The Department of Work and Pensions has admitted that most people currently in receipt of Disability Living Allowance will not be reassessed for new Personal Independence Payments until 2015. The rollout of the scheme to transfer existing claimants to PIPs was due to begin on 28th October 2013, however, only claimants in Wales, the East Midlands, West Midlands and East Anglia will be reassessed for the time being.
Claimants will start to be re-assessed from 28 October, but only if there is a change in circumstance, if an existing award ends or if someone reaches age 16.
As reported in the Guardian, The delayed rollout has been criticised by Labour’s Rachel Reeves, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, who said:
“First the work programme, then the universal credit, and now the introduction of the personal independence payment – each failing to go to plan,” she said. “The delivery problems we are seeing at the Department for Work and Pensions now risk descending into farce. But for thousands of disabled people who are already extremely anxious about the changes, this is no joke. Not only is David Cameron’s government out of touch but it’s increasingly incompetent.”