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PIP to be made harder to claim – 640,000 claimants will lose out

The DWP announced yesterday that changes to the rules for claiming personal independence payment (PIP) are expected to leave 640,000 disabled people with no award or a smaller award by 2020/21. The new rules will be introduced in January 2017.

Consultation ignored
The DWP launched a consultation in January 2015 to look at changing the rules relating to the way that aids and appliances are taken into account when assessing a claimant for PIP.

The official view was that many people who qualified for an award of the daily living component based on the use of aids and appliances alone did not have much in the way of additional costs because of their disability and therefore should not receive an award.

The response to the consultation was overwhelmingly opposed to any changes. Of 281 written responses received, just 11 thought that any alterations should be made to the PIP criteria.

As is now traditional with DWP consultations, these views were entirely discounted when a decision was made. Instead, the DWP did what it had been intending to do from the outset.

DWP research
Research by the DWP found that the majority of people who score all their daily living points for aids and appliances receive points for activities one, four, five and six: preparing food, washing and bathing, managing toilet needs or incontinence, dressing and undressing.

In a statement released to accompany their decision, the DWP claim that:

“Currently a claimant could receive £55 a week by using an aid or appliance in as little as 4 activities, for example:

“preparing food: lightweight kitchen equipment typically found in a home anyway or low cost one-off purchases (2 points)

“washing and bathing: long-handled sponge with low or minimal costs (2 points)

“managing toilet needs or incontinence: raised toilet seat provided by the NHS (2 points)

“dressing and undressing: chair for sitting on typically found in a home anyway (2 points)”

Points cut
In order to slash the number of claims based on using aids and appliances, a change to the scores is therefore being introduced.

From January 2017 the number of points that can be scored for using aids and appliances for activities five and six – managing toilet needs and incontinence, dressing and undressing – will be halved from two to one for each activity.

The result will be that a claimant who currently scores 8 points for the four activities listed above, based on using aids and appliances, will only score 6 points. This will not be enough to get an award of the daily living component.

The changes will also mean that some claimants who would qualify for the enhanced rate of the daily living component will only qualify for the standard rate instead.

The DWP say that the new rules

“. . . will apply to new claims, claimants who report a change of circumstances and DLA claimants who are reassessed for PIP from 1 January 2017. The change will affect existing PIP claimants who do not report a change of circumstances from the later of 1 January 2017 or the date the Department reviews their current award.”

The future looks bleak
For many thousands of current PIP claimants, this means that their current award of the daily living component is the only one they are ever likely to qualify for.

For many thousands more current DLA claimants, it means their chances of getting an award of PIP when they are forced off DLA have now been drastically reduced.

These cuts in PIP eligibility, combined with cuts of £30 a week for new claimants in the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance, due to be introduced in April 2017, mean that the future is looking increasingly bleak for sick and disabled claimants.

You can download the full consultation response from this page.

Comments  

#37 Gazza 2016-10-21 22:07
I've just done my reassement for pip for my medical condtion I showed them all eveidence my condtion is getting worst and proof from my speacist from guys hospital London that it can't be cured and also MRI reports stating I've got 6 tumours on my spine so have difficulty walking was first assesed in 2014 when was warded standard rate on both parts but this time I'm worst yet was refused the mobility part of assessment said I'm fit to plan and execute a route let alone a bladder problem I have as well as back pain in walking with the tumours oh yeah and my forgetting things due to the brain tumour I've got but I'm in there eyes lying about all of this as my money been lowered don't know wot more I can do two letters from specialist in London MRI reports for a lady who isn't even a nurse to tell me I'm ok to look for work when I struggle to get out of bed in the mornings and need help
+1 #36 tintack 2016-03-18 13:55
Quoting Bill:
It seems unbelievable but I heard on the radio early this morning that we may even be saved by the Tories themselves !!

A correspondent on R4 said that Osborne may be facing a Tory revolt similar to that over Tax Credits and that number 10 had said ''we are still consulting''.

Well, thanks to B&W we all know that they are not still consulting at all, so I hope this shows they are concerned about resistance within their own ranks and even at this late stage it may get overturned.

It must be bad when even some Tories start to think that the sick and disabled have been beaten enough. Strewth !!!!


While it's good that the PIP cuts have been prominently covered in the media, I wonder why so little has been said about the recent £30 ESA WRAG cut. That will be just as bad as the PIP cuts, yet it received far less attention in the media. It would certainly be interesting to see how many Tory MPs criticising the PIP cut voted for the ESA WRAG cut. It's hard to see how they can criticise one while voting for the other.
+2 #35 Bill 2016-03-18 07:22
It seems unbelievable but I heard on the radio early this morning that we may even be saved by the Tories themselves !!

A correspondent on R4 said that Osborne may be facing a Tory revolt similar to that over Tax Credits and that number 10 had said ''we are still consulting''.

Well, thanks to B&W we all know that they are not still consulting at all, so I hope this shows they are concerned about resistance within their own ranks and even at this late stage it may get overturned.

It must be bad when even some Tories start to think that the sick and disabled have been beaten enough. Strewth !!!!
+4 #34 BRASSYLADY 2016-03-17 20:28
I read the guides and I carry out a 'self assessment' to see if I would qualify and think, yep 2 points for that 2 points definitely fir this and everything on the form says I 'should' have well over the required points for higher rate mobility and care under PIP as I do now with DLA, but then I read all the sad, sad stories of people even worse off than me being refused PIP and I am filled with fear and dread. My DLA helps keep the roof over our heads and without it we will lose our home for sure. I cant get a council house, I am renting in the private sector, lost my home of 13 yrs when I fell ill and my husband had two heart attacks, I lost my business which took years to build up and was successful. I didnt choose not to work, I just could not. After finding a home of sorts, I am filled with despair at the thought of losing it all over again. If I dont make PIP I still wont be able to work, if I lose my car, Im miles from a bus stop or shop out in the country. I just as well die, in fact I probably will!
+2 #33 jen 2016-03-17 14:33
Quoting shell:
just watched an interview this morning on the t.v and wish some one would come and ask me my thoughts on what was going on


That's the big underlying problem - the Tories have the media completely stitched up. The BBC used to be reasonably balanced in their coverage - not any more, totally biased towards the Tories as are most of the newspapers hence REAL voices are suppressed and Channel 5 toss off endless "benefits porn" drivel bashing the "scrounger" message even deeper into people's minds. Josef Goebbels couldn't had done a better job. Gideon Osborne boasted in yesterdays budget that "Inequality is down" - Nonsense. Utter twaddle - the sick and disabled are getting bashed with ever more inequality by the day.

vision said below something very truthful that is downright frightening. Thatcher was awful and is hated forevermore by millions for the decimation and destruction she caused, however compared to this lot we have now, she almost comes across as being human and that's saying something. The 1980's were an utter nightmare... horrible, remember it too well. Devastating and downright cruel we're now being made to suffer it all over again on an even worse level.
+4 #32 shell 2016-03-17 09:54
the charities have a lot to answer for will not put it to any one of them and I do tell the collector why after all it,s the govs mates that run them so they will never do anything about what is going on at this moment in time will find it hard to believe even if the UN will be able to move this gov where disabled people re concerned just watched an interview this morning on the t.v and wish some one would come and ask me my thoughts on what was going on, as this would not be happening if david cams son was still alive we are all paying for the loss of this child but in stead the one,s that are interviewed must be given a script to read from as just sit there and never give up much of a fight, as the way things are going it will not be long before we are made to wear stripe pj,s with a yellow wheel chair on the front so come one gang if some one asks you what you think just let rip I do its great
+4 #31 terry 2016-03-16 19:10
God help us all.All of us are keeping our fingers crossed,that some of us,make it to the other side.
+8 #30 vision 2016-03-16 16:36
People thought Thatcher was bad enough, she was, but this evil lot are 10 times worse.
They will stop at nothing unless they get stopped.
Everyone seems powerless to do anything about all these relentless attacks and persecution, we need some authority or other country to step step in and take control and get this evil regime out now.
We are going down a very dangerous road of no return, just like Germany 1940's.
+8 #29 Plonker 2016-03-16 16:03
It certainly looks bleak. The Government is looking at how many of us qualify for the benefits we are entitled to.

Then they just change the legislation to make it impossible to qualify. All they want is to be able to spout about how all the chancers have been weeded out.

Millionaires dealing with everyday people and their disabilities.
+6 #28 jen 2016-03-16 12:46
Quote:
I really am getting feed up with all the disability charities saying how unfair these cuts are going to be, start to do something about it get together and take this goverment on like you mean it, start to stand up and support us before it really is to late
I agree but sadly think they've been rendered almost powerless. Don't forget how Cameron had them all silenced during the last election campaign banning them from making any statements because it was important to get rid of as many dissenting (ie : honest) voices as possible.

