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DLA consultation

The DWP are now consulting on changes to DLA (closes 14th February). It is essential that they include views from people with lived experience of distress including service users/survivors and carers.

The consultation is lengthy – there are 22 questions you can answer, and much of it is relevant to people experiencing distress.

We highlight that people who could be in hospital for more than 28 days may want to comment specifically on the removal of DLA mobility component.

Question 7 is  also important  – “How can we best ensure that the new assessment appropriately takes account of variable and fluctuating conditions?”

And also Question 9 which is about how to make the form itself easier to fill in.

Link to the DWP’s site for the consultation on benefits.
It includes an easy read version.

For this consultation they are actually producing a hard copy – but you have to pay £14.75 for it. Available from The Stationery Office which provides the following information about the changes:

Disability Living Allowance Reform
Cm. 7984
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
TSO (The Stationery Office)

‘Disability Living Allowance Reform (Cm. 7984)’ explains the Government’s committment to maintaining an extra-costs, non-means-tested disability benefit to support disabled people.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has become confusing and complex and the Government proposes to introduce a new benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP), in 2013/14 when it will begin reassessing the working age (16-64 year olds) caseload.

PIP will consider the impact an individual’s impairment or health condition has on their daily lives. Support will be prioritised for those who face the greatest day-to-day challenges.

PIP will have two components:

(i) ‘Mobility’ – based on ability to get around.

(ii) ‘Daily Living’ – based on ability to carry out other key activities necessary to participate in daily life.

The benefit will only be available to those with a long-term health condition or impairment: individuals will have to qualify for a period of six months, and will be expected to continue to qualify for a further six months before an award can be made.

There will be an objective assessment of individual need, with no automatic entitlement.

The assessment is being developed in collaboration with a group of independent specialists in health, social care and disability, including disabled people.

The Government is considering how best to take account of use of aids and adaptations, and how they are used and paid for. Awards will be reviewed periodically, but individuals will still be responsible for reporting any changes in circumstances.

The feature of DLA entitling the individual to other help and support will be retained.

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