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PostSubject: Personal Independence Payment: assessment thresholds and consultation Pt(1)    Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:38 am

Personal Independence
Payment: assessment
thresholds and
consultation Pt(1)

This document provides more information on the second draft of the PIP
assessment criteria – particularly on entitlement thresholds, impact
modelling and case studies – and includes the consultation on the criteria.
January 2012 Personal Independence Payment: assessment thresholds and consultation
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Contents

1. ................................................................................................ 3 Executive summary
2. Introduction............................................................................................................. 4
3. The proposed entitlement thresholds ..................................................................... 5
Case studies ........................................................................................................... 6
4. The impact of the second draft criteria ................................................................... 7
Our approach .......................................................................................................... 7
Methodology for analysis ........................................................................................ 8
The analysis............................................................................................................ 9
5. Consultation and next steps ................................................................................. 12
Consultation questions.......................................................................................... 12
Further PIP consultation activity............................................................................ 15
Annex A: Case studies ............................................................................................. 16
Annex B – About this consultation ............................................................................ 31
Purpose of the consultation................................................................................... 31
Who the consultation is aimed at .......................................................................... 31
Scope of the consultation...................................................................................... 31
Duration of the consultation .................................................................................. 31
How to respond to this consultation ...................................................................... 31
Other ways of getting involved .............................................................................. 32
Queries on this document ..................................................................................... 32
How we consult..................................................................................................... 33Personal Independence Payment: assessment thresholds and consultation
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1. Executive summary
1.1 This document provides details of the proposed entitlement thresholds within
the Personal Independence Payment assessment and contains our consultation
questions on the second draft of the assessment criteria.
1.2 On 14 November 2011, the Department published a second draft of the
proposed assessment criteria for Personal Independence Payment, in the form
of revised draft regulations and an explanatory note. This draft was developed in
light of testing and feedback received on the initial proposals. The second draft
also included initial thoughts on possible relative weightings for the descriptors.
1.3 Following publication, we sought initial reactions from disabled people and their
organisations on the second draft criteria and the proposed descriptor
weightings. While the feedback we have received has been helpful, many
people told us that they could offer only limited comments in advance of seeing
the proposed entitlement thresholds. Given this limited feedback, we have not
made any changes to the descriptor weightings at this point.
1.4 Following further consideration, we are now able to propose entitlement
thresholds for the rates and components of the benefit, as follows:
Daily Living component
Standard rate: 8 points
Enhanced rate: 12 points
(from activities 1-9)
Mobility component
Standard rate: 8 points
Enhanced rate: 12 points
(from activities 10-11)
1.5 To help illustrate how the assessment criteria will work and how the weightings
and thresholds will determine entitlement, we have produced fifteen indicative
case studies.
1.6 Using the entitlement thresholds, we have now been able to model the likely
impact of the second draft assessment criteria on the projected Disability Living
Allowance caseload in 2015/16. This analysis was carried out using the detailed
information gathered from around 900 volunteers when we tested our proposals
during summer 2011.
1.7 The modelling suggests that the second draft would produce a 2015/16
caseload of 1.7 million people receiving Personal Independence Payment.
Without introducing the new benefit we would expect the number of 16-64 year
olds claiming Disability Living Allowance in 2015/16 to be 2.2 million.
1.8 We would like to take this opportunity to seek further views from disabled people
and their organisations, to ensure that we get the assessment criteria right. We
are therefore launching a formal consultation which will run for 15 weeks, from
16 January 2012 to 30 April 2012. Final draft regulations will be laid before
Parliament later this year.Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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2. Introduction

2.1 In May 2011, we published initial proposals for the assessment criteria for
Personal Independence Payment. Following an informal consultation we made
significant revisions to the criteria, reflecting many of the comments we received
from disabled people and their organisations, and published a second draft on
14 November 2011. Having tested both the initial and revised proposals, we
were able to determine that the second draft of the criteria identified individuals’
levels of need both more accurately and more consistently than the first.
2.2 The second draft of the criteria includes proposed descriptor weightings,
reflecting our initial views on how the criteria might work to prioritise relative
need. They were developed following consideration of the comments received
on the first draft, discussion with our Assessment Development Group and
qualitative and quantitative analysis of the reliability and validity findings from
testing the initial proposals.
2.3 As we have said previously, we view the development of the draft criteria as an
iterative process. Before we reached firm views on the entitlement thresholds for
the rates and components of Personal Independence Payment, we therefore
wanted to take the opportunity to hear initial reactions to the proposed
descriptor weightings included in the second draft.
2.4 Towards the end of 2011, we met with a variety of disabled people and their
organisations to discuss the revised proposals. We also received a number of
written comments. Although this engagement has been helpful, a common
theme was that, without the entitlement thresholds, people felt it difficult to
comment on the proposed descriptor weightings in any detail. Given this limited
feedback, at this stage we have not changed the weightings or made any further
amendments to the criteria. We have, however, now finished our consideration
on the proposed entitlement thresholds – which, in turn, have enabled us to
model the likely impact of the draft criteria on the Disability Living Allowance
caseload.

2.5 This document needs to be read in conjunction with the second draft
assessment regulations and the explanatory note for the second draft of the
assessment criteria, both published on 14 November 2011 and available at
www.dwp.gov.uk/pip. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document

3. The proposed entitlement thresholds
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3.1 Each descriptor in the assessment criteria will have a relative weighting
attached to it, reflecting both the level of ability the descriptor represents and the
overall importance of that activity within the criteria as a whole. An individual’s
entitlement to Personal Independence Payment will be determined by the
cumulative weightings which apply to that individual. For both the Daily Living
and Mobility components, it will be possible for an individual to be entitled to the
standard rate; the enhanced rate; or neither.
3.2 The second draft of the criteria included our initial thoughts on these weightings.
In light of the preliminary comments we have received on these, further detailed
consideration of the written reports from the summer 2011 testing and more
discussion with our Assessment Development Group, we propose that the
entitlement thresholds should be as follows:

Daily Living component

Standard rate: 8 points
Enhanced rate: 12 points
(from activities 1-9)
Mobility component
Standard rate: 8 points
Enhanced rate: 12 points
(from activities 10-11)

3.3 We feel that these thresholds for the rates and components of Personal
Independence Payment are reasonable and enable individuals to be accurately
prioritised on the basis of need.
3.4 For the Daily Living component, thresholds at these levels enable an individual
who requires aids, appliances or prompting to successfully carry out a number
of the daily living activities to receive the component at the standard rate. This
recognises the additional costs incurred through use of such support and the
barriers that the individual is likely to face. Equally, for all but one of the daily
living activities, the highest descriptor in that activity on its own ensures
entitlement to the standard rate.
3.5 The proposed thresholds allow the highest scoring descriptor for activity 7
(Communicating) to provide entitlement to the enhanced rate of the Daily Living
component, recognising both the significant barriers and costs faced by
individuals who are unable to communicate. This high relative priority
demonstrates our desire to develop an assessment which better reflects the
impact of impairments on speech, hearing, communication and language
comprehension than the current Disability Living Allowance criteria.
3.6 For the Mobility component, the proposed thresholds reflect and differentiate
between the extra costs incurred by an individual requiring support to get
around. They also ensure that individuals whose ability to get around is severely
impacted by impairments affecting either physical or non-physical ability can
receive the Mobility component at the enhanced rate – reflecting our key
principle of developing an assessment which considers the impact of
impairments equally, regardless of their nature. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document

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3.7 For activity 11 (Moving around), individuals who use aids and appliances to
move very short distances can receive the standard rate, reflecting the extra
costs incurred; while those who need wheelchair to do so will receive the
enhanced rate, reflecting the additional extra costs, barriers and overall level of
need which often accompany wheelchair use. Meanwhile, two descriptors from
activity 10 (Planning and following a journey) entitle an individual to the Mobility
component at the standard rate on their own; while the bottom descriptor
provides entitlement at the enhanced rate.
3.8 We recognise that there are likely to be strong views on the entitlement
thresholds and how these relate to the descriptor weightings previously
proposed. We have now begun a further consultation on the second draft of the
assessment criteria, including the weightings and entitlement thresholds, and
would welcome any views that people and organisations have.

