Government's response to the consultation on DLA reform and Personal Independence Payment - completing the detailed design

Document type
Discussion paper
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department for Work and Pensions.
Date of publication
1 December 2012
Disabled people, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This document sets out the Government’s response to the consultation on the detailed rules that will underpin Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and summarises the responses received. In total the consultation received more than 1,600 responses, including nearly 1,500 from individuals. As a result of the advice received from disabled people and their representative organisations, a number of important changes to the detailed benefit rules have been made. The key changes include: the Department for Work and Pensions will contact young people at age 16 (or their appointee) to tell them what they need to do to claim PIP; within PIP a temporary absence abroad of 13 weeks will be permitted, or up to 26 weeks if the absence is specifically for medical treatment; and, the reassessment arrangements which allow for a period of four weeks in which to claim PIP will be maintained, after which Disability Living Allowance will be suspended, however, a discretionary provision to extend this period in exceptional circumstances will be included.

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