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 (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.
Liverpool will be hit 'disproportionally' hard by welfare reform, and charities fear disabled people will be most affected.
The Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people aged 16 to 64 from 8 April.