Non-medical criteria for DLA Assessments

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

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I notice in the above report that troops who are injured are to be given lifetime guaranteed disability benefits and would like to ask:

1 Does this mean that Disability needs are no longer to be exclusively decided by a 'fair and rigorous' assessment process?

2 Why is it guaranteed only for military personnel and not, for example, police officers, firemen or others?

3 Is this not evidence that disability needs are now subject to political and ideological tests that are not part of the Welfare Reform Act?

Yours faithfully,

L S McKnight

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Dear L S McKnight,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 18 May 2012. You
stated:

I notice in the above report that troops who are injured are to be
given lifetime guaranteed disability benefits and would like to
ask:

1 Does this mean that Disability needs are no longer to be
exclusively decided by a 'fair and rigorous' assessment process?

2 Why is it guaranteed only for military personnel and not, for
example, police officers, firemen or others?

3 Is this not evidence that disability needs are now subject to
political and ideological tests that are not part of the Welfare
Reform Act?

Firstly, as I am sure you will appreciate newspaper reports are just
that and do not constitute a statement of Government policy. It may
therefore be helpful if I set out the latest position on how the
Government plans to assess individuals for eligibility for Personal
Independence Payment.

The detailed design of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is still
being considered and finalised. The Department for Work and Pensions has
consulted disabled people and their representative organisations at all
stages of the development of Personal Independence Payment and is
continuing to do so.

Entitlement to the benefit will be based on an assessment of
individuals' need. The work to develop the assessment criteria is
ongoing and they have not yet been finalised. The consultation on the
2nd draft of the criteria closed on 30 April. We received around 1,000
responses and we are now evaluating whether further improvements need to
be made.

On 26 March 2012 we launched a separate consultation on the detailed
design of Personal Independence Payment, which is open until 30 June and
available at
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2012....

We will publish our responses to both these consultations later this
year and will also finalise draft regulations. No final decisions on the
assessment criteria have been made.

As part of our ongoing work, we are examining how injured service
personnel will be supported in the light of the reforms to Disability
Living Allowance (DLA). The current consultation on the detailed design
referenced the ongoing work in paragraph 5.4 where it stated:
"In developing and designing Personal Independence Payment, the
Department has taken account of the Military Covenant agreement that
recognises the unique and important role played by the UK Armed Forces
and ensures that they continue to receive fair treatment, are valued and
respected as individuals. We are working with the Ministry of Defence to
explore how we ensure that those injured as a result of service are able
to access the right support and are able to live full, active and
independent lives. As part of this, we will consider how veterans who
are injured during active service should be assessed."

This work is ongoing and no decisions have been taken.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

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L S McKnight left an annotation ()

Have passed this information on to various people and organisations including the Black triangle Campaign to ensure the situation is monitored.

JGC left an annotation ()

So, Injured military personnel will be treated differently than civillians ..."they continue to receive fair treatment, are valued and
respected as individuals." meaning that civillians dont get treated that way!!!

I also wonder if the couragous injured servicemen that underetake various arduous acts of endurance to raise funds for other injured service colleagues will NOT be BARRED from receiving PIP as they can mobilise more than 50 yards ???