Case studies

3.9 In order to provide further context to how we envisage the revised criteria being
applied, we have produced 15 case studies which are set out in Annex A. Each
case study is intended to be illustrative only, demonstrating the descriptors
which may apply to a variety of individuals. They do not show how all individuals
with particular conditions or impairments are likely to fare under Personal
Independence Payment, as entitlement will always be based on individual
circumstances.
3.10 Please note that these cases are not based on real individuals. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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4. The impact of the second draft criteria


Our approach

4.1 Chapter 5 of the explanatory note to the second draft of the Personal
Independence Payment assessment criteria (www.dwp.gov.uk/pip) explains the
approach we took when testing the first draft of the criteria in summer 2011.
During this exercise it was important to gather as much information about the
impact of impairments on volunteers’ lives as possible. This enabled us to
qualitatively analyse the findings from the initial testing, helping to sense-check
the quantitative data and challenging our initial proposals where it became
apparent that revisions to the criteria were necessary.
4.2 Participation in the assessment testing involved face-to-face appointments
being carried out between May and September 2011. We were keen not to
require the same volunteers to take part in another appointment, or to seek
further volunteers, in order to test the changes made to produce a second draft
or to analyse the impact of the proposals. For this reason, we ensured that the
initial data collected was broad enough to enable us to reconsider the same
volunteers against the second draft criteria on the basis of assessing the original
written report only.

4.3 As a result, we were able to test the impact of the second draft of the criteria by
re-assessing the original sample of around 900 volunteers on a paper basis.
Trained health professionals used the information provided in each report to
choose appropriate descriptors from the second draft criteria. We have now
been able to analyse the impact of the second draft by considering this data in
light of the proposed entitlement thresholds.
4.4 As our reliability and validity analysis of the first draft demonstrated that the
initial proposals were neither valid nor reliable, we have not included information
on the impact of the first draft criteria as the findings would not be meaningful. In
addition, the second draft of the criteria is substantially different from the first
and has been shown to be an improvement on the first in terms of both reliability
and validity. Our modelling therefore focuses on the analysis of the impact of the
second draft criteria.
4.5 For further information on the sample used to test the impact of the second draft
criteria, please refer to Annex C of the explanatory note to the second draft
assessment criteria (www.dwp.gov.uk/pip). Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document

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Methodology for analysis

4.6 To assess the impact of the second draft assessment criteria, the Disability
Living Allowance awards of the 900 testing volunteers were compared with their
projected Personal Independence Payment award.
4.7 The results from the 900 person sample were used to analyse what would
happen to the 16-64 caseload in 2015/16. Results from the volunteer sample
were scaled up to make them representative, as far as possible, of the projected
Disability Living Allowance caseload. This adjusted the sample so that it
replicated the relative proportions of impairments affecting physical and mental
function and the rate combinations seen in the Disability Living Allowance
caseload. It also took account of the over-representation of the additional
specific impairment groups in the sample.
4.8 The sample was designed to be as representative as possible of the Disability
Living Allowance caseload. Weighting of the data helps to ensure this. The fact
that the participants were volunteers may have introduced bias which we cannot
eliminate.
4.9 In addition, two groups of Disability Living Allowance claimants were not
included in the sample: claimants who transitioned to Disability Living Allowance
from its preceding benefit in 1992, where the administrative data does not have
the level of detail used in the sampling (for example, on disabling condition); and
‘Special Rules’ cases who currently have automatic entitlement to Disability
Living Allowance. In the analysis we have assumed that these cases would
receive the Personal Independence Payment rate combination equivalent to
their current Disability Living Allowance rate combination (standard Daily Living
for those on Disability Living Allowance middle rate Care). In practice this may
not necessarily be the case, as there is no direct read across between awards
under Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment.
However, as these groups make up a relatively small proportion of the Disability
Living Allowance caseload (around 100,000 claimants) the impact on the overall
estimates will be limited.
4.10 The sample data provided the results of an assessment based on the draft
criteria. The final impact on claimants, however, will be influenced by other
elements in the decision-making process. Decision makers will use information
from the claimant and professionals who support them, as well as advice from
the independent assessor, to make decisions on awards. Some claimants will
ask for a reconsideration or may appeal this decision. Evidence from
Employment and Support Allowance as well as Disability Living Allowance has
been used to take into account the impact of these on likely Personal
Independence Payment awards. The results presented in this paper include
these effects, but inevitably the adjustments are subject to uncertainty until it is
possible to observe how the assessment process operates in practice. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document

9 The analysis

4.11 To assess the extent to which the introduction of Personal Independence
Payment will affect the caseload, the Disability Living Allowance awards among
the 900 person sample were compared with their projected Personal
Independence Payment award under the second draft of the assessment
criteria. The modelling suggests that the second draft would produce a 2015/16
16-64 caseload of 1.7 million people receiving Personal Independence
Payment. Without introducing the new benefit, we would expect the number of
16-64 year olds claiming Disability Living Allowance to be 2.2 million.
4.12 Like Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment will have two
separate components – a Daily Living component and a Mobility component.
Both components of the new benefit will be payable at either a standard or
enhanced rate.

4.13 Table 1 below gives a breakdown of the modelled eligible Personal
Independence Payment caseload. We estimate that under the second draft
criteria:
• Around 340,000 people would receive the enhanced rate of both
components of Personal Independence Payment.
• In total, around 540,000 people would receive the enhanced rate of the
Daily Living component and around 760,000 would receive the enhanced
rate of the Mobility component.
• Around 690,000 claimants would receive the standard rate of the Daily
Living component; and 560,000 would be in payment of the standard rate
of the Mobility component.

Table 1: Breakdown of eligible Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
caseload by Daily Living and Mobility component combination

2015/16 PIP rate combination Second draft criteria
Enhanced Mobility, Enhanced Daily Living 340,000

Enhanced Mobility, Standard Daily Living 190,000
Enhanced Mobility, No Daily Living 230,000
Standard Mobility, Enhanced Daily Living 110,000
Standard Mobility, Standard Daily Living 250,000
Standard Mobility, No Daily Living 190,000
No Mobility, Enhanced Daily Living 90,000
No Mobility, Standard Daily Living 250,000
Total 1,700,000

Note: data may not sum due to rounding

4.14 The estimates above do not include the potential impact on individuals who are
not currently entitled to Disability Living Allowance. Analysis of the small sample
of unsuccessful claimants suggests that a small number of such people could Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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be entitled to receive Personal Independence Payment but it is not possible to
quantify this reliably from the sample used in testing.
4.15 For comparison, the numbers of people projected to be on each of the Disability
Living Allowance rate combinations in 2015/16 are given in Table 2 below.

