Half a million disabled people would lose out on benefits through the government’s reform to disability living allowance. Proposals to replace DLA for people with working-age with a new personal independence payment (PIP) would result in 500,000 fewer people receiving the benefit by 2015-16.
The government’s plans threatened the ability of many disabled people to live independently, warned David Congdon, head of campaigns and policy at Mencap. He added: “Disabled people, many of whom already live on the brink of poverty, should not be forced to cover the significant additional costs of their disability on their own.”
Like DLA, PIP would be split into two components: a daily living part, equivalent to the care component of DLA, and reflecting people’s needs for assistance in supporting themselves; and a mobility component to support people to get around.
There would be two rates for each component- a standard and enhanced rate – in contrast to DLA, which has three care rates (lower, middle and higher).Under the proposed assessment, disabled people would be assessed on their ability to carry out nine daily living activities, including preparing food and drink, bathing and grooming, communicating and engaging socially, and two mobility activities: moving around and planning and following a journey.
Source: Community Care
16th January 2012