Five PIP conditions at risk as DWP plans crackdown after green paper

Five Personal Independence Payment (PIP) conditions providing millions of people with up to £184 each week ahead of a planned crackdown have been revealed. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will clampdown on disability benefits, it has threatened.

The DWP has established a green paper consultation, exploring the end of cash PIP payments and the introduction of a voucher or a catalogue scheme. The government department is also mulling over changing the PIP eligibility and assessment criteria.

More than 540 health conditions are being supported by PIP and there are five main conditions the DWP pays out for. In top spot was psychiatric disorder with 1,318,073 claimants (37%). This includes mixed anxiety, stress, depressive and mood disorders, OCD and cognitive disorders.

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In second was musculoskeletal disease (general) with 691,660 claimants (20%). This includes muscle or joint pain and arthritic conditions. Third was neurological disease with 434,867 claimants (13%). This includes muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, headache, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy and other movement disorders.

Fourth was Musculoskeletal disease (regional) with 410,511 claimants (12%). This includes neck, back, shoulders, elbow, wrists, hands, hip, knee and ankle pain. Respiratory disease was fifth with 139,059 claimants (4%). This includes asthma, diseases of the upper respiratory tract, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis.

In the Green Paper, the DWP says it "will consider whether we should make fundamental changes to the way we provide support to disabled people and people with health conditions." It adds: "We want to hear how the welfare system could be redesigned to better direct financial support to people with the highest costs, or to improve provision of other forms of support such as access to healthcare."

If you would like to respond by post, please mark your correspondence ‘Modernising Support: The Health and Disability Green Paper’ and send to: Disability and Health Support Directorate Department for Work and Pensions Level 2 Caxton House Tothill Street London SW1H 9NA.