The DWP are inviting responses to the third and final consultation on PIP by the 30th June, so once again we are asking NAWRA members to help in putting together our response. Thanks to those of you who contributed last time; we’re asking a bit earlier so we’re hoping for even more this time!
Whether by brief bullet points or polished paragraphs all views, comments and examples – be they in general terms or for specific groups of clients – can only add weight and credibility to our response. Please do not feel confined to the consultation questions asked by the DWP – they may as ever not be the right ones.
This consultation is mainly around the non-disability criteria for PIP and contains DWP proposals on matters such as payability (e.g. in hospital, residential care), qualifying periods, residence conditions, age (e.g. what happens coming up to 16 and after 65), the reassessment process for current DLA claimants and passporting effects (including the absence of disability elements in Universal Credit). Regulations will follow in the Autumn.
The proposals are available on the DWP website.
IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE CONSULTATION
We would also welcome any views on how else you would like NAWRA to respond to the PIP proposals, whether by facilitating the sharing of materials, resources and ideas as we raise awareness of the impending changes or challenging their inevitability by campaigning against them.
While we do not have the resources of big disability groups, but perhaps can bring our welfare rights perspective and expertise to groups such as the Disability Benefits Consortium. Together we might conclude that the case for change is perhaps more poorly made and the potential negative impacts on individuals, poverty and personal independence more clearcut than than many MPs have been led to believe.
As the important process of influencing the PIP proposals draws to a close, disability and advice organisations might step back and see if the resulting package is in any way acceptable? Or perhaps an alternative case needs to be advanced for a more modern flexible and cost effective benefit that is capable of delivering a personalised assessment of individual claimants and that does not rely on outdated failed medical models of disability and assessment?
HOW TO JOIN IN
We want then to draw on the strength and expertise of NAWRA members. All contributions gratefully received – by June 24th 2012, please – to firstname.lastname@example.org on both:
- concerns, comments and case studies around the proposals in the 3rd consultation
- and more generally – around the abolition of DLA for adults and what is to be done?