DWP PIP Vouchers: Eligibility criteria and how to claim them

There are plans to overhaul the PIP system in the future
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Cash payments could soon be swapped for vouchers as part of plans to overhaul the current benefits system by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The new proposal could see those on Personal Independence Payments (PIP) see significant changes to the way they receive financial support from the Government. A new Green Paper sets out the proposed changes the DWP says it believes are needed to the welfare support system for 2.6 million working age adult claimants in England and Wales.

The plans include making changes to eligibility criteria for PIP, redesigning the assessment process so that it is more linked to a person's condition and finding alternatives to regular monthly payments. Proposed alternatives in the "Modernising support for independent living: the health and disability Green Paper" outline a move away from a fixed monthly cash transfer system, which includes vouchers, a receipts system, one-off grants and making purchases for products or services through a catalogue scheme.

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Who will be eligible for these vouchers?

It is thought that the right to apply for PIP would not change under the voucher system. The current guidelines, at a glance, state you can get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) if all of the following apply to you:

  • you’re 16 or over

  • you have a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability

  • you have difficulty doing certain everyday tasks or getting around

  • you expect the difficulties to last for at least 12 months from when they started

Can I claim PIP vouchers yet?

At the time of this article being written (May 29), there is no option to apply for DWP PIP vouchers because the voucher system isn’t currently in use. PIP continues to be distributed through usual cash payments.

PIP was introduced in 2013 to provide non-means tested cash payments to disabled people and those with health conditions to help them live independent lives. PIP was designed to be a contribution to extra costs arising from their disability and be a more sustainable, dynamic benefit that would also pay greater attention to mental health than its predecessor, Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The idea of PIP vouchers was proposed by the DWP in a 2017 Green Paper but never implemented. This was due to concerns from disability rights groups.

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