The Coalition Government’s Welfare Reform Act is a complex and far-reaching piece of legislation with a large number of provisions affecting virtually all current social security benefits; few people fully understand all the implications of the various changes and how they will interact with one another. As the Spartacus Report, Responsible Reform, specifically concerned the proposal to reform Disability Living Allowance (DLA) by replacing it with Personal Independence Payment (PIP), the Spartacus campaign has focused particularly on this aspect of the Bill, fighting to ensure that the criteria and assessment for PIP are as good as they can be.#
All Department for Work and Pensions consultations are available at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/ It’s worth checking there regularly to make sure you’re aware of any consultations relevant to your situation.
Disability Rights UK has produced some very useful guides to welfare reform and the Welfare Reform Bill:
A regularly updated timeline of forthcoming changes to benefits and social care provision at http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/forthcomingchanges.htm
A factsheet on the proposed Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/f60.htm
All relevant Government information on Personal Independence Payment, including consultations, is available at www.dwp.gov.uk/pip
(See also Pip Response for our documents on the PIP consultation on assessment)