on how they think the new assessment would impact on people living with HIV.


As well as this initial call for comment on the PIP assessment, DWP has set out a timetable for engagement with disabled people and support organisations so that the assessment may be further developed:

9 May-6 June: Engage disabled people and their organisations to gather comments on this draft. Concurrently, carry out an exercise to ascertain if it is accurately and consistently assessing individuals.
Mid-late June: Revise and refine the criteria if necessary.
Mid June-1 August: Engage disabled people and their organisations for further comments.
End June-September: Test the impact of the criteria.
September: Refine the criteria further where necessary.
October: Publish a second draft of assessment regulations, reflecting changes made to the criteria as a result of refinement and testing.

For any questions or comments, please contact sarah.radcliffe@nat.org.uk

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