The Government's response to the consultation on the Personal Independence Payment assessment criteria and regulations

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 contains the Government's response to the consultation on the second draft of the assessment criteria for Personal Independence Payment. As a result of the comments received from disabled people and disability organisations, the Government has made a number of changes to the assessment criteria. The changes include: broadening the approach to aids and appliances to include aids that are not specially designed for use by disabled people; including supervision under Taking nutrition to take account of individuals whose health conditions or impairments put them at an increased risk of choking; changing the Bathing and grooming activity to Washing and Bathing to make it clearer and easier to understand and assess; dividing the Communicating activity into two – Communicating verbally and Reading and understanding signs, symbols and words; and making reference to specialist orientation aids such as long canes in the Planning and following a journey activity.

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