Table 2: Breakdown of forecasted Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
caseload by rate combination

2015/16 16-64 age DLA rate combination Caseload

Higher Mobility, Higher Care 350,000
Higher Mobility, Middle Care 290,000
Higher Mobility, Lowest Care 270,000
Higher Mobility, No Care 130,000
Lower Mobility, Higher Care 170,000
Lower Mobility, Middle Care 450,000
Lower Mobility, Lowest Care 230,000
Lower Mobility, No Care 50,000
No Mobility, Higher Care 10,000
No Mobility, Middle Care 40,000
No Mobility, Lowest Care 190,000
Total 2,200,000

Note: data may not sum due to rounding

4.16 Tables 3 and 4 below break down the projected Personal Independence
Payment caseload by age and gender and compare it to the current Disability
Living Allowance caseload. The proportion of the 2015/16 16-64 Personal
Independence Payment caseload that is female is slightly higher than in the
current 16-64 DLA caseload, but this difference is not statistically significant.
Similarly, differences in the breakdown by age are not statistically significant.

Table 3: Personal Independence Payment eligible caseload

Age....... Male......Female....Total
16 to 24...5%...........4%.......9%
25-34......5%...........7%......12%
35-44......6%...........9%......15%
45-54.....13%.........15%.....28%
55-64.....17%.........19%.....36%
Total
16-64.....46%.........54%....100%

Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Table 4: Current Disability Living Allowance caseload
Sex Age
Male Female
Total
16 to 24 6% 4% 10%
25-34 5% 5% 10%
35-44 8% 9% 18%
45-54 12% 14% 26%
55-64 17% 19% 36%
Total 16-64 49% 51% 100%
4.17 Two thirds of the current Disability Living Allowance caseload is made up of
physical function conditions and one third mental function conditions. The 1.7m
modelled Personal Independence Payment eligible caseload has a similar split
between physical and mental function conditions.
4.18 The modelled Personal Independence Payment caseload cannot be broken
down further than this, for example by disabling condition, due to the
increasingly small sample sizes and the statistically insignificant figures in which
this would result. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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5. Consultation and next steps
5.1 We have now published full details of the proposed assessment criteria for
Personal Independence Payment, including the weightings and entitlement
thresholds, and have shown the likely impact on the Disability Living Allowance
caseload. We would like to take this opportunity to seek further views from
disabled people and their organisations, to ensure that we get the assessment
criteria right. We are therefore launching a formal consultation which will run for
15 weeks, from 16 January 2012 to 30 April 2012.
5.2 For the consultation, this document should be considered alongside the second
draft assessment regulations and the explanatory note for the second draft of
the assessment criteria, both published on 14 November 2011.
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Copies of all
three documents can be found at www.dwp.gov.uk/pip.
5.3 The draft regulations will need to be updated to reflect the published entitlement
thresholds and, subject to the passage of the Welfare Reform Bill, the proposed
changes to the required period condition. These changes will be made in a later
iteration of the regulations.
Consultation questions
5.4 There are a number of specific areas where we are particularly seeking
feedback on the second draft:
• Q1 – What are your views on the latest draft Daily Living activities?
In the explanatory note we set out revised proposals for the activities
relating to entitlement to the Daily Living component (activities 1-9). These
include three new activities: Communicating, Engaging socially and Making
financial decisions. We would welcome your views on the activities. Are the
changes and the new activities an improvement? Do you think we need to
make any further changes?
• Q2 – What are your views on the weightings and entitlement
thresholds for the Daily Living activities?
In the explanatory note we set out proposals for the weightings of
descriptors in the activities relating to entitlement to the Daily Living
component (activities 1-9). In this document we have set out the
entitlement thresholds for the benefit. How well do you think they work to
distinguish between differing levels of ability in each activity? How well do
you think they work to prioritise individuals on the basis of their overall
need? Do you think we need to make any changes to weightings or
thresholds?
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‘Personal Independence Payment: second draft of assessment criteria – an explanatory note to
support the second draft of the assessment regulations’ and ‘Personal Independence Payment:
second draft of assessment regulations’ Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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• Q3 – What are your views on the latest draft Mobility activities?
In the explanatory note we set out revised proposals for the activities
relating to entitlement to the Mobility component (activities 10-11). Are the
changes an improvement? Do you think we need to make any further
changes?
• Q4 – What are your views on the weightings and entitlement
thresholds for the Mobility activities?
In the explanatory note we set out proposals for the weightings of
descriptors in the activities relating to entitlement to the Mobility component
(activities 10-11). In this document we have set out the entitlement
thresholds for the benefit. How well do you think they work to distinguish
between differing levels of ability in each activity? How well do you think
they work to prioritise individuals on the basis of their overall need? Do you
think we need to make any changes to weightings or thresholds?
• Q5 – What are your views on how the regulations work regarding
benefit entitlement?
Draft Regulations 1 to 4 set out how the assessment will work to prioritise
individuals and determine entitlement to the benefit. How well do you think
the draft regulations achieve the intent of the assessment set out in the
explanatory note? Do we need to make any changes?
• Q6 – What are your views on how we are dealing with fluctuating
conditions?
Regulation 4(4)(c) of the draft regulations and paragraphs 7.13 to 7.15 of
the explanatory note set our how we are proposing to assign descriptors to
people who have fluctuating conditions. These are that:
- Scoring descriptors will apply to individuals where their impairment(s)
affects their ability to complete an activity on more than 50 per cent of
days in a 12 month period.
- If one descriptor in an activity applies on more than 50 per cent of the
days in the period – i.e. the activity cannot be completed in the way
described on more than 50 per cent of days – then that descriptor
should be chosen.
- If more than one descriptor in an activity applies on more than 50 per
cent of the days in the period, then the descriptor chosen should be
the one which applies for the greatest proportion of the time.
- Where one single descriptor in an activity is not satisfied on more than
50 per cent of days, but a number of different descriptors in that
activity together are satisfied on more than 50 per cent of days – for
example, descriptor ‘B’ is satisfied on 40 per cent of days and
descriptor ‘C’ on 30 per cent of different days – the descriptor satisfied
for the highest proportion of the time should be selected.
What are your views on this approach and how this is set out in the
regulations? Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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• Q7 – What are your views on the definitions of ‘safely’, ‘timely’,
‘repeatedly’ and ‘in a timely’ manner?
In the assessment an individual must be able to complete an activity
descriptor reliably, repeatedly, safely and in a timely manner. Otherwise
they should be considered unable to complete the activity described at that
level. In paragraph 7.4 of the explanatory note we set out draft definitions
for these as follows:
- Reliably means to a reasonable standard.
- In a timely fashion means in less than twice the time it would take for
an individual without any impairment.
- Repeatedly means completed as often during the day as the
individual activity requires. Consideration needs to be given to the
cumulative effects of symptoms such as pain and fatigue – i.e.
whether completing the activity adversely affects the individual’s
ability to subsequently complete other activities.
- Safely means in a fashion that is unlikely to cause harm to the
individual, either directly or through vulnerability to the actions of
others; or to another person.
What are your views on these? Some organisations have suggested that
these terms should be included within the regulations. Do you agree? If so,
do you have views on how we should do so – for example, as a general
provision or referring to them in the detail of activity descriptors?
• Q8 – What are your views on the definitions in the regulations?
The draft regulations contain a number of definitions in Regulation 1
(Interpretation) and Schedule 1. Do we need to make changes to any of
these?
• Q9 – Do you have any other comments on the draft regulations?
Regulations 5 to 10 of the draft regulations relate to elements of the
assessment process for Personal Independence Payment, around the
requirement to provide information and attend face-to-face consultations,
the consequences of failing to meet these requirements and when
individuals might have good reason for not meeting these. Do you have
any comments on these regulations?
5.5 Other comments on the second draft criteria – in particular on the changes
made in the November 2011 version, the proposed weightings and the
entitlement thresholds – are welcome. At this point in the development process
we do not envisage making significant changes to the broad principles or scope
of the assessment – i.e. to incorporate social and environmental factors. We are
therefore not seeking comments on these aspects of the second draft criteria.
We are also not seeking views at this stage on Regulations 11 to 13 of the draft
regulations relating to the required period conditions. These will be subject to
separate consultation at a later point.
5.6 We intend to further refine the draft assessment criteria once we have
considered all the responses to this consultation. Subject to Royal Assent of the Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Welfare Reform Bill, the draft regulations will be laid before Parliament in the
second half of 2012, alongside a summary of consultation findings and a
government response. These regulations will be subject to Parliamentary
scrutiny through the affirmative procedure.
5.7 More information on the consultation process and how to respond is set out in
Annex B.
Further PIP consultation activity
5.8 Throughout the development of Personal Independence Payment we have
demonstrated our ongoing commitment to involve disabled people and their
organisations in the design of the benefit and how it can best be delivered.
Following the publication of our consultation document on 6 December 2010,
and our response published on 4 April 2011 (available at www.dwp.gov.uk/pip),
we have continued to engage with disabled people and their organisation to
further develop and refine our plans. That process has continued as the Welfare
Reform Bill, which will deliver the overall structure for Personal Independence
Payment, has progressed through Parliament.
