The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that it will hold a further consultation on the mobility part of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The PIP is being rolled out to replace the Disability Living Allowance, and is available for those with long-term illnesses or a disability.
Those receiving the PIP are required to have an assessment first, to determine how much they receive. It is the criteria used during this assessment, such as the controversial 20-metre walking distance criteria, that the new consultation will be looking at.
The new consultation is to be launched later this month, and will offer an opportunity for disabled people and lobbying groups to give further feedback on the assessments. According to the DWP, claims for the PIP will continue to be processed using the current benefits rules until the consultation has been resolved.
An independent review is also to be carried out next year on the impact of the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment.