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The activities we are proposing to assess are:
Planning and buying food and drink;
Preparing food and drink;
Managing medication and monitoring health conditions;
Managing prescribed therapies other than medication;
Washing, bathing & grooming;
Managing toilet needs or incontinence;
Dressing and undressing;
Communicating with others;
Planning and following a journey, and
These activities have been chosen to provide a more holistic assessment of the impact of disability that the current DLA criteria, considering the impact of a more comprehensive range of impairment types. For example, the introduction of communication is a significant departure from DLA and one which will ensure we better take into account the effect of impairments of hearing, speech and language comprehension.
We are currently carrying out an informal consultation and have already met with over 60 disability organisations to discuss the criteria, how they will work and how they might be improved. We are also testing the assessment, to enable us to better understand its likely impact, by carrying out around 900 sample assessments over the summer. Our aim is to provide a further draft of the assessment criteria and regulations in the autumn, building on the testing and the feedback from disability organisations.