5.9 As a result of this continued engagement we have made significant changes to
some of the design principles for Personal Independence Payment – for
example by announcing that we will remove the power in the Welfare Reform
Bill to exclude entitlement to the mobility component for care home residents
and that the qualifying period will be one of three months rather than six months.
These new arrangements will not be subject to a further period of consultation.
5.10 There remain a number of issues in relation to Personal Independence Payment
on which we intend to further consult to help inform the necessary regulations. It
is our intention to formally consult on these in the Spring, conducted in line with
the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Consultation. At the same time we will
also set out some of the other details on Personal Independence Payment
which will not be subject to consultation to provide a fuller picture on the benefit
rules and how it will be delivered. Any future consultation will be published on
our website (www.dwp.gov.uk/pip) and will be made available in alternative
formats. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Annex A: Case studies
Case study 1
Katie is 29 and lives with her partner and young daughter. She has not felt well since
2009 and is very easily exhausted. She was working as a primary school teacher
until she had a flu-like illness, since diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome. She can
have two or three good days, and then four or five bad ones. To help her manage her
condition, the main bedroom has been moved downstairs and a downstairs shower
room has been installed.
She is only able to carry out minimal daily tasks independently, such as brushing her
teeth and feeding herself, so her partner and daughter support her in most activities.
She needs assistance to get into the shower and then sits on a seat to wash herself;
afterwards, she usually has to lie down to rest. She can dress herself, but has to sit
down and take her time to do so and on most days she is too tired to dress in clothes
which she cannot pull on easily. She used to enjoy reading, but now cannot
concentrate on anything longer than a magazine article. Even on a good a day she
finds it difficult to help with the cooking. Her poor concentration and memory for
recent events make it difficult to manage her finances. She likes to visit friends and
go shopping but can only walk a few metres so she uses a wheelchair pushed by
another person if she goes out.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 F Needs assistance to either prepare or cook a simple meal. 4
2 A Can take nutrition unaided. 0
3 A
Either –
i. Does not receive medication, therapy or need to monitor a health condition; or
ii. Can manage medication, therapy and monitor a health condition unaided, or
with the use of an aid or appliance.
0
4 G Needs assistance to bathe. 4
5 A Can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided. 0
6 E Needs assistance to dress or undress upper body. 4
7 A
Can communicate unaided and access written information unaided, or using
spectacles or contact lenses.
0
8 A Can engage socially unaided. 0
9 B Needs prompting to make complex financial decisions. 2
10 A Can plan and follow a journey unaided. 0
11 F
Cannot move up to 50 metres without using a wheelchair propelled by another
person or a motorised device.
15
Total points
Daily living activities = 14 (enhanced rate Daily Living component)
Mobility activities = 15 (enhanced rate Mobility component)
Explanation
Katie often needs assistance with a wide range of daily living activities, on account of
fatigue. Her condition does fluctuate and on some days she is more independent.
However, on the majority of days she requires a significant amount of support.Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Case study 2
Rachel is 45 and gave up work as a clerk three years ago because she was suffering
from exhaustion. She lives alone. Since being diagnosed with chronic fatigue
syndrome she tries to manage her condition by pacing herself and her activities,
making sure she doesn’t overdo things. She enjoys painting watercolours and doing
needlework. She has on average three good days to each bad one, when she rests
for the day and does not get dressed or go out. She likes to cook, but finds standing
to prepare food tiring, so she sits on a stool to do so. She can wash herself without
assistance but she finds standing in the shower very tiring, so she uses a seat. She
does relaxation exercises every day. On a good day she can walk to the post office
half a mile away, as long as she takes her time, or can drive to the supermarket. She
has no problems planning a journey and hopes to visit a friend in France next year.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 B Needs to use an aid or appliance to either prepare or cook a simple meal. 2
2 A Can take nutrition unaided. 0
3 A
Either –
i. Does not receive medication, therapy or need to monitor a health condition;
or
ii. Can manage medication, therapy and monitor a health condition unaided,
or with the use of an aid or appliance.
0
4 F Needs to use an aid or appliance to bathe. 2
5 A Can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided. 0
6 A Can dress and undress unaided. 0
7 A
Can communicate unaided and access written information unaided, or using
spectacles or contact lenses.
0
8 A Can engage socially unaided. 0
9 A Can manage complex financial decisions unaided. 0
10 A Can plan and follow a journey unaided. 0
11 A
Can move at least 200 metres either –
i. unaided; or
ii. using an aid or appliance, other than a wheelchair or a motorised device.
0
Total points
Daily living activities = 4 (no Daily Living component entitlement)
Mobility activities = 0 (no Mobility component entitlement)
Explanation
While Rachel sometimes requires aids and appliances to carry out daily activities, for
the majority of activities and on the majority of days she is able to do so
independently. Her mobility is restricted on bad days, but on the majority of days she
can mobilise in excess of 200 metres. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Case study 3
Victoria, 42, lives with her husband who has been supporting her for the last five
years and is now doing so full time. She spends most of her time in an electric
wheelchair because she can only walk about 10-15 steps. Although her multiple
sclerosis hasn’t changed much over the last 18 months, things are very different from
when she was first diagnosed.
Vicky likes to be as independent as possible and so she uses a variety of aids and
appliances to carry out everyday activities. Her husband sometimes assists her to get
in the shower, but usually she is able to do this independently. She has a big walk-in
shower cubicle with a seat and once in she can wash without support. However, it
does take a very long time on her own as she has poor manual co-ordination. She
also has an adapted toilet with a raised seat and grab rails. In the kitchen she can
use the microwave but finds if difficult to lift saucepans and needs assistance to cut
up her food. She has modified clothes, such as Velcro fastenings, so that she can
dress herself. Her neighbours often come around for company and she enjoys
chatting to them. When she and her husband want to go out they use an adapted car
which accommodates her wheelchair
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 F Needs assistance to either prepare or cook a simple meal. 4
2 B
Needs either –
i. to use an aid or appliance to take nutrition; or
ii. assistance to cut up food.
2
3 A
Either –
i. Does not receive medication, therapy or need to monitor a health condition;
or
ii. Can manage medication, therapy and monitor a health condition unaided,
or with the use of an aid or appliance.
0
4 G Needs assistance to bathe. 4
5 B Needs to use an aid or appliance to manage toilet needs or incontinence. 2
6 B Needs to use an aid or appliance to dress or undress. 2
7 A
Can communicate unaided and access written information unaided, or using
spectacles or contact lenses.
0
8 A Can engage socially unaided. 0
9 A Can manage complex financial decisions unaided. 0
10 A Can plan and follow a journey unaided. 0
11 F
Cannot move up to 50 metres without using a wheelchair propelled by another
person or a motorised device.
15
Total points
Daily living activities = 14 (enhanced rate Daily Living component)
Mobility activities = 15 (enhanced rate Mobility component)
Explanation
Vicky’s impairment impacts on some aspects of daily living and so she uses several
aids and appliances. Her ability to move around is severely affected. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Case study 4
Pete is 19 and lives with his family. He does administrative work for his father’s
roofing business, working from home as he is not allowed to drive because of regular
epileptic fits. He loves to watch sports, particularly football, but is unable to take part
as he is worried about having a fit. These have been more frequent since puberty
and his neurologist keeps his treatment under constant review to try to reduce his fit
frequency; he is currently having a mix of either grand-mal or petit-mal fits most days
and sometimes more than once a day.
He is occasionally incontinent during a grand-mal fit and falls asleep for a while
afterwards. Between fits he is fairly independent though he only takes a shower if a
family member is in the house and he never cooks when alone – in the past he has
suffered injuries including scalds and burns in the kitchen. He has little or no warning
of a fit and previously he has received cuts and bruising from fits while outdoors. He
never goes out unaccompanied because of the risk and danger from traffic.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 E Needs supervision to either prepare or cook a simple meal. 4
2 A Can take nutrition unaided. 0
3 A
Either –
i. Does not receive medication, therapy or need to monitor a health condition;
or
ii. Can manage medication, therapy and monitor a health condition unaided,
or with the use of an aid or appliance.
0
4 E Needs supervision or prompting to bathe. 2
5 A Can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided. 0
6 A Can dress and undress unaided. 0
7 A




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Can communicate unaided and access written information unaided, or using
spectacles or contact lenses.
0
8 A Can engage socially unaided. 0
9 A Can manage complex financial decisions unaided. 0
10 E
Needs either –
i. supervision, prompting or a support dog to follow a journey to a familiar
destination; or
ii. a journey to a familiar destination to have been planned entirely by another
person.
15
11 A
Can move at least 200 metres either –
i. unaided; or
ii. using an aid or appliance, other than a wheelchair or a motorised device.
0
Total points
Daily living activities = 6 (no Daily Living component entitlement)
Mobility activities = 15 (enhanced rate Mobility component)
Explanation
Although Pete has fits on most days, which are unpredictable with minimal warning,
he is independent in all daily living activities other than cooking and bathing, where
having a seizure would result in significant risk. He therefore requires supervision for
these activities. He requires supervision whenever he goes out, because of the
significant risk of injury. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Case study 5
Mary is 53, lives with her husband and works as a secretary to a firm of solicitors. Her
employers have been very supportive of her coming back to work following surgical
removal of a benign brain tumour 12 months ago, which resulted in her developing
epilepsy. She remains on anticonvulsant medication and the frequency of her
generalised seizures has reduced to an average of three fits a month. Her colleagues
are aware of her impairment and will help her if she has a fit at work. She travels
there by bus as it is not safe for her to drive.
She usually has some warning of a fit and so is able to avoid injury as a result.
Following a fit, she can be dazed and confused for about an hour; she usually sleeps
it off. She can manage all daily living tasks, but her husband usually does the
cooking, although she can safely use the microwave. She prefers to only take a
shower if her husband is in the house.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 C
Cannot cook a simple meal using a conventional cooker but can do so using a
microwave.
2
2 A Can take nutrition unaided. 0
3 A
Either –
i. Does not receive medication, therapy or need to monitor a health condition;
or
ii. Can manage medication, therapy and monitor a health condition unaided,
or with the use of an aid or appliance.
0
4 A Can bathe and groom unaided. 0
5 A Can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided. 0
6 A Can dress and undress unaided. 0
7 A
Can communicate unaided and access written information unaided, or using
spectacles or contact lenses.
0
8 A Can engage socially unaided. 0
9 A Can manage complex financial decisions unaided. 0
10 A Can plan and follow a journey unaided. 0
11 A
Can move at least 200 metres either –
i. unaided; or
ii. using an aid or appliance, other than a wheelchair or a motorised device.
0
Total points
Daily living activities = 2 (no Daily Living component entitlement)
Mobility activities = 0 (no Mobility component entitlement)
Explanation
Mary is at risk of injury from fits while preparing and cooking a meal but she mitigates
this by avoiding using the cooker. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Case study 6
Richard is 62 and worked as a miner for 30 years. He has very restricted movement
of his shoulder following an injury to his right arm when working in the mine; since
leaving the job he has developed osteoarthritis in both knees and in his right shoulder
and right elbow. He also has Duypytren’s contracture in both hands, which affects his
ability to grip. He can walk for short distances but the pain in his knees stops him
after about 20-30 steps – he is currently on the waiting list for two knee
replacements. He cannot use sticks because of his hand problems and has difficulty
climbing stairs.
He uses aids and appliances to enable him to carry out some daily living activities.
He sits on a seat to take a shower and has difficulty washing his hair as he can only
use his left arm, which is his dominant one. His wife helps him dress his upper body
and he is able to dress the lower half himself using a grabber to help pull up socks
and trousers. His wife prepares and cooks most of the food but he helps by using
suitable kitchen aids and sitting on a perching stool. When she is not around he is
able to prepare a meal for himself. He uses the toilet on his own but requires a raised
seat. He manages the household bills online and his wife does the shopping.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 B Needs to use an aid or appliance to either prepare or cook a simple meal. 2
2 A Can take nutrition unaided. 0
3 A
Either –
i. Does not receive medication, therapy or need to monitor a health condition;
or
ii. Can manage medication, therapy and monitor a health condition unaided,
or with the use of an aid or appliance.
0
4 F Needs to use an aid or appliance to bathe. 2
5 B Needs to use an aid or appliance to manage toilet needs or incontinence. 2
6 E Needs assistance to dress or undress upper body. 4
7 A
Can communicate unaided and access written information unaided, or using
spectacles or contact lenses.
0
8 A Can engage socially unaided. 0
9 A Can manage complex financial decisions unaided. 0
10 A Can plan and follow a journey unaided. 0
11 C Can move up to 50 metres unaided but no further. 8
Total points
Daily living activities = 10 (standard rate Daily Living component)
Mobility activities = 8 (standard rate Mobility component)
Explanation
Richard’s lower limb impairments impact on his ability to move around. He uses aids
and appliances to carry out several daily living activities and needs assistance when
dressing. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Case study 7
Andy is 50 and was injured at work two years ago when a lorry reversed into his car.
His left leg was crushed and had to be amputated above the knee and his right leg
was also injured. He is back in his previous job doing administrative work; however,
he is unable to stand for long periods and uses a stick to walk.
He does not require support with daily living activities, but he needs to sit down when
in the kitchen and when showering as he finds it tiring and difficult to stand. The scar
on his left stump has not healed very well so he has difficulties with his prosthesis
and his right leg is weak. He finds it very tiring if he walks more than 40-50m so he
often uses a wheelchair if he is going outdoors.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 B Needs to use an aid or appliance to either prepare or cook a simple meal. 2
2 A Can take nutrition unaided. 0
3 A
Either –
i. Does not receive medication, therapy or need to monitor a health condition; or
ii. Can manage medication, therapy and monitor a health condition unaided,
or with the use of an aid or appliance.
0
4 F Needs to use an aid or appliance to bathe. 2
5 A Can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided. 0
6 A Can dress and undress unaided. 0
7 A
Can communicate unaided and access written information unaided, or using
spectacles or contact lenses.
0
8 A Can engage socially unaided. 0
9 A Can manage complex financial decisions unaided. 0
10 A Can plan and follow a journey unaided. 0
11 D
Cannot move up to 50 metres without using an aid or appliance, other than a
wheelchair or a motorised device.
10
Total points
Daily living activities = 4 (no Daily Living component entitlement)
Mobility activities = 10 (standard rate Mobility component)
Explanation
Andrew only requires minimal support with daily living activities but his impairment
has impacted on his ability to move around. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Case study 8
Vera is 58 and lives alone since her partner died three years ago. Her daughter visits
often, bringing her grandchildren whom she enjoys seeing. She is taking long-term
medication following a mastectomy five years ago; the treatment makes her feel tired
much of the time and she has also lost her appetite. Since the operation her right arm
has been very swollen, which she finds particularly difficult as she is right handed.
She has to use her left hand to type as she wears a pressure sleeve on her right arm,
which limits the movement of her arm and fingers. She sits to prepare food and has
aids to help do some things one handed such as peeling vegetables. She finds it
difficult to cut food sometimes and uses adapted cutlery to eat. She is able to take a
shower on her own but needs assistance to wash and comb her hair. She dresses
slowly and has bought slip-on skirts and front buttoning bras, blouses and cardigans,
and uses Velcro fastenings on shoes to enable her to be more independent. She can
walk to the local shop and back, about 400 yards away.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 B Needs to use an aid or appliance to either prepare or cook a simple meal. 2
2 B
Needs either –
i. to use an aid or appliance to take nutrition; or
ii. assistance to cut up food.
2
3 A
Either –
i. Does not receive medication, therapy or need to monitor a health condition;
or
ii. Can manage medication, therapy and monitor a health condition unaided,
or with the use of an aid or appliance.
0
4 D Needs assistance to groom. 2
5 A Can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided. 0
6 B Needs to use an aid or appliance to dress or undress. 2
7 A
Can communicate unaided and access written information unaided, or using
spectacles or contact lenses.
0
8 A Can engage socially unaided. 0
9 A Can manage complex financial decisions unaided. 0
10 A Can plan and follow a journey unaided. 0
11 A
Can move at least 200 metres either –
i. unaided; or
ii. using an aid or appliance, other than a wheelchair or a motorised device.
0
Total points
Daily living activities = 8 (standard rate Daily Living component)
Mobility activities = 0 (no Mobility component entitlement)
Explanation
Vera continues to be affected by the swelling of her right arm following her surgery
and ongoing effects of medication. She requires support or aids and appliances to
carry out a number of daily living activities. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Case study 9
Trevor is 25 and lives in sheltered accommodation provided by the local council,
sharing a house with three other people one of whom, like him, is also profoundly
deaf. He likes meeting up with friends and often goes to see movies with subtitles.
His preferred method of communication is British Sign Language and many of the
people he sees regularly have learnt a few essential elements of sign language, to
help with communication. He keeps in touch with his friends by text and his phone
vibrates and flashes to alert him when he receives messages. The doorbell in his
house also has a light that goes on when someone rings it. He is able to cook for
himself, do his own shopping and manages to wash and dress without support.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 A Can prepare and cook a simple meal unaided. 0
2 A Can take nutrition unaided. 0
3 A
Either –
i. Does not receive medication, therapy or need to monitor a health condition;
or
ii. Can manage medication, therapy and monitor a health condition unaided,
or with the use of an aid or appliance.
0
