Bexley disability benefit claimants face system changes

PUBLISHED: 15:59 18 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:59 18 June 2013

Changes to the welfare system were introduced last week, with Disability Living Allowance replaced by a system that will assess applicants based on the ability to carry out everyday tasks.

Claimants in Bexley will now receive benefits through the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which will judge a person’s need based on evidence from healthcare and other professionals.

Most new applicants will be asked to a consultation with an independent assessor, delivered in Bexley by Atos.

Cllr Chris Taylor, cabinet member for adult services, said: “Changes to any familiar system can be daunting. Although the new PIP is administered by the Department of Work and Pensions, we know that many of our residents will be affected and may want additional information.

“We can reassure our residents that the PIP will continue to provide a non-means-tested disability benefit to support disabled people. The changes will only affect new claimants to begin with.”

There are no plans to replace Disability Living Allowance for under-16s and over-65s already receiving disability benefits. For more information, visit


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