The reason why PIP is not getting as warm a welcome as it might amonst advisers and claimants is that it’s main purpose is to save money. Undoubted improvements (DLA was by no means perfect) in some areas are clouded by the Treasury’s expectation of a 20% saving on the DLA budget, which translate into a 30% cut for those of working age given that disabled children and over 65s are being left alone…for the time being… There is a case made for why DLA is not fit for purpose and why an extra - and expensive – system of routine medicals is required but it rather confused, contradictory and unconvincing. The main purpose of PIP - even with opportunities for some winners and other improvements - is mainly to deliver a predetermined cut to DLA…
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