4 A Can bathe and groom unaided. 0
5 A Can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided. 0
6 A Can dress and undress unaided. 0
7 F
Needs communication support to express or understand basic verbal
information.
8
8 A Can engage socially unaided. 0
9 A Can manage complex financial decisions unaided. 0
10 A Can plan and follow a journey unaided. 0
11 A
Can move at least 200 metres either –
i. unaided; or
ii. using an aid or appliance, other than a wheelchair or a motorised device.
0
Total points
Daily living activities = 8 (standard rate Daily Living component)
Mobility activities = 0 (no Mobility component entitlement)
Explanation
Trevor’s impairment impacts on his ability to communicate and he requires a British
Sign Language interpreter. He is able to carry out all other everyday activities
independently. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Case study 10
Sarah is 45, lives alone and works as an administrative assistant. She is largely
independent at home although she needs assistance with her insulin for her diabetes
in order to take it safely; either her sister or father calls in to give her the injections.
She is able to read Braille, having learned to do so many years ago when she lost
her sight, and her family have put Braille labels on various household items to
support her independent living. She likes to cook, although she often buys ready
peeled and chopped vegetables for ease and uses a microwave to ensure that she
can do so safely. She has a wide circle of friends and a good social life. At home, she
uses an adapted telephone, computer keyboard and voice recognition software to
give her greater independence with communication. She gets help from family and
friends to organise her clothes so that she dresses appropriately. She enjoys going to
concerts and will travel to familiar places on her own but needs another person if she
is going somewhere unfamiliar, particularly if that involves public transport.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 D Needs prompting to either prepare or cook a simple meal. 2
2 A Can take nutrition unaided. 0
3 B
Needs supervision, prompting or assistance to manage medication or monitor a
health condition.
1
4 A Can bathe and groom unaided. 0
5 A Can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided. 0
6 C
Needs either –
i. prompting to dress, undress or determine appropriate circumstances for
remaining clothed; or
ii. assistance or prompting to select appropriate clothing
2
7 D Needs assistance to access written information. 4
8 A Can engage socially unaided. 0
9 A Can manage complex financial decisions unaided. 0
10 C
Needs either –
i. supervision, prompting or a support dog to follow a journey to an unfamiliar
destination; or
ii. a journey to an unfamiliar destination to have been entirely planned by
another person.
8
11 A
Can move at least 200 metres either –
i. unaided; or
ii. using an aid or appliance, other than a wheelchair or a motorised device.
0
Total points
Daily living activities = 9 (standard rate Daily Living component)
Mobility activities = 8 (standard rate Mobility component)
Explanation
Sarah is able to do most daily living activities independently or with some support.
She requires supervision when getting around to ensure her safety on unfamiliar
journeys. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
26
Case study 11
Bob is 50 and lives with his wife. He is still getting used to the impact of suddenly
losing his sight seven months ago. He is gradually getting more confident about
moving around within the house, although he still tends to bump into things. He
cannot go out alone without supervision as he cannot yet orientate himself and has
tripped and fallen a few times. He is learning Braille, but is finding it challenging; in
the meantime his wife has started reading the paper to him and helping him with his
mail. He used to love cooking but now cutting, chopping and even opening packaging
takes him a long time and he cannot handle hot pans safely. His wife assists him to
select clothes appropriate for the weather and occasion although he has just
developed an organisation system for doing this himself. Although he is not currently
working, he hopes to return in the future once he is more independent.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 G Cannot prepare and cook food and drink at all. 8
2 A Can take nutrition unaided. 0
3 A
Either –
i. Does not receive medication, therapy or need to monitor a health condition;
or
ii. Can manage medication, therapy and monitor a health condition unaided,
or with the use of an aid or appliance.
0
4 A Can bathe and groom unaided. 0
5 A Can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided. 0
6 C
Needs either –
i. prompting to dress, undress or determine appropriate circumstances for
remaining clothed; or
ii. assistance or prompting to select appropriate clothing.
2
7 D Needs assistance to access written information. 4
8 A Can engage socially unaided. 0
9 A Can manage complex financial decisions unaided. 0
10 E
Needs either –
i. supervision, prompting or a support dog to follow a journey to a familiar
destination; or
ii. a journey to a familiar destination to have been planned entirely by another
person.
15
11 A
Can move at least 200 metres either –
i. unaided; or
ii. using an aid or appliance, other than a wheelchair or a motorised device.
0
Total points
Daily living activities = 14 (enhanced rate Daily Living component)
Mobility activities = 15 (enhanced rate Mobility component)
Explanation
Bob is severely affected by his recent impairment. He requires assistance in some
areas of daily living, particularly in relation to accessing written information, basic
food preparation, and cannot get around safely on his own outside of the house. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Case study 12
Elizabeth is 40 and lives with her mother. Once a week she gets a lift to a day centre
run by Social Services for people with learning disabilities. Although she was
reluctant to engage at first, she has become used to the centre and now looks
forward to going. She is always accompanied when she goes out, unless she is
going for a walk in the neighbourhood where people know her, as she is unable to
use public transport and gets confused with directions in unfamiliar locations. At
home, she likes working in her mother’s small garden.
She does not understand the value of money and therefore cannot go shopping on
her own. She is shy with strangers and usually needs to be prompted to engage
socially. She cannot cook a meal on her own but can follow instructions while her
mother oversees. Usually she does not bathe, brush her teeth or wash her hair, but
she will do so when encouraged and checked by her mother who will also get her
clothes out each day. She has high blood pressure and takes tablets once a day,
which her mother has to remind her to take.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 E Needs supervision to either prepare or cook a simple meal. 4
2 A Can take nutrition unaided. 0
3 B
Needs supervision, prompting or assistance to manage medication or monitor a
health condition.
1
4 E Needs supervision or prompting to bathe. 2
5 A Can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided. 0
6 C
Needs either –
i. prompting to dress, undress or determine appropriate circumstances for
remaining clothed; or
ii. assistance or prompting to select appropriate clothing.
2
7 A
Can communicate unaided and access written information unaided, or using
spectacles or contact lenses.
0
8 B Needs prompting to engage socially. 2
9 D Cannot make any financial decisions at all. 6
10 C
Needs either –
i. supervision, prompting or a support dog to follow a journey to an unfamiliar
destination; or
ii. a journey to an unfamiliar destination to have been entirely planned by
another person.
8
11 A
Can move at least 200 metres either –
i. unaided; or
ii. using an aid or appliance, other than a wheelchair or a motorised device.
0
Total points
Daily living activities = 17 (enhanced rate Daily Living component)
Mobility activities = 8 (standard rate Mobility component)
Explanation
Elizabeth needs support in several areas of daily living and most of the time she
requires supervision to use public transport and to ensure her safety when going out. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Case study 13
Tom is 21 and lives with his parents. He was in a satellite class at a mainstream
school because of autism. He spends most of his time playing simple repetitive
games such as throwing and catching a soft ball. He is able to communicate how he
is feeling and what he needs to familiar people, though he needs support from
someone familiar to engage socially. He is unaware of road safety – on several
occasions he has run into the road – and so he does not go out alone.
He is afraid of using the toilet himself and so signals when he needs to go so that he
can get help. He also needs supervision when bathing because if left alone he will
just sit in the bath or use very hot water. He can dress himself but needs some
support as he has an aversion to using buttons and tends to put his clothes on
incorrectly. He can eat and drink food independently, often preferring to use his
fingers, but he cannot cook or prepare food at all. He does not understand money
and will pick up and walk off with items if he is not supervised when in shops.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 G Cannot prepare and cook food and drink at all. 8
2 A Can take nutrition unaided. 0
3 A
Either –
i. Does not receive medication, therapy or need to monitor a health condition; or
ii. Can manage medication, therapy and monitor a health condition unaided,
or with the use of an aid or appliance.
0
4 E Needs supervision or prompting to bathe. 2
5 D Needs assistance to manage toilet needs. 4
6 C
Needs either –
i. prompting to dress, undress or determine appropriate circumstances for
remaining clothed; or
ii. assistance or prompting to select appropriate clothing.
2
7 A
Can communicate unaided and access written information unaided, or using
spectacles or contact lenses.
0
8 C Needs social support to engage socially. 4
9 D Cannot make any financial decisions at all. 6
10 E
Needs either –
i. supervision, prompting or a support dog to follow a journey to a familiar
destination; or
ii. a journey to a familiar destination to have been planned entirely by another
person.
15
11 A
Can move at least 200 metres either –
i. unaided; or
ii. using an aid or appliance, other than a wheelchair or a motorised device.
0
Total points
Daily living activities = 26 (enhanced rate Daily Living component)
Mobility activities = 15 (enhanced rate Mobility component)
Explanation
Tom requires a high level of support every day and the assessment recognises this
need for supervision and assistance in many aspects of his daily life. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Case study 14
Norah, 36, lives with her two teenage children and is their main carer following a
divorce 18 months ago. Recently she has been feeling low and to try and lift her
mood she makes sure that she sees her friends on a regular basis. She is under the
care of her GP who has prescribed antidepressants and has also seen a counsellor
on a few occasions.
