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What does the future hold for claimants?

Many people will have their doubts about the claim by the new work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, that there will be no more benefits cuts in this parliament.

And, as we have suggested elsewhere, there is no certainty that either Crabb or chancellor George Osborne will still have a post following the EU referendum.

But if they do manage to hang onto their jobs, what are the prospects of changes to the major sickness and disability benefits?

Attendance allowance
As we reported back in January, the government was planning to launch a consultation on abolishing attendance allowance for all new claims and giving the money saved to local authorities instead.

It seems highly likely that this plan will now be dropped.

Disability living allowance
It is exceedingly improbable that the transfer of claimants from DLA to PIP will be halted.

Even the dawning realisation that PIP may cost more than DLA is unlikely to make any change to that. It is now far too late to stop the PIP juggernaut.

Personal independence payment
The recent attempt to cut points for some aids and appliances for PIP was rushed through. If the DWP had done its usual job of softening up MPs and the public with briefings and press releases attacking their target claimants first, this could actually have been a relatively easy cut to sell.

All it required was a welter of publicity suggesting that some people with mild conditions just had to buy themselves a long-handled shoe horn, a raised toilet seat and a perching stool and they could claim £3,000 a year in benefits.

It would have been a lie, but it would almost certainly have worked.

Even now there is some wriggle room in the statement by Crabb. The DWP may well introduce changes to PIP regulations which they will say are not cuts but are simply intended to clarify the law and ensure that the original intention of parliament is followed.

The probability of more changes to PIP before the end of this parliament is high, we suspect.

Employment and support allowance
Will the cuts to the work-related activity group still go ahead?

The answer has to be that it is extremely likely that they will. They have already passed into law and IDS indicated in his interview with Andrew Marr that he remained in favour of them.

It would take an extraordinary amount of pressure to make the Tories reverse this cut.

Universal credit
IDS lost a court case on the day he resigned, which orders the DWP to publish documents which are likely to show that IDS misled parliament about what a mess universal credit (UC) was in from a very early stage.

IDS would almost have appealed this decision, Crabb may not.

There has long been speculation that the treasury, and George Osborne himself, see UC as an expensive shambles that they would like to axe. And that might well have been true until very recently.

However, when Osborne was forced to reverse his planned tax credit cuts earlier this year he managed to get away with leaving them in place for UC. This means that when claimants get moved from tax credits to UC the cuts will still hit them and the treasury will still save billions.

So, under the circumstances, it looks improbable that UC, however much of a mess, will get the chop.

Speculation
We’d be the first to admit that this is all just speculation. In a week when IDS resigned and the government was forced to cancel cuts to PIP, it’s clear that anything could happen.

But whatever does happen, we’ll do our best to keep you informed.

Comments  

#11 Barbara Dzuda 2016-04-04 18:54
I had my interview with Artos on the 11th of March. The lady was really nice but one still wonders. I then received a letter the other day from DWP saying that they were in receipt of my report from Artos about how my condition affects me, but that they were sorry they could not decide at present and they will contact me when they have made a decision. That is a waste of postage and stationery and all it is causing me is more strass. Has anyone ever received a second letter like mine?
Barbido
#10 Sharron 2016-03-30 23:01
Quoting Jianne1274:
Hi all new member here I am currently on dla life award ..just had the letter that says I have now to claim pip....and am quite frankly terrified and making myself ill...I am on enchaned rate for both components and have been for 26 years as a adult and before that I was on child dla....I technically should meet the criteria but you hear so many horror Stories that I doubt I will..so I joined this site to get advise support and maybe lend a ear to those in a similar situation
I'm terrified too like you it's horrendous what they are doing to us would they like it we don't ask for ill health. This site is very good read all information and it helps how to fill the forms in
+3 #9 Jianne1274 2016-03-29 23:25
Hi all new member here I am currently on dla life award ..just had the letter that says I have now to claim pip....and am quite frankly terrified and making myself ill...I am on enchaned rate for both components and have been for 26 years as a adult and before that I was on child dla....I technically should meet the criteria but you hear so many horror Stories that I doubt I will..so I joined this site to get advise support and maybe lend a ear to those in a similar situation
+1 #8 lesley 2016-03-26 12:57
Thank you Jim Allison. Was under the impression that the DWP/Govt. had not yet decided whether or not to extend PIP to those who were over 65 when it was introduced in 2013. I also understood that they are waiting to finish the roll outs, re-assessing all those of 'working age' before deciding. Sorry if I am not clear on my comment. Sorry too that some malicious interfering busybody put you through so much grief.
+1 #7 Chrissy 2016-03-25 09:21
Hi, Eli48 Thanks for correcting the 5-year maximum. Delighted that you have got a 10-year award. The reapplying for PIP if you are currently on DLA does still stand since the Tories have carefully said that existing cuts/changes to benefits will still stand or go ahead. ( for example, ESA WRAG group of £30 cut will still go ahead) The change from DLA to PIP has unfortunately already started to be rolled out, and so will carry on. I think the important thing for people worried about this is the advice on this website is excellent, follow their guides it improves your chances without a doubt it really helped me.
+1 #6 Eli48 2016-03-25 00:02
I was awarded PIP enhanced care and enhanced mobility but for 5 years (the maximum) There is no such thing as a life award anymore. Even for those with a deteriorating and uncurable condition such as mine,

