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1 Personal Independence Payment
Glasgow 25th October 2012

2 Overview – what’s new? Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will replace Disability Living Allowance for people aged on 8 April 2013 PIP will help towards the extra costs arising from ill health or disability. It is based on how a claimant’s condition affects them – not the condition It will include an assessment of individual needs carried out by trained health professionals. Most people will be asked to attend a face-to-face consultation. To make a new claim, individuals must have needed help for at least 3 months and be likely to need it for at least another 9 months Most awards will be for a fixed period and will be reviewed to ensure that claimants continue to receive the right support Claims will be started over the phone, and eventually be available online too What’s rule on QP and PP for DLA? – 3 and 6 months.

3 What’s staying the same?
Decisions on eligibility will still be made by DWP decision-makers Children will be able to claim DLA until they are 16 - they’ll need to decide whether to claim PIP when they reach 16 People aged 65 and older on 8 April 2013 – remain on DLA where eligible PIP is non means-tested, non-taxable, payable both in and out of work Special rules will remain to support claimants who are terminally ill PIP will act as a passport to other benefits or services PIP will retain key elements of DLA that people value including being a non-means-tested, non-taxable cash benefit, payable in and out of work

4 Structure of PIP and deciding eligibility
PIP will be made up of two components – one to help with daily living needs, and one for mobility Each component can be paid at standard rate, or enhanced rate for those with the greatest needs The PIP assessment criteria will consider the individuals’ ability to carry out a range of everyday activities. Individuals will receive a point score for each activity, depending on how well they can carry them out and the help they need to do so. The total scores will determine whether a component is payable, and if so, whether at the standard or enhanced rate DWP decision-makers to decide entitlement, including the level and length of award – using information in the claim form, from the health professional and other evidence Enhanced Standard Daily Living Mobility Not Entitled We want to bring it back spending onto a sustainable footing so we can continue to provide support in the future and focus resources on those with the greatest need. But this inevitably means that the overall caseload must fall. At this stage we cannot say how many current benefit recipients will lose or gain as this will depend in part on where the benefit rates are set. No decisions have been taken on these yet. However, by the end of the expected period of reassessment, we estimate that the PIP caseload will be 1.7 million, compared to a forecast DLA caseload of 2.2 million Those who leave are most likely to be people with conditions that have a low impact on their day-to-day lives and who have a high level of participation in society without needing expensive aids and appliances or a lot of help from others. They will come from across the full range of disabilities.

5 PIP assessment The PIP assessment will involve health professionals who consider the evidence provided by the claimant, along with any further medical evidence they think is needed Assesses disabled people as individuals – focuses on the impact their condition has on their daily lives and over a range of different activities Most people will be asked to a face-to-face consultation with a health professional as part of the claim process – claimants can take somebody with them to the consultation Home visits will be available when necessary Face-to-face consultations may not be necessary for everyone – for example, those who are terminally ill will not have to have them The assessment provider will help to inform DWP decisions – Atos Healthcare in Scotland, working in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire/Salus NHS Lanarkshire, through Salus, will be responsible for the delivery of face to face consultations in assessment centres across Scotland and are working with a number of other NHS organisations across Scotland to achieve this. Atos Healthcare will deliver the home consultation element of the services directly. PIP Assessment and Criteria There will be a new PIP assessment with new assessment criteria. The current assessment criteria are not the final version. We are currently considering all of the comments received through the consultation and will evaluate what changes need to be made to the assessment criteria, before publishing a final draft of them later this year. Most people will have a face-to-face consultation with a health professional – so that they are given the opportunity to explain in their own words how their disability affects them - rather than having to self-assess themselves though a complicated claim form There will be no automatic entitlement – except for claimants with a terminal illness (ie those people expected to die in the next 6 months). Entitlement will be based on the degree to which individuals are able to participate in society, not on their health condition or impairment. Awards will be for a fixed period and all awards periodically reviewed There will be two new components: Daily Living and Mobility. There will be a move from three Care component rates to two Daily Living component rates. And a requirement for a reconsideration of the decision to be undertaken before a claimant can make an appeal. PIP will retain key elements of DLA that people value including being a non-means-tested, non-taxable cash benefit, payable in and out of work

6 Developing the assessment
Working with a group of independent relevant specialists Focus is on assessing ability to participate in society by looking at ability to carry out a series of key everyday activities Targets support on those disabled people whose impairments have the greatest impact on their lives Published initial draft of assessment criteria on 9 May 2011 Second draft published on 14 November 2011 Published entitlement thresholds on 16 January 2012 and consulted on 2nd draft criteria until 30 April 2012

7 Assessment consultation
DWP has been consulting on the assessment criteria Currently considering responses to latest feedback – for example, received lots of comments on how: The assessment takes into account having difficulties reading – including the impact of dual sensory loss Visually impaired people who need orientation aids such as long canes to follow journeys should be treated in the same way as people who need support dogs We assess physical ability to get around, including the use of aids and appliances, such as prostheses DWP are currently looking closely at these and all the other comments received during the consultation and whether changes need to be made to the assessment criteria. No decisions have been finalised.

