A report published today by the Work and Pensions Select Committee concludes that the Government should learn the lessons of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), originally introduced in 2008. The Government should not introduce Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments nationally until it has satisfied itself, in the planned initial roll-out of the new assessment in a limited geographical area, that the assessment is empathetic and accurate.
Report: Government support towards the additional living costs of working-age disabled people
Inquiry: Proposal to replace DLA with Personal Independence Payment
Work and Pensions Committee
The Government's Welfare Reform Bill includes measures to introduce a new benefit in 2013: the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for working-age claimants, to help meet the additional living costs of disabled people. A new eligibility assessment process will also be brought in.