The DWP have published an impact statement in relation to the introduction of PIP, which is set to replace DLA for working age claimants starting from next year.
According to the statement, the total number of people expected to get any award of the care component (called the daily living component under PIP) will fall from 2 million to 1,250,000 by 2016.
The total number of people expected to get any award of the mobility component will fall from 1,940,00 to 1,310,000.
But it is the number of combined awards that will drop most dramatically. The number of people expected to get both a care and a mobility award will fall by almost half, from 1,760,000 to 890,000.
In total, the number of awards is expected to fall from 2.2 million to 1.7 million.
The DWP do not believe, however, that anyone will suffer as a result of the significant cut in income which many sick and disabled people will suffer, arguing on page 10 of the document that they may even become healthier:
“. . . evidence is limited as to whether a change in income has an effect on health . . . It is possible that the policy could have positive impacts on health if it leads to more disabled people moving into work.”
You can download the impact statement from the DWP website and you can read more and comment in the Benefits and Work members only area.
Meanwhile, Iain Duncan Smith told the Telegraph that DLA has grown by 30 per cent in the past few years because it is ‘very loosely defined’ and ‘lots of people weren’t actually seen’. As a result, he argued:
“Something like 70 per cent had lifetime awards, (which) meant that once they got it you never looked at them again. They were just allowed to fester.”
The combination of implying that a large proportion of DLA claims are fraudulent, plus accusing people with permanent impairments of festering, brings us to a new low in the state’s attacks on the sick and disabled. Following on from Duncan Smith’s recent attack on Remploy workers, you could almost begin to believe that he has developed an irrational hatred for the majority of disability benefits claimants for which he should probably seek help.