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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

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