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Carers UK calls for impact assessment of changes to PIP, which could affect up to 52,000 carers

18 March 2016

Following the news that the Government wants to change the way the disability living component of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is calculated from January 2017, Carers UK is calling on the Government to carry out an urgent impact assessment to better understand the effect these changes will have on carers. 

Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, said:

“We have significant concerns about how the changes the Government has announced to PIP will impact on carers and their families.
“As PIP is a ‘gateway’ benefit for Carer’s Allowance, reducing disabled people’s ability to claim PIP has a knock on impact on carers. Worryingly, the Government has not included any information on the impact of this cut on carers in its consultation response, however our research suggests as many as 52,000 carers could stand to lose eligibility for Carer’s Allowance altogether.
“The loss of ability to claim both PIP and Carer’s Allowance would be a double whammy for families, many of whom are already struggling to make ends meet due to the extra costs of disability and caring.  
“Carers UK urges the government to urgently consider the impact of these cuts on carers by publishing an impact assessment setting out the exact number of carers affected.”

Carers UK provided a response to the consultation on aids and appliances and the daily living component of PIP which you can find here:

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