Personal independence payments (PIPs) will today replace Disability Living Allowances (DLA) as the new UK government reforms begin today. From April, thousands of claimants from North England have applied for PIPs. Working professionals can also apply for a PIP today, rather than a DLA. North Ireland is slated to join the system later as well.
However, a charity group, Scope, says that many people will miss out on their current benefits. This makes for a fifth of the claimants. At least 3.2 million people currently claiming for DLA will not be re-assessed until 2015. Disabled people also fear that they need to be put through an “in-person interview and test” to prove their eligibility.
The Department of Work and Pensions suggests that 450,000 people may not earn their benefits from DLA by 2018. Scope says that this can make for at least 607,000 people. Scope believes that the government substitutes PIPs to save more money on disabled people. DLA expenditures have risen to 32% in the previous decade.
However, the government states that PIPs are not about saving taxpayer moneys as they expect the expenditures to increase by £1.2 billion in 2015-2016. However, because of the 450,000 who would lose their benefits, there will be much savings in taxes.