Problem is, as we've been witnessing is that this government have rigged and messed up the system so they now effectively have complete power and control of the BBC and the media. The House of Lords opposes them? Simple - it gets overturned anyway so if the Lords can't prevent injustifiable policies, then what chances do charities have? I'm not saying they shouldn't try but as we've seen with various legal cases, the Government always win and the media deliberately smother such stories so very little chance for the charities to gain extra public support and publicity to highlight the nastiness that is being inflicted. :sad:
+9 #27 angela 2016-03-15 08:46
I really am getting feed up with all the disability charities saying how unfair these cuts are going to be, start to do something about it get together and take this goverment on like you mean it, start to stand up and support us before it really is to late
+8 #26 jen 2016-03-14 17:32
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I really dont know how camerons wife can look at him haveing had a disabled child herself she must know that all this is wrong how is it a case of knowing what side your bread is buttered
And to rub it in, I believe David Cameron was claiming DLA for that disabled kid as well in spite of having many millions in the bank... and I bet he didn't have to jump through any of the hoops like the rest of us have to.
+14 #25 Michelle 2016-03-14 17:08
I am genuinely scared, not only for my own future, but for the futures of every poor soul who has been at the receiving end of this vicious attack on the most vulnerable people in society.

WHY does it appear that these brutes are above the law?

WHY can nothing be done to STOP them?

Every single one of those Tory M.P.'s has BLOOD on their hands..

How is it we can find money for 'War' yet we can't keep our veterans from having to sleep rough?

The reality is, is that things are going to get a whole lot worse.

Welcome to the HELL that is Britain
+4 #24 tintack 2016-03-14 14:58
Quoting marnie:
If they want to cut how about means testing pensioners perks


Pensioners vote, and they tend to vote Tory in much larger numbers than other parts of the population. The Tories' willingness to take "tough decisions" doesn't extend to decisions that hurt their own voters. That would be a bit too tough.

Quote:
but what have sick and disabled people done?.
We have failed to vote Tory, and are therefore considered expendable.
+9 #23 angela 2016-03-14 13:07
I really dont know how camerons wife can look at him haveing had a disabled child herself she must know that all this is wrong how is it a case of knowing what side your bread is buttered
+11 #22 marnie 2016-03-14 11:55
The whole system is rotten. Many sick and disabled people have worked hard and paid tax and NI- where is there security and dignity which the pensioners get? There is no difference in my opinion .If they want to cut how about means testing pensioners perks or only giving free prescriptions,b us passes and the winter fuel allowance to over 65s? They may have worked for their pension but what have sick and disabled people done? As it is not even a report from your own doctor is good enough,we are threatened with the face to face interrogation where an "assessor" tries to trip us up, ask trick questions and is out to save this lousy govt money.
Well it'll all go through like the ESA WRAG did. There may be a few half hearted petitions and a couple of charities will do a bit of hand wringing but it comes down to this. NOBODY GIVES A DAMN. And they will continue to get away with it.
+5 #21 enfyswen 2016-03-14 10:59
Some of your stories are heartbreaking. Please take care of yourselves.
+9 #20 Katie1964 2016-03-13 23:08
How does using aids and appliances mean you need less money?I use a walking stick but cannot travel on the buses as I cannot walk to and from bus stops.I need money for taxis or am stuck at home.
I need money for Tena;s and I get through loads of them.I need money to pay for help at home with personal care and chores.So how do they work out it costs less money if I use a shower chair to shower!It is ridiculous and downright cruel!
+7 #19 Peter 2016-03-13 22:08
alas they determine their results on AIDs in the home should they also not look at the difficulty of being tied to the home unable to leave because outside the home, these aids do not exist, we cannot go swimming (I wish I could) without using aids toilet needs are more difficult outside ones home not all are up to high standards and none have self cleaning facility fitted.
alas one has to be disabled to understand the barriers that life throws at us I did NOT choose to get polio but I worked hard up to three years ago when polio came back as Post-polio which has just been recognised will they supply the suicide pills when I become too ill to care anymore? alas no escape that way
+10 #18 tintack 2016-03-13 21:31
Quoting Michelle :
Keep moving the goal posts so that barely anyone qualifies for any bloody benefit, and all the while rubbing their greedy hands together and smirking at a 'job well done'


Don't forget the bit where they tell the public that they're doing it in order "to focus support on those who really need it", thus implying that there are scrounging malingerers getting help they don't deserve from "hardworking people".

Of course, even those who are still grudgingly acknowledged as needing help can only rest easy until the next time the Tories need to fund a tax giveaway to their mates, when it will turn out that those they admitted still needed help actually didn't need it at all.

Quote:
It is beyond me what they expect people to live on?
I don't think they do expect people to live on such paltry and ever diminishing amounts of money. That's the point - they'll happily keep cutting in a way which they know will mean more and more people go under, but as devout cowards and pathological liars they'll make sure they cover their backsides by dressing it all up in the language of "help" and "support".

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