Five years is not maximum. I was awarded ten years for PIP.
#5 Jim Allison 2016-03-24 23:38
Quoting lesley:
If there is speculation that devolution and abolishment of A.A. will be dropped, wonder if D.W.P. will press on with reassessing D.L.A claimants who were over 65 when P.I.P. introduced in April 2013. I am 69 this year and according to the P.I.P checker 'you are not affected'
The big "not yet".keeps looming in my mind. I try to live one day at a time, but with PTSD and chronic anxiety states, this philosophy is very difficult. At least with all the info on this site I will be well prepared. I cannot see them leaving any of us alone. With the pension age rising, they'll be digging up corpses next to send out to work.


No, waiting for my post of explanation to be moderated.
+1 #4 Jim Allison 2016-03-24 23:34
Quoting lesley:
If there is speculation that devolution and abolishment of A.A. will be dropped, wonder if D.W.P. will press on with reassessing D.L.A claimants who were over 65 when P.I.P. introduced in April 2013. I am 69 this year and according to the P.I.P checker 'you are not affected'
The big "not yet".keeps looming in my mind. I try to live one day at a time, but with PTSD and chronic anxiety states, this philosophy is very difficult. At least with all the info on this site I will be well prepared. I cannot see them leaving any of us alone. With the pension age rising, they'll be digging up corpses next to send out to work.


There no plans and never have been danger of over 65 year olds losing their DLA, unless their condition improve, or they were 'shopped' by neighbours, deserted wife's husband's etc. . I was reported by a neighbour who said I was observed carrying bags of sand & cement down a Promenade in Cumbria. Little chance of that as my flat was only built 10 years and rented to me in a private owner occupier complex by friends moving to a two bed bungalow, much to the annoyance of other but I was visited by " Customer Compliance Officer' who had travelled over 100 miles round trip to see me. Of course when she saw me in a wheelchair and a purpose built disabled unit, she told me not to worry.

Rumours that such visits would be treated as a change of circumstances proved to without basis when I made an FOI Act, and the results published here when I was a moderator. If an over 65 year old plus claimants condition improves , then they be asked to claim PIP.
So don't worry, 65 plus year olds will not be reviewed except under the above circumstances.

The new DWP minister has made this clear many times SEE this link;
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2016/mar/21/tory-turmoil-cameron-ids-osborne-back-after-ids-resignation-by-backing-compassionate-conservatism-politics-live
+2 #3 lesley 2016-03-23 22:36
If there is speculation that devolution and abolishment of A.A. will be dropped, wonder if D.W.P. will press on with reassessing D.L.A claimants who were over 65 when P.I.P. introduced in April 2013. I am 69 this year and according to the P.I.P checker 'you are not affected'
The big "not yet".keeps looming in my mind. I try to live one day at a time, but with PTSD and chronic anxiety states, this philosophy is very difficult. At least with all the info on this site I will be well prepared. I cannot see them leaving any of us alone. With the pension age rising, they'll be digging up corpses next to send out to work.
+2 #2 Chrissy 2016-03-23 13:47
Hello, Roger I was on DLA both top rate mobility and top rate care. with a lifetime award. You will still HAVE to be reassessed and moved to PIP. They are rolling it out area by area. I was reassessed September 2015. You will get a letter telling you that you have to apply for PIP and if you do not apply by the date you are given you lifetime DLA will end on the deadline they give you for applying for PIP. All I can say is good luck and use this website thoroughly to fill in your forms. I was awarded PIP enhanced care and enhanced mobility but for 5 years (the maximum) There is no such thing as a life award anymore. Even for those with a deteriorating and uncurable condition such as mine,
+2 #1 doverrog 2016-03-23 11:41
Where do those who have been granted DLA for life now stand?
Everything seems to refer to claims being made when a period of granting DLA comes to an end.
If the government has written to people and stated that their DLA is "For Life" then surely they should simply transfer over to the replacement PIP. Doesn't the issue of a "For :life" letter constitute a firm commitment which means any attempt to rename on that statement is challengeable in the courts?
Does the new government stance mean that "no further cuts" includes those who have been awarded "For Life"?

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