View Full Version : Disability Living Allowance replaced by PIP scheme

Soul Adventurer
10th June 2013, 11:24 AM
"Major changes to disability benefits for new claimants are being introduced in some parts of the UK ahead of a national roll-out of the new measures. It is the start of the replacement of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) by Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the current "ridiculous" system where people were given benefit with no further checks must end. But charity Scope says the changes have been designed just to save money.
That charge has been denied by the government, which says spending will not be reduced, but more help will be given to those who need it most.

There are currently 3.3m people claiming DLA, compared to 1.1m when it was introduced in 1992. PIPs will be introduced gradually for new claimants, starting in Merseyside, Cumbria, Cheshire and North East England. Scope says 600,000 people will eventually lose their financial support."

I listened to a phone in about this development on 5 live yesterday. There were people in tears on the line, MS sufferers who have had their benefits taken away and then had to go through the stress of appealing. It's draconian. Talk about crimes against humanity.

BBC News - Disability Living Allowance replaced by PIP scheme (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22058059)

rhondda rudie
10th June 2013, 12:16 PM
I seem to remember the trial for this scheme being a debacle.They brought in a private firm to assess people and the company was paid on the basis of the number of people they got off benefits.Talk about an incentive.This scheme has also already led to suicides.

The benefits costs 13 billion per year.That could be easily covered by making the likes of Google and Vodaphone pay their proper share of tax.

10th June 2013, 12:28 PM
also a lot of disabilities aren't always easy to spot or identify, a lot can depend on the individuals daily circumstances.... To an outsider or even friend or family they may well appear totally fine, and seem able to complete basic tasks even something like shopping or housework/gardening...., they may be able to achieve this via medication which may have the opposite effect and cause side affects. that same person less than an hour or so later won't be able to move....one day they may be able to do some things most of us take for granted, the next they could be so crippled with pain they can barely leave their bed that day

10th June 2013, 07:05 PM
Disability assessments are made by a company called ATOS. They have lots of centre's scattered around the country. 40% of the DON'T HAVE WHEELCHAIR ACCESS !!!!!!!

11th June 2013, 02:49 PM
have a read of this,

Disagree With An Atos Decision? Then Starve Says DWP | the void (http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/disagree-with-an-atos-decision-then-starve-say-dwp/)

hope the link works...