Change to Disability Living Allowance from April 2013

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The government proposes to replace DLA with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

This will involve the introduction of stricter assessments to decide eligibility. The main aim of this is to help decide the person’s need as a result of the disability rather than making decision based on the disability itself. Unlike Disability Living Allowance Personal Independence Payment will be reviewed on a periodic basis to determine that there is still a need to have this help.

At the moment the government only plans to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for working-age claimants.

Between October 2013 and March 2016 all the existing people aged 16 to Pension Age receiving Disability Living Allowance will be written to about claiming the new benefit instead.

PIP will be made up of two components. A person can claim either one or both. The components are:

  • a daily living component, which relates to a claimants ability to carry out a prescribed list of daily living activities AND
  • a mobility component, which relates to a claimants ability to carry a prescribed list of mobility activities.

Daily Living Component – There are two rates.

  • Standard Rate for those whose ability to carry out daily living activities is limited by the person physical or mental condition.
  • Enhanced Rate for those whose ability to carry out daily living activities is severely limited by the person physical or mental condition

Mobility Component – There are two rates

  • Standard Rate for those whose ability to carry out mobility activities is limited by the person physical or mental condition.
  • Enhanced Rate for those whose ability to carry out mobility activities is severely limited by the person physical or mental condition

The award will be for a fixed term. To qualify it must be that the qualifying condition(s) existed for at least 3 months and are expected to last at least a further 9 months.

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