DWP PIP claimants issued 12-week warning as major changes announced

Payments for the DWP benefit PIP will be rising from this weekend
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has expressed his concerns about the current state of disability benefits -Credit:Getty Images

Anyone claiming Personal Independence Payments from the DWP has been issued a 12-week warning.

Major changes are expected to the payment, which is claimed by more than three million people across the UK. In a bid to reduce expenditure, a significant overhaul of the benefits system may result in some claimants receiving one-off grants or vouchers instead of cash.

The support is provided to individuals with conditions that necessitate assistance with daily tasks. However, under the proposed changes, some could see their money withdrawn. The Government also suggests that some PIP recipients might benefit more from enhanced access to treatment rather than receiving weekly cash payments. PIP can provide up to £184 per week to cover costs associated with certain conditions.


This announcement is the latest move in the Government's crackdown on the welfare system, following closely behind plans to make it more difficult for workers to take sick leave. A 12-week public consultation on the proposals will soon be launched, with members of the public being urged to voice their opinions.

The major changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) system could be implemented after the consultation wraps up at the end of July, though the actual application of these changes might take more time. The Government has indicated a potential shift from cash payments, stating: "We are also considering whether some people receiving PIP who have lower, or no extra costs, may have better outcomes from improved access to treatment and support than from a cash payment."

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has expressed his concerns about the current state of disability benefits, saying: "It's clear that our disability benefits system isn't working in the way it was intended, and we're determined to reform it to ensure it's sustainable for the future, so we can continue delivering support to those who genuinely need it most."

He further outlined the intentions behind the proposed reforms: "(The plan) marks the next chapter of our welfare reforms and is part of our plan to make the benefits system fairer to the taxpayer, better targeted to individual needs and harder to exploit by those who are trying to game the system."