Changes to DLA

The government will start to replace DLA for people aged 16 to 64 from 2013. A new benefit is being introduced in its place called Personal independence Payment.

New claims for PP will begin to be made in Southwark from June 2013. From October 2013 anyone who’s DLA comes up for review or children receiving DLA reaching 16 years of age will be tested for PP rather than DLA.

The government expects to have invited all other claimants to apply for PP by 2017 so you may not be affected by this change for a few years.

There  are difference in how you qualify for these benefits. DLA was assessed mostly by taking physical disabilities into consideration and awards were indefinite. The new system will assess individuals differently.

To find out more you can visit the government website at

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