The National Audit Office has published its early progress report in to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit. They found that the DWP has had to delay the roll-out of PIP, and the Department has increased the risk that the programme will not deliver value for money in the longer term.
In response Richard Hawkes chief executive of disability charity Scope said:
“It’s unacceptable that disabled people are facing long and uncertain delays for an essential financial life-line.
“At every turn disabled people have to pay more than other consumers. Basic things such as traveling to work or cleaning the house cost more if you are disabled.
“Disability Living Allowance (DLA) was brought in to help people meet those extra costs.
“DLA needed reform, but disabled people are concerned by the fact that they are predicting how many people will lose support before they have tested everyone.
“Under current plans 600,000 disabled people will lose this financial life-line.
“If we don’t want disabled people to be left behind we should be looking at ways to protect PIP and make sure it helps meet those extra costs.”