Last night I led a debate in Parliament on preparing for personal independence payments.
In April 2013, the Government will begin replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with personal independence payments (PIPs). With half a million people set to lose out, I called for the debate in order to make sure that things are done properly. I questioned the Disabled People Minister, Esther McVey, about the assessment process and the concerns that face-to-face assessments will disadvantage some applicants. I also asked her how long DLA claimants, who were not eligible for PIPs, would be given to find a new source of income. She avoided this question, which I am sure will disappoint many DLA claimants who are worrying about this happening to them.
If you have any concerns about PIPs, please do get in touch with me or my office.
You can see the video of the debate here: Westminster Hall Debate on \’Preparation for Personal Independence Payments\’
A full transcript of the debate is available here.