The government has today launched a consultation into how the use of aids and appliances is accounted for during assessments for personal independence payment.
GMWRAG currently has “no words” to describe how we feel about this. However, we are hoping for lots of words from GMWRAG members and if anyone would like to assist in putting together a GMWRAG response to this consultation please Contact GMWRAG asap.
Launching the consultation, DWP Minister Justin Tomlinson, already known for his clouded judgement, said –
‘… concerns have been raised that the assessment criteria might not be working as planned. The criteria for aids and appliances has expanded to, in some cases, include items we would expect people to have in their homes already, have only a one-off cost associated with them, or are already available free of charge on the National Health Service. With 35 per cent of claimants for daily living allowance doing so solely on the basis of their use of aids and appliances, we think it is important to consult widely on this issue to ensure we’re getting it right …’
As a result, the consultation document outlines 5 broad options for making changes –
- a lump sum payment for claimants who meet or exceed the eligibility point threshold for the daily living component but score all of their points from aids and appliances.
- a monthly payment below the equivalent weekly rate for claimants who meet or exceed the eligibility point threshold for the daily living component, at either rate, but score all of their points from aids and appliances.
- a new condition of entitlement that claimants must score some points from a descriptor that does not relate to aids and appliances.
- to change the definition of aids and appliances in relation to the relevant daily living activities to exclude items that are a poor indicator of additional cost and need.
- halving the number of points awarded from 2 to 1 for the use of aids and appliances in relation to some or all daily living activities.
The deadline for responding to the consultation is the 29th of January 2016.
For more information you can find the DWP press release at Public consultation launched on personal independence payments.
The consultation document Personal independence payment: aids and appliances descriptors is also available.Follow @GMWRAGtweets