PIP: Britons called to 'shape future' of benefit schemes – how to have your say

Justin Tomlinson discusses the Health and Disability Green Paper

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As part of the Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Green Paper into welfare for those with disabilities, the Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson MP is urging Britons to engage with the discussion around changes to the benefits system.

Mr Tomlinson addressed questions and explained the importance of the Health & Disability Green Paper while appearing on BCB, a community radio station based in Bradford.

When asked on air who can contribute to the paper’s survey, the Member of Parliament for North Swindon emphasised it was accessible to everyone in the country.

“It is for people who have an interest in this area,” the Minister replied.

“We would expect either people who have gone through disability benefits or looking around disability employment, or have supported someone, or have a particular experience in that area.

“It’s online, it’s on the gov.uk website. They’ve got until October 11. Some people may only want to contribute one or two lines in a very specific part they have a particular interest in, or they’ll want to fill all of it in.

“Any contributions that they make will be very, very helpful to help us shape the future delivery of disability benefits and supporting people into work.”

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PIP: Brits called to ‘shape future’ of benefits (Image: GETTY)

According to the Government’s website, the Green Paper sets out to explore “how the welfare system can better meet the needs of disabled people” today and going forward.

“This Green Paper considers the options for addressing short- and medium-term issues in health and disability benefits,” it states.

“It will also start a discussion about the opportunities for wider change to deliver on the objectives of the health and disability benefits system.

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“This Green Paper will also consider whether the money we spend on supporting disabled people and people with health conditions is spent well.

“This is because we want to ensure that the health and disability benefit system is effective and sustainable in the future.

“This consultation is an important step towards making changes that will improve our services, increase opportunities for employment and help more people to live independently.

“Our approach must be informed by different views and opinions, particularly those of disabled people and people with health conditions.”

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PIP: The consultation lasts until October 2021 (Image: GETTY)

For anyone interested in filling out the survey, they will be able to find it on the DWP’s website.

The consultation is set to close on October 11, 2021, at which point all contributions will be reviewed by the Government.

PIP replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and assists extra costs if you have a long term physical or mental health condition or disability.

Any amount received by the DWP depends on how a person’s condition affects them, not the particular condition itself.

Potential claimants will have to be assessed by a health professional to work out the level of support they will be eligible for.

The rate of PIP received will be reviewed on a regular basis to make sure the support is accurate and sufficient.

It is made up of two components, which includes a daily living part and a mobility part. PIP is tax free and will not be affected by someone’s income or savings.

Usually paid every four weeks, the daily living part of PIP is either £60.00 or £89.60 depending on the support needed.

In comparison, the weekly rate for the mobility part of the disability benefit is either £23.70 or £62.55.

Those who are diagnosed as terminally ill will be eligible for the higher daily living part if you’re not expected to live more than six months.

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