Benefit changes concerns

We're in the middle of big changes to the benefits' system and on Monday a trial will begin, phasing out the Disability Living Allowance and replacing it with a Personal Independence Payment.

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What is Personal Independence Payment?

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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.

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