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Mobility payments cease for 40% of DLA claimants when reassessed for PIP

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Nearly 40% of people who transfer from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to the new form of disability benefits have their mobility payments stopped altogether, according to Parliamentary figures.

A further 13% of people claiming DLA have mobility payments reduced when they are reassessed for Personal Independence Payments (PIP), prior to appeals or reviews of the assessment.

A total of 1.1 million disabled people moved from DLA with a mobility component to PIP and over half (52%) had the mobility payments completely cut or reduced.

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That’s according to Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson, who was responding to a question in the House of Commons last week.

He revealed that around 144,000 people had their mobility award reduced and 430,000 had it stopped in the UK when transferring to PIP.

Around 400,000 (37%) of disabled people received the same amount of mobility payments and nearly 130,000 (12%) had theirs increased.       

The new PIP system has come under fire in the last couple of years for what many people say are unfair assessments, leaving a lot of disabled people without money to use to purchase mobility aids.

Campaigners are calling for the system to be scrapped by the Department for Work and Pensions insists that the benefits scheme is being improved.

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