The Government have announced that they will not be proceeding with proposed changes to Personal Independence Payment (PIP). These changes would have reduced the points available for reliance on an aid or appliance for managing continence and dressing and undressing from 2 to 1 and were expected to save £4.4bn over the course of the Parliament. This would have meant that many disabled people would have no longer qualified for the standard or enhanced rate of the Daily Living component of PIP. The Government estimated 640,000 people would have been impacted.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, the new Secretary of State, Stephen Crabb, also confirmed that there were ‘no further plans’ for spending cuts to welfare beyond those legislated for by the Welfare Reform and Work Bill.
He invited disabled people and their representatives to have a ‘new conversation’ with him about support for disabled people.
Laura Wetherly, Co-Chair of the DBC said:
‘‘We are very pleased the Government has chosen not to proceed with damaging changes to Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This will be reassuring news for the thousands of disabled people who will hopefully now continue to receive the vital support they need to live independently and participate in society.
“The DBC hopes the Secretary of State, Stephen Crabb’s ‘new conversation’ will mean engagement with our members and disabled people as a priority. We urge the Government to use this as an opportunity to ensure all their policies work for disabled people and carers to provide them with the support they need.
“It is welcome that the Government currently has no plans to make further savings from welfare. We hope this commitment will be honoured and that access to support for disabled people will be protected.”