Disability Benefit Changes Come Into Effect In Northern England First

The part of England which will first adopt the changes to disability benefits isNorth England.

The previous time Disability Living Allowance (DLA) was introduced was in 1992 but now it has to be changed with Personal Independence Payments (PIP), which is intended to deliver funds to the people who are in greatest need.

According to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith the reforms that were now happening were “quite reasonable”, claiming: “Seventy per cent of people on it have lifetime awards which means no one sees you ever again. It doesn’t matter if you get better or your condition worsens – it’s quite ridiculous.”

However, the scheme has many critics claiming that the only thing the government is interested in is saving money and not the needs of people.

Richard Hawkes, the charity’s chief executive, said that the reforms would not help disabled people as their everyday life and needs are too expensive.

On the other hand, the Minister for Disabled People, said that these changes were necessary to happen as the old allowance which was made 20 years ago was not up-to- date.

“The Personal Independence Payment will include a new face-to-face assessment and regular reviews – something missing in the current system. This will ensure the billions we spend give more targeted support to those who need it most.”

Now north England is about to discuss the assessments mentioned which will roll out to the rest of the country in June.

The current DLA claimants will be moved over to the PIP system over the next two years.

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