Press release

PIP assessment guidance to be further strengthened in law

How someone carries out a range of activities will be considered when their eligibility for the PIP is assessed.

How someone carries out a range of activities will be considered when their eligibility for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is assessed, under law, Esther McVey, Minister for Disabled People, confirmed today.

The proposed addition to the regulations now means that legally individuals will be assessed on what they can do safely, reliably, repeatedly and in a reasonable time period.

Following a consultation on the regulations, it was suggested some of the criteria claimants needed to meet was unclear and didn’t take into account fluctuating conditions. These amendments seek to address this.

Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey said:

Our intention has always been the same - we want to target support at those who need it most. We have always said that we will not just look at whether individuals can carry out activities but also the manner in which they do so.

I know that disabled people and their representatives feel strongly that this important concept is set out in law and I am happy to do this.

The addition to the regulations formalises the current wording included in draft PIP guidance.

A draft amending regulation has been published today. A final Regulation will be laid once the PIP regulations currently being considered by Parliament are made but before they come into force in April.

Note to Editors:

The draft amending Regulation is published on the DWP website: www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/disability/personal-independence-payment/the-assessment-criteria/

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