8 The assessment criteria – current draft
Daily living component activities Preparing food and drink Taking nutrition Managing prescribed therapies and monitoring health conditions Bathing and grooming Mobility component activities Planning and following a journey Moving around Managing toilet needs or incontinence Dressing and undressing Communicating Engaging socially Making financial decisions However, will be publishing a final draft and regulations in the autumn Expect to make some changes

9 Developing the detailed benefit rules
Consulted on the detailed design 26 March – 30 June 2012, this included proposals concerning – Eligibility – such as residence and presence tests Payability – including the treatment of hospital in-patients and residents of care homes Reassessing DLA claimants – proposals relating to who will be asked to claim PIP and what they will need to do Provided more information on the passporting arrangements – relating to DWP benefits and non-DWP schemes

10 Passporting arrangements
Government commitment to maintain passport arrangements wherever possible For most benefits and schemes this means the rate and component will be broadly equivalent March consultation confirmed key DWP passports DfT consulting on blue badge and HMRC on trusts for vulnerable people. Care component of DLA Daily Living component of PIP Mobility component of PIP Mobility component of DLA Highest Enhanced Higher Enhanced Carer’s Allowance Gateway to CA: middle and highest rate care component of DLA => Standard and enhanced rate of the daily living component of PIP Income-related benefits Single disability premium for UC – adult and children. Disability premiums on existing working age benefits – any component/rate of Personal Independence Payment will provide entitlement to the disability premium; the standard or enhanced rate of the daily living component will provide entitlement to the severe disability premium enhanced rate of the daily living component will provide entitlement to the enhanced disability premium. Pension Credit remain additional amount for severe disability: currently DLA middle or highest rate care component provides a passport to this additional amount. => standard or enhanced daily living component of Personal Independence Payment. Likewise CLG’s draft regulations on Draft Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Default Scheme) and Prescribed requiremets Regulations carry over the same passporting arrangements for PIP as for DLA. Middle Standard Lower Standard Lowest

11 Detailed design consultation
Responses positive on the thrust of the proposed rules on eligibility and payability of the benefit – including habitual residence and past presence tests. Concerns that proposed 4 week time-limit on temporary absence abroad was too short. Concern that the proposed 12-month time-limit on re-claiming the benefit (without re-serving the 3 month qualifying period before claiming again) was too short, and would penalise claimants with fluctuating conditions. We are carefully considering responses – propose to publish a single response to the assessment criteria and detailed design consultations by end of 2012 Working with a range of customer representative groups to agree, test and review elements of our design, processes and products Testing materials directly with claimants, their representatives and our staff We will be writing to all existing DLA claimants from February 2013 to raise awareness Supporting those organisations that existing and potential claimants go to for advice – providing them with information they need Local DWP Partner Managers engaging with support organisations in Scotland – carrying out presentations on PIP and the wider Welfare Reforms, to help these organisations prepare to properly advise claimants for PIP DWP Partner Managers have links with a number of user-led organisations in Scotland – including Scottish Autism Dunfermline; Momentum Skills; Glasgow Carers; Disability Information Service in Perthshire; North Lanarkshire Information & Advice Forum

12 Implementation – our approach
Working with a range of customer representative groups to agree, test and review elements of our design, processes and products Testing materials directly with claimants, their representatives and our staff We will be writing to all existing DLA claimants from February 2013 to raise awareness Supporting those organisations that existing and potential claimants go to for advice – providing them with information they need Local DWP Partner Managers engaging with support organisations in Scotland – carrying out presentations on PIP and the wider Welfare Reforms, to help these organisations prepare to properly advise claimants for PIP DWP Partner Managers have links with a number of user-led organisations in Scotland – including Scottish Autism Dunfermline; Momentum Skills; Glasgow Carers; Disability Information Service in Perthshire; North Lanarkshire Information & Advice Forum

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