From today, a new disability benefit called the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA) across the country.
PIP has been in place since April for disabled people living in the north west of England and making a new claim.
Disabled people can no longer make a new claim for DLA, and now have to apply for PIP instead. People who are getting DLA at the moment will start being reassessed for PIP from October. However, most people won't be contacted about PIP until after 2015.
The new benefit includes a two part claim form and, for most people, a face-to-face assessment.
Papworth Trust is working with the Government and with Atos and Capita, the two companies that are carrying out the assessments, to try and make sure that the process is as fair as possible for disabled people.
We are worried that some key issues with the PIP assessment process have still not been resolved, even though PIP is now being introduced across the country.
Papworth Trust is urging the Government to:
Papworth Trust will be monitoring people's experiences of the new benefit and the assessment process.
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Guide to the changes to disability benefits (from DLA to PIP)
Papworth Trust Information Centre - information, advice and guidance for disabled people and their families and carers
Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) statement on their concerns about PIP