Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a primary condition of sight loss or visual impairment who were in receipt of disability living allowance have been asked to make a new claim for personal independence payment in each year since 2013.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Data on the medical conditions of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants who are invited to apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

However, data on claimants who have a visual disease recorded as their primary disabling condition on either DLA or PIP and who were previously in receipt of DLA is available on Stat Xplore for those who have had a PIP assessment.

The selection of a DLA reassessment to PIP is done on a random basis within specific postcodes and has no relation to the condition of the individual.

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