Disability benefit changes

Major changes to disability benefits begin to come into force in the North West today. Ministers say the Disability Living Allowance is outdated but campaigners say 600,000 people will lose out financially.

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The Personal Independence Payment scheme

  • The personal independence payment scheme is being introduced for people with a health condition or disability aged 16 to 64.
  • From today, it will be introduced for new claims in Merseyside, North West England, Cumbria, Cheshire and North East England. It will be rolled out nationally from June.
  • Currently, there are no current plans to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children under 16 and people aged 65 and over who are already receiving it.
  • Some people may require an assessment to work out the level of help needed.
  • Most people currently getting DLA will not by affected by the change until 2015, according to the government.

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Read: Welfare reforms: What is changing in April and how will it affect you?

Disability Living Allowance replacement introduced

A new benefit which replaces the Disability Living Allowance for people with a health condition or disability aged 16 to 64 is introduced in the North West today.

The personal independence payment will be phased in across the North West

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) scheme will first be introduced for new claims in Merseyside, North West England, Cumbria, Cheshire and north-east England.

It will be rolled out nationally for all new claims from June 2013.