Seven-week PIP warning issued by DWP ahead of changes

DWP has unveiled a green paper aimed at exploring proposals to shake-up the PIP system - including the possibility of the end of cash payments.
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced a stringent seven-week response deadline ahead of significant changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) system. Changes to eligibility and assessments are predicted as the green paper consultation concludes at 11:59 pm on July 22, leaving less than fifty days for responses.

The green paper discusses potential alterations to the PIP framework, including the possible revision of eligibility criteria and an overhaul of the assessment process to adequately address the needs of disabled individuals and people with health conditions.

In addition, the consultation paper suggests that the PIP assessment should be more closely aligned with a person's specific condition. Disability charity Action for ME voiced their concerns regarding these proposals: "We understand that these proposals will cause a significant level of concern for people with disabilities and we are working to ensure that the voices of people with ME are heard and represented throughout the consultation process."

Further, they emphasised the extensive legislative journey yet to come: "It is also important to note that any proposed legislation will need to be brought before Parliament and cannot be enacted quickly, meaning any legislative changes would need to be taken up by whichever Government forms after the next general election, who may have separate ideas regarding any reforms to welfare.", reports Birmingham Live.

The proposed welfare changes include getting rid of cash payments in favour of a voucher or catalogue system and redefining the eligibility criteria and assessment process. The Centre for Social Justice's Chief Executive, Andy Cook, stated: "With the welfare system now grappling with the combined challenges of economic inactivity, school absence and mental health, this consultation provides a meaningful opportunity to shape the future of Britain's welfare state.

"We owe it to those most struggling to make sure the benefit system provides the best support to those who need it. And with costs skyrocketing, it is time to bring the welfare system into the post-lockdown age."