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 Ministers say the Disability Living Allowance is outdated but campaigners say 600,000 people will lose out financially.

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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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