The Government has recently launched a consultation looking at how some types of aids and appliances are taken into consideration as part of the assessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
PIP, alongside Disability Living Allowance, is a payment that provides working-age disabled people with support to meet the extra costs of disability. Our research shows that these costs amount to an average of £550 a month.
The Extra Costs Commission was a year-long independent inquiry into driving down extra costs, which can arise in a number of ways – as well as disability equipment, disabled people may have to spend more on things such as energy to keep warm, taxis to get around, and even certain types of insurance.
The consultation outlines five options for reforming how aids and appliances to carry out day-to-day activities are assessed for the Daily Living Component of PIP. If the Government decides to make changes, these options could affect the way in which new and existing claimants receive PIP, as well as the amount of money received.
We want to hear from you
Scope will be responding to this consultation, which is running until 29 January 2016, 5pm.
We are very keen to include the experiences of disabled people who purchase aids and appliances to carry out day-to-day activities as part of our response. You can contact us in the following ways:
Telephone: 020 7619 7375
You can submit a response to the consultation in the following ways:
PIP Policy Team
Department for Work and Pensions