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Second Draft of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) asessment criteria

Following further development work on the Personal Independence Payment assessment criteria, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have revised the initial proposals and produced a second draft. They state this is significantly different to the first draft published in May 2011 and that they believe that it enables a fairer, more accurate assessment of an individual’s ability to participate. Most of the changes they have made they state are a direct result of the feedback they received on the first draft. The revised proposals also include their initial views on weightings for the descriptors. The second draft regulations and second version of draft assessment criteria can be downloaded below.

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is the government's replacement for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and is proposed to replace the DLA in April 2013.

Copies of the revised draft regulations and supporting explanatory note will be made available by the DWP in alternative formats. Please contact them at the postal or email address below if you require an alternative format.

Further refinement of the draft criteria

They view the development of the criteria as an iterative process. They state that this second draft may require some further refinement and also that there is likely to be strong interest in the proposed descriptor weightings.

They therefore intend to discuss this draft with disabled people and their organisations and to consult formally on the proposals once they have firmer views on the proposed weightings and likely entitlement thresholds for the rates and components of the benefit. In the meantime, they would welcome any comments people have on the changes they have made. Please send comments to either of the following addresses:

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PIP Assessment Development Team
Department for Work and Pensions
2nd floor, area B
Caxton House
Tothill Street
London SW1H 9NA

The final draft assessment regulations will not be laid until 2012, subject to Royal Assent of the Bill, and will be subject to Parliamentary scrutiny through the “affirmative procedure”, which means they must be approved by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords to become law.

An article with links on the initial draft assessment criteria can be found on our site at

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