There’s now little room for doubt that PIP will be introduced next year. The only real question is whether anything can be done to make it less unfair than it is at present.
To that end the DWP has got some resources that we hope you will make use of.
The DWP have produced a PIP self test http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/per...t=26+jan+20102 that allows you to score yourself for the daily living and mobility components of PIP with a few clicks of your mouse. It will do the maths for you, tell you what components you assess yourself as qualifying for and even email you a copy of your results if you want it to.
The DWP also published a PIP points system http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/per...t=26+jan+20102, how many you need to score to get awards of PIP and definitions of some of the main terms that are used in the PIP test.
Finally, once you've assessed your PIP scores, we’ve put a DLA to PIP transfer survey online http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/53P9CT5 that allows you to compare your current DLA award with the award you assess yourself as qualifying for under PIP. It also lets you say whether you think PIP is an improvement over DLA and what difference you think PIP will make to your life.
The survey is completely anonymous, but the results and comments are being published online as they arrive.
Hundreds of people have already completed the survey and there are some very clear trends emerging, especially in relation to how many people are expecting to lose their higher rate mobility – and how few people think PIP is an improvement over DLA.
You can read the results here http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/per...survey-results. We would warn you, however, not to read the comments at the end of the survey about how PIP will change people’s lives if you are feeling at all low or vulnerable – some are quite distressing.