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Government support towards the additional living costs of working–age disabled people: Government Response to the Committee's Seventh Report of Session 2010–12

Government support towards the additional living costs of working–age disabled people: Government Response to the Committee's Seventh Report of Session 2010–12

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HC 105
Published on 18 May 2012by authority of the House of CommonsLondon: The Stationery Office Limited£0.00
House of CommonsWork and Pensions Committee
Government supporttowards the additionalliving costs ofworking–age disabledpeople: GovernmentResponse to theCommittee's SeventhReport of Session2010–12
First Special Report of Session 2012–13
Ordered by the House of Commonsto be printed 16 May 2012
 
 
The Work and Pensions Committee
The Work and Pensions Committee is appointed by the House of Commons toexamine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Department forWork and Pensions and its associated public bodies.
Current membership
Dame Anne Begg MP (
Labour, Aberdeen South
) (Chair)Debbie Abrahams MP
(Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth)
 Harriett Baldwin MP (
Conservative,
 
West Worcestershire
)Andrew Bingham MP
(Conservative, High Peak)
 Karen Bradley MP (
Conservative, Staffordshire Moorlands
)Sheila Gilmore MP (
Labour 
,
Edinburgh East)
 Mr Oliver Heald MP (
Conservative, North East Hertfordshire
)Glenda Jackson MP
(Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn)
Brandon Lewis MP
(Conservative, Great Yarmouth)
 Stephen Lloyd MP (
Liberal Democrat, Eastbourne
)Teresa Pearce MP
(Labour, Erith and Thamesmead)
 The following Members were also members of the Committee during theParliament:Ms Karen Buck MP (
Labour, Westminster North
), Alex Cunningham MP
(Labour,Stockton North),
Margaret Curran MP (
Labour, Glasgow East 
), Richard GrahamMP (
Conservative, Gloucester 
), Kate Green MP (
Labour, Stretford and Urmston
),Sajid Javid MP
(Conservative, Bromsgrove)
and Shabana Mahmood MP (
Labour,Birmingham, Ladywood 
)
Powers
The Committee is one of the departmental select committees, the powers ofwhich are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally in SO No152. These are available on the internet via www.parliament.uk
Publications
The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The StationeryOffice by Order of the House. All publications of the Committee (including pressnotices) are on the internet at www.parliament.uk/workpencomThe Reports of the Committee, the formal minutes relating to that report, oralevidence taken and some or all written evidence are available in a printedvolume.
Committee staff
The current staff of the Committee are Carol Oxborough (Clerk), Catherine Tyack(Second Clerk), James Abbott (Committee Media Adviser), James Clarke (InquiryManager), Emma Sawyer (Senior Committee Assistant), Hannah Beattie(Committee Assistant).
Contacts
All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Work and PensionsCommittee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephonenumber for general enquiries is 020 7219 2839; the Committee's email address isworkpencom@parliament.uk
 
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First Special Report
On 19 February 2012 the Work and Pensions Committee published its Seventh Report of Session 2010–12,
Government support towards the additional living costs of working-agedisabled people
, HC 1493. On 10 May 2012 we received the Government’s Response to theReport. It is reproduced as an Appendix to this Special Report.In the Government Response, the Committee’s conclusions and recommendations are inbold text. The Government’s response is in plain text.
Appendix: Government response
Introduction
1.
 
The Government welcomes the Seventh Report of the Work and Pensions SelectCommittee on support towards the additional living costs of working-age disabled peopleand in particular the Committee’s endorsement of the need for reform of Disability LivingAllowance (DLA).
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2.
 
As the Committee recognise, DLA is a benefit that is based on unclear criteria, is not wellunderstood and with no proper system of reviewing awards. The 2004/2005 NationalBenefit Review found that around £630m of DLA a year is overpaid as a result of unreported changes in circumstances, whilst £190m is underpaid. 
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3.
 
The new Personal Independence Payment assessment has been developed inconjunction with a group of independent health, social care and disability experts and willbe fairer, more objective and consistent. There will be a more responsive and individualisedprocess for ensuring that claimants continue to receive the right level of support and theDepartment will work to ensure that public awareness of the benefit and the process formaking a claim are improved.This is vital supportthat is not reaching the people to which it was intended. The introduction of PersonalIndependence Payment will ensure that the Government can continue to support thoseindividuals experiencing the greatest barriers to living an independent life, while ensuringthat the benefit continues to remain affordable and sustainable in the future.4.
 
The Government recognises that further work is required before Personal IndependencePayment is introduced in April 2013 and is grateful to the Committee and witnesses fortheir insight during the evidence sessions, as well as the conclusions and recommendationscontained in their report. The Department is continuing to work with stakeholders andexperts in developing the way in which the new benefit is delivered and administered. A 15week consultation on the assessment thresholds recently closed on 30 April.
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1 Work and Pensions Select Committee, ‘Government support towards the additional living costs of working-agedisabled people’ HC (2010 – 12) 1493
In addition,on 26 March, the Department published the consultation document ‘Personal
2 Fraud, error and other incorrectness in Disability Living Allowance: The results of the Benefit Review of DisabilityLiving Allowance, 20053 http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/pip-assessment-thresholds-and-consultation.pdf

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