Urgent call for PIP claimants to respond as DWP sets deadline for major system overhaul

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) is conducting a strict seven-week consultation process on significant changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) system, affecting eligibility and assessments. With less than 50 days left until the deadline of 11.59pm on July 22, the pressure is mounting.

Addressing potential modifications to the PIP framework, this green paper focuses on the possibilities of changing the PIP eligibility criteria and updating the assessment process to better align with the needs of those with disabilities or health conditions.

In addition, there's discussion about redesigning the PIP assessment to closely match an individual's specific impairments or conditions. Charity Action for ME expressed their concerns: "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."

They further underlined the procedure moving forward: "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 Centre for Social Justice has put forward a proposal to overhaul the welfare system, suggesting the elimination of cash payments in favour of vouchers or a catalogue system and a revamp of the eligibility and assessment criteria. Andy Cook, the Chief Executive of the think tank, commented on the urgency of the situation as reported by Birmingham Live: "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."

He further emphasised the need for timely reforms, saying, "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."