2.1 The Government is committed to supporting disabled people to exercise choice and control and lead independent lives, and recognises that disabled people face extra costs in doing so. Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being reformed to create a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment which will ensure that support towards meeting such extra costs is focussed on those individuals who experience the greatest barriers to living full, active and independent lives.
2.2 The high-level legislative framework underpinning Personal Independence Payment is set out in the Welfare Reform Act 2012 (‘the Act’). The Government’s intention is that the detailed requirements for the new benefit will be set out in secondary legislation, and is committed to continuing to involve disabled people and disability organisations in the development of the detailed design.
2.3 This consultation sets out the Government’s proposals on the detailed rules that will underpin eligibility and payment of the new benefit. We are also consulting on some of the proposals on assessment of existing DLA claims and changes to DLA, Attendance Allowance and Carers Allowance. We will also provide information about the use of Personal Independence Payment as a passport to other benefits and schemes.
2.4 Responses from this consultation will inform the development of secondary legislation that will underpin the new benefit. The consultation period will run from 26 March to 30 June 2012. We will publish the Government’s response to this consultation later this year.