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Disability Living Allowance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Siân James Siân James Labour, Swansea East

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reliability of the assessment procedures to be used in his proposed reform of disability living allowance.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The purpose of the assessment we are developing for personal independence payment is to assess entitlement for the benefit in a way that is objective, evidence-based, transparent and, importantly, consistent. We are still in the process of developing the details of the assessment and in May published an initial draft of proposals for the assessment criteria. We are currently carrying out an informal consultation on the criteria, to hear the views of disabled people and their organisations on how they will work and how they might be improved. We are also testing them, by carrying out around 1,000 sample assessments over the summer. The testing will help us to better understand the likely impact of the criteria. We intend to publish a second draft of the assessment criteria in the autumn, following consideration of the consultation findings and testing results.

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