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Work and Pensions Committee takes evidence on Personal Independence Payment

12 December 2011

The Work and Pensions Committee is inquiring into the Government's proposal to introduce Personal Independence Payment (PIP) from 2013, replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for all working age claimants by 2015/16.

Witness

At 4.30 pm in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

  • Maria Miller MP, Minister for Disabled People, Department for Work and Pensions

Background

PIP will be similar to DLA in that it will be a non-means tested, non-contributory tax-free cash benefit paid to people whose disabilities mean they incur extra costs in everyday life; however, the Government aims to simplify the benefit and reduce expenditure by introducing a new face-to-face assessment for PIP and by changing some of the current rules. The changes include: systematic periodic review of most PIP awards; ending automatic entitlement for specific conditions; replacing DLA's three rates in the care component with two rates in the new daily living component; and extending the Qualifying Period from 3 months to 6 months.

This is the third, and final, evidence session in the inquiry. The committee will question the Minister about the Government's objectives for reform and its assessment of the likely impacts. It will also consider the latest draft of the PIP assessment criteria and plans for the implementation and delivery of the new assessment. The Government's communication strategy and media coverage of the reforms will also be discussed.

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