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Disabled People: Personal Independence Payments

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Thomas of Winchester Baroness Thomas of Winchester Chair, Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that members of the House of Lords can view and comment on the third version of the assessment criteria for personal independence payments before the final draft of the instrument is laid before the House for approval, and if so, how.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The department's consultation on the assessment criteria closed on 30 April. We are now analysing the over 1,000 responses received, considering the changes we may wish to make to the assessment criteria to take account of those responses and to ensure the criteria allow effective assessment of the needs of disabled people. We intend to publish a response to the consultation and a final draft of the assessment criteria later this year, with regulations laid before Parliament thereafter.

An exact timetable has yet to be agreed but we are not intending to have a formal period of pre-legislative scrutiny on the assessment regulations, which have already been subject to extensive consultation and co-production with disabled people and disability organisations. The regulations will be made available to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments for its scrutiny and will be laid under an affirmative resolution, providing both Houses with the opportunity to debate and approve them before they can be made.

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