The North West's Welfare Revolution

The biggest shake-up of the welfare system since its birth is starting in Oldham, Tameside, Warrington and Wigan.

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Concern over delays to "PIP" benefit payments

Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger. Credit: PA

Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger says people across the North West have been waiting for up to 12 months for benefit payments they're entitled to.

Personal Independent Payment (PIP) replaced DLA last year and have been criticised by MPs and charities for because of the delays.

Ms Berger, the Shadow Minister for Public Health, is raising it Parliament today, saying there is particular problem in Merseyside.

Speaking ahead of the debate at the House of Commons, the MP said: "The government claimed that ‘PIP’ payments would offer people with long-term ill-health or a disability support with extra costs so that they can still live a full and independent life.

"Instead, people have faced costly delays, sometimes for months on end, without the help they need."

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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.

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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?

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