As we announced last week, we have been selected as one of the regional partners by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to deliver assessments for those claiming the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit, which replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in April 2013.
We are currently speaking to a number of Disability Rights Groups to understand their views on how we as a provider can make our part in the process work effectively. We are also asking their advice on which communication channels we should use when PIP is underway to make sure that those people seeking PIP support are fully informed. We recognise that there is a wide range of disabilities that PIP will support and we are keen to speak to a cross representation of groups so that everyone’s view is considered.
We are interested in building strong relationships with a small group of organisations who can coordinate views and work closely with us. If your organisation has not yet been contacted by us and would like to be part of this process, please let us know by using the Contact Us form on our website. You will be contacted by a member of the PIP team over the next few days.
Atos Healthcare: our role in Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments
Atos Healthcare forms PIP consultation group with UK disability organisations
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that we’ve been selected as one of the regional partners to deliver assessments for those claiming the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit, which replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in April 2013. We are very aware that the changes to the welfare system are unsettling and, whilst there is little new information we can share at the moment, we do know people will have lots of questions about the PIP process and we hope to answer these questions as soon as we can.
What is PIP and what’s our role?
PIP is an in and out of work, non-means tested, tax-free payment for disabled people of working age (16 to 64 years old), designed to provide fairer financial support to help people live independent lives. Entitlement to PIP isn’t based on a person’s disability, but the help they may need because of their condition or disability and the impact it has on their ability to live independently. It means people’s needs will be better assessed, particularly those with disabilities that aren’t physical. They can spend the money as they choose and their entitlement will be reassessed over time to reflect an individual’s changing needs.
We will be responsible for managing the face-to-face assessments for claimants in Scotland, North East and North West England and Southern England. Having listened to feedback from disability rights groups and those who experience our services first hand, we’ve made it a priority to provide a localised approach. Assessments will be undertaken by health professionals who are already known within their communities, with the aim of making the assessment process less daunting for those involved.
We’ll post more information about our role on the Atos Healthcare website in due course. In the meantime, you can find out more about PIP, including what happens if you’re currently getting Disability Living Allowance, by visiting Directgov or the DWP website.
Atos Healthcare: requests engagement with disability rights groups on Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
What is a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment?