Personal Independence Payment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the removal or reduction of personal independence payment on claimants’ mental health.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Holding answer received on 15 October 2018

Under Personal Independence Payment (PIP) a higher proportion of people with a mental health condition receive the top rates than under Disability Living Allowance (DLA): 65 per cent get the enhanced Daily Living rate compared to 22 per cent under DLA; and 33 per cent get the enhanced mobility award compared to 10 per cent under DLA.

Regular reviews of PIP, which can be paid at one of eight rates, are a key feature of the benefit and ensure that not only do awards remain correct where needs may change, including where needs become greater, but that we also maintain contact with the claimant.

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