DPAC has been passed an unedited transcript from Work and Pensions Committee in which Maria Miller appears to admit that the changeover from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is set for cuts of £160 million from disabled people. It’s claimed that the department must raise the cash cuts lost in the U-turn on removal of mobility allowance for those in residential institutions. In the full transcript participants also seem to be talking as though DLA to PIP is already passed in law which it isn’t.
Q194 Sheila Gilmore: Some of my colleagues may want to ask whether or not it is just a question of people filling in the form. There is quite a lot of dispute as to whether it is fair to say that is all that goes on here. As to the financial position, a lot of people were very pleased to see the removal of mobility allowance from people in residential homes, which is something people have campaigned on from the time it was proposed. That also had a savings implication because a reduction of some £160 million was in the financial estimates. Is your Department still expecting to find additional savings from the migration from DLA to PIP that now will not be found from removing mobility allowance from people in residential care?
Maria Miller: As you would expect me to say, the Department has very clear commitments to the Treasury in terms of the spending it is able to undertake in the spending review period. The answer to that question is, very firmly, that we will have to find the funding that was associated with the mobility component for people living in residential care, but we will not find it from within the Disability Living Allowance.
Q195 Sheila Gilmore: From within PIP?
Maria Miller: Yes.
DPAC are running a campaign on DLA as already people are losing this in increasing numbers see
See full unedited transcript of meeting of Work and Pensions Committee at link below
Proposal to replace disability living allowance with personal independence payment – uncorrected evidence
Organisation: House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee
Source: House of Commons – Uncorrected Commons Committee Evidence
The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee has published an uncorrected transcript from its evidence session on December 12 2011 on the proposal to replace disability living allowance with personal independence payment.
- Maria Miller MP, minister for disabled people, Department for Work and Pensions
- Dr James Bolton, deputy chief medical adviser, Department for Work and Pensions
- Simon Dawson, deputy director of independent living and Office for Disability Issues, Department for Work and Pensions
18 December 2011