New report on Personal Independence Payment from the Disability Benefits Consortium
The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), of which The National Autistic Society is a member has today published a report calling for reforms to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) so that it works better for autistic people and other disabled people.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16-64.

Since the benefit was introduced, The National Autistic Society has received reports from autistic people and family members about some of the challenges of applying for PIP.

Today’s report sets out that disabled people are experiencing particular difficulties with the application process and the face-to-face assessment. There are significant concerns that people aren’t receiving the level of support that they need from PIP.

Key findings include:

  • Over half of respondents to the DBC’s survey said the PIP assessors did not understand their disability or health condition
  • Almost 90% of people responding to the survey said their PIP assessment was ‘stressful'
  • 79% of survey respondents said the PIP assessment made their health worse because of stress or anxiety caused by the assessment.

Recommendations made by the report 

The report makes several recommendations to Government. Some of the key recommendations from the report include the following:

  • The Department for Work and Pensions should introduce simplified PIP claim forms in various different formats to make the application process easier
  • PIP assessors should be obliged to consider all supporting evidence submitted with an application and take it into consideration
  • The PIP assessment criteria should be reviewed and any review should involve disabled people
  • The DWP should re-establish direct responsibility for the quality of assessments
  • There should be indefinite PIP awards for people with severe, complex conditions

What happens now?

The National Autistic Society is supporting the PIP report and will work with the DBC to get its recommendations taken forward.

You can read the full report and follow this link to share the report with your MP or to share your experiences of PIP.