Disability benefit changes

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) replaces the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for new claimants in Wales today.

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How the new disability benefit will affect you

Ministers have said the new benefit is designed to support disabled people to live independent lives, and includes a new face-to-face assessment and reviews.

Here is how the changes may affect you:

  • Personal Independence Payment will have a Daily Living component and a Mobility component
  • Each component will have two rates - standard and enhanced
  • There are three rates for the care component (low, middle and high) and two for the mobility component (low and high)
  • Claimants will be assessed on 12 activities such as preparing food, washing and dressing
  • They will receive a points score for each activity, depending on how well they can carry them out and the help they need to do so
  • The total score will determine whether a claimant is entitled to benefits
  • For example: The assessment will consider a claimant's physical ability to move around without severe breathlessness, pain or fatigue
  • Ministers have said the new benefit is designed to support disabled people to live independent lives, and includes a new face-to-face assessment and reviews

Disability benefit changes take effect in Wales

The UK Government says the new benefit is "designed to support disabled people to live independent lives." Credit: PA

A controversial new benefit replaces the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for new claimants in Wales today.

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was introduced in pilot parts of England in April - and is now being rolled out for the rest of England, Scotland and Wales.

The new assessment includes an individual's ability to carry out a broad range of activities such as washing, dressing, cooking and getting around.

Existing working-age DLA claimants will start to be re-assessed from October - and there are no current plans to replace DLA for children under 16 and people aged 65 and over who are already receiving it.

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