She feels depressed for much of the time but this is worse in the morning and tends
to improve as the day goes on. She finds that she now has to will herself to do things
which she used to really enjoy such as gardening. In addition she feels tired all the
time and has difficulty sleeping with a tendency to wake up early in the morning. Her
appetite is poor but she has not lost weight and her memory and concentration are
fine. Although she lacks motivation at times, she cooks for her children, manages her
medication and bills independently and is able to bathe and dress without prompting.
She feels that her depression is slowly improving.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 A Can prepare and cook a simple meal unaided. 0
2 A Can take nutrition unaided. 0
3 A
Either –
i. Does not receive medication, therapy or need to monitor a health condition;
or
ii. Can manage medication, therapy and monitor a health condition unaided,
or with the use of an aid or appliance.
0
4 A Can bathe and groom unaided. 0
5 A Can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided. 0
6 A Can dress and undress unaided. 0
7 A
Can communicate unaided and access written information unaided, or using
spectacles or contact lenses.
0
8 A Can engage socially unaided. 0
9 A Can manage complex financial decisions unaided. 0
10 A Can plan and follow a journey unaided. 0
11 A
Can move at least 200 metres either –
i. unaided; or
ii. using an aid or appliance, other than a wheelchair or a motorised device.
0
Total points
Daily living activities = 0 (no Daily Living component entitlement)
Mobility activities = 0 (no Mobility component entitlement)
E xplanation
Although Norah’s impairment results in low mood and a lack of motivation, she is
able to carry out all everyday activities independently. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Case study 15
Jane is 45 and lives with her husband and pet dog. She has been seeing a
psychiatrist for 12 months and feels that this, combined with antidepressant
treatment, is slowly improving her mental health – though she still feels depressed
most of the time. She lacks motivation to cook, although her appetite has started to
return, or to deal with her bills. She has lost a lot of weight and has very little energy.
She usually does not bother to get dressed or have a shower. Her concentration is
poor and she struggles even to watch television but her memory is fine and she
usually remembers to take her antidepressants. When she first began to feel
depressed she lost contact with her friends and lost interest in hobbies she
previously enjoyed. Recently, however, she has re-started taking the dog for
occasional walks in the park and going into town on her own.
Likely descriptor choices
Activity Descriptor
1 D Needs prompting to either prepare or cook a simple meal. 2
2 A Can take nutrition unaided. 0
3 A
Either –
i. Does not receive medication, therapy or need to monitor a health condition;
or
ii. Can manage medication, therapy and monitor a health condition unaided,
or with the use of an aid or appliance.
0
4 E Needs supervision or prompting to bathe. 2
5 A Can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided. 0
6 C
Needs either –
i. prompting to dress, undress or determine appropriate circumstances for
remaining clothed; or
ii. assistance or prompting to select appropriate clothing.
2
7 A
Can communicate unaided and access written information unaided, or using
spectacles or contact lenses.
0
8 A Can engage socially unaided. 0
9 B Needs prompting to make complex financial decisions. 2
10 A Can plan and follow a journey unaided. 0
11 A
Can move at least 200 metres either –
i. unaided; or
ii. using an aid or appliance, other than a wheelchair or a motorised device.
0
Total points
Daily living activities = 8 (standard rate Daily Living component)
Mobility activities = 0 (no Mobility component entitlement)
Explanation
Jane requires encouragement to carry out some activities of daily living such as
cooking, dressing and bathing. However, she is able to plan and follow a journey and
move around independently. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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Annex B – About this consultation
Purpose of the consultation
This consultation is intended to seek views on the second draft of the assessment
criteria for Personal Independence Payment and in particular on the changes that
have been made since the first draft, the proposed descriptor weightings and
entitlement thresholds and the draft regulations. At this stage in the development
process we do not envisage making significant changes to the broad principles or
scope of the assessment and so are not seeking views on these.
Who the consultation is aimed at
The Department is keen to hear views from all interested parties but in particular from
disabled people and disability organisations.
Scope of the consultation
This consultation applies to England, Wales and Scotland due to the devolved nature
of social security in Northern Ireland. However, we are working closely with
colleagues in Northern Ireland and would welcome comments from individuals and
organisations in Northern Ireland.
Duration of the consultation
The consultation period begins on 16 January 2012 and runs until 30 April 2012.
How to respond to this consultation
Please send your consultation responses to:
PIP Assessment Development Team
Email: pip.assessment@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
Department for Work and Pensions
2
nd
floor, area B
Caxton House
Tothill Street
London
SW1H 9NA
Please ensure your response reaches us by 30 April 2012. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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When responding, please state whether you are doing so as an individual or
representing the views of an organisation. If you are responding on behalf of an
organisation, please make it clear who the organisation represents and, where
applicable, how the views of members were assembled. We will acknowledge your
response.
Other ways of getting involved
We want to get views from as broad a range of people as possible. We intend to
meet with disabled people and disability organisations throughout the consultation
period.
This document is available in a range of formats, including large print, Braille, audio,
BSL video/DVD and Easy Read either from our website (www.dwp.gov.uk/pip) or on
request from:
PIP Assessment Development Team
Email: pip.assessment@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
Department for Work and Pensions
2
nd
floor, area B
Caxton House
Tothill Street
London
SW1H 9NA
We have sent this consultation document to people and organisations who have
already been involved in this work or who have expressed an interest. Please do
share this document with, or tell us about, anyone you think will want to be involved
in this consultation.
Queries on this document
Please direct any queries about the subject matter of this consultation to:
PIP Assessment Development Team
Email: pip.assessment@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
Department for Work and Pensions
2
nd
floor, area B
Caxton House
Tothill Street
London
SW1H 9NA Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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How we consult
Freedom of information
The information you send us may need to be passed to colleagues within the
Department for Work and Pensions, published in a summary of responses received
and referred to in the published consultation report.
All information contained in your response, including personal information, may be
subject to publication or disclosure if requested under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. By providing personal information for the purposes of the public consultation
exercise, it is understood that you consent to its disclosure and publication. If this is
not the case, you should limit any personal information provided, or remove it
completely. If you want the information in your response to the consultation to be
kept confidential, you should explain why as part of your response, although we
cannot guarantee to do this.
To find out more about the general principles of Freedom of Information and how it is
applied within DWP, please contact:
Central Freedom of Information Team
The Adelphi
1-11, John Adam Street
London WC2N 6HT
Email: Freedom-of-information-request@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
The Central FoI team cannot advise on specific consultation exercises, only on
Freedom of Information issues. More information about the Freedom of Information
Act can be found at www.dwp.gov.uk/freedom-of-information.
The consultation criteria
The consultation is being conducted in line with the Government Code of Practice on
Consultation – http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/bre/consultation-guidance. The seven
consultation criteria are:
• When to Consult. Formal consultation should take place at a stage when there
is scope to influence the outcome.
• Duration of consultation exercises. Consultations should normally last for at
least 12 weeks, with consideration given to longer timescales where feasible
and sensible.
• Clarity of scope and impact. Consultation documents should be clear about
the consultation process, what is being proposed, the scope to influence, and
the expected costs and benefits of the proposals.
• Accessibility of consultation exercises. Consultation exercises should be
designed to be accessible to, and clearly targeted at, those people the exercise
is designed to reach. Personal Independence Payment: second draft assessment criteria and consultation document
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• The burden of consultation. Keeping the burden of consultation to a minimum
is essential if consultations are to be effective and if consultees’ buy-in to the
process is to be obtained.
• Responsiveness of consultation exercises. Consultation responses should
be analysed carefully and clear feedback should be provided to participants
following the consultation.
• Capacity to consult. Officials running consultation exercises should seek
guidance in how to run an effective consultation exercise, and share what they
have learned from the experience.
Feedback on the consultation process
We value your feedback on how well we consult. If you have any comments on the
process of this consultation (as opposed to the issues raised) please contact our
Consultation Coordinator:
Roger Pugh
DWP Consultation Coordinator
1
st
floor, Crown House
2, Ferensway
Hull HU2 8NF
Phone: 01482 584681
Email: roger.pugh@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
In particular, please tell us if you feel that the consultation does not satisfy the
consultation criteria. Please also make any suggestions as to how the process of
consultation could be improved further.
If you have any requirements that we need to meet to enable you to comment,
please let us know.
We will publish the responses to the consultation in a report on the consultations
section of our website www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations.The report will summarise the
responses and how we have reflected these in the draft assessment criteria and
regulations.
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