Disability Living Allowance will end for everyone of working age even if they have an indefinite period award. By working age the Government means everyone who is aged 16 to 64 on the day that Personal Independence Payment is introduced.
The new system is based on an assessment of individual need. It will focus on an individual’s ability to carry out a range of key activities necessary to everyday life.
Information will be gathered from the individual, as well as healthcare and other professionals who work with and support them. Most people will also be asked to a face to face consultation with a trained independent assessor as part of the claim process.
The Government has confirmed that there are no current plans to replace Disability Living Allowance for children under 16 and people aged 65 and over who are already receiving the allowance.
The new system being introduced, Personal Independence Payment, is based on an assessment of individual need. The new assessment will focus on an individual’s ability to carry out a range of key activities necessary to everyday life.
Personal Independence Payment is designed to help disabled people live more independently and support those with the greatest need. The new benefit is to help people meet the extra costs that come from having a long-term health condition or disability.