Personal Independence Payment: Disability Aids

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th April 2016.

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Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's consultation on aids and appliances and the daily living component of personal independence payments, Cm 9171, if he will publish the impact assessment prepared for the five options in that consultation.

Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 1.7 of his Department's response to the consultation on aids and appliances and the daily living component of personal independence payments, published in March 2016, if he will publish the equality analysis referred to in that paragraph.

Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 4.10 of his Department's response to its consultation on aids and appliances and the daily living component of personal independence payment, published in March 2016, if he will publish the raw data referred to in that paragraph; and whether that data was subject to peer review.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

As confirmed by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State in his statement to the House on 21 March, the proposed changes to PIP will not be going ahead.

We spend around £50bn every year on benefits alone to support people with disabilities or health conditions, with spending on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) having increased by more than £3 billion since 2010. The government is committed to talking to disabled people, their representatives, healthcare professionals and employers to ensure the welfare system works better with the health and social care systems and provides help and support to those who need it most.

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