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Personal Independence Payment Passporting arrangements for Blue Badge Scheme

Blue Badge Scheme

Objectives  Introduce Regulations (from 8 April 2013) which provide passport from Personal Independence Payment to the Blue Badge Scheme  To maintain wherever possible, equivalence between the arrangements for Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA.

Blue Badge Scheme – Criteria

 Passporting arrangements will apply to those people who receive the Mobility Component of PIP: awarded at 12 points (enhanced rate) for "planning and following journeys" which includes those who cannot follow the route of a familiar journey without another person, assistance dog, or orientation aid. OR those persons who receive the Mobility Component of PIP for "moving around" at 8 points (standard rate) or more.

Transitional Arrangements

Allow those who are in receipt of HRMCDLA and subsequently not awarded PIP, to retain their badge until its expiry date.

Determining Blue Badge eligibility using Personal Independence Payment (PIP) award notifications

Mobility Activities 1. Planning and following journeys Points

A I’ve decided you can plan and follow a route of a journey unaided.

B I’ve decided you need prompting from another person to undertake a journey to avoid causing you significant mental distress.

C I’ve decided you can’t plan the route of a journey.

0 4 8 D I’ve decided you need another person, an assistance dog or an orientation aid to follow the route of an unfamiliar journey.

10 E I’ve decided you can’t undertake any journey because it would cause you significant mental distress.

10 F I’ve decided you can’t follow the route of a familiar journey without another person, an assistance dog or an orientation aid. 12

Determining Blue Badge eligibility using Personal Independence Payment (PIP) award notifications (continued) A

Mobility Activities 2. Moving around

I’ve decided you can stand and then move more than 200 metres.

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Points

B C D E F I’ve decided you can stand and then move more than 50 metres but no more than 200 metres.

4 I’ve decided you can stand and then move unaided more than 20 metres but no more than 50 metres.

8 I’ve decided you can stand and then move using an aid or appliance more than 20 metres but no more than 50 metres.

10 I’ve decided you can stand and then move more than 1 metre but no more than 20 metres.

I’ve decided you cannot stand or move more than 1 metre.

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Blue Badge Scheme –Impact

100,000 currently on HRMCDLA in Scotland will be reassessed for PIP.

60% (60,000) in receipt of HRMCDLA take up entitlement to a Blue Badge. Of those:  43% may have an unchanged or increased award from DWP and retain passport to Blue Badge.

 29% may receive a decreased award.  27% may not receive a PIP award

Blue Badge Scheme

Where there is no entitlement to PIP: •

people can apply to local authorities through the Blue Badge subject to further assessment eligibility criteria which has similar mobility descriptors to passporting benefits.

• those who had previously received a Blue Badge through passporting will be able to retain the Blue Badge until its expiry date.

• those who no longer qualify for a Blue Badge at all may be entitled to concessionary fares.

National Concessionary Travel Scheme

22 April 2013

National Concessionary Travel Scheme

• Scheme has been in place since 2006 • Recently secured through to March 2015 • Successful – over 1.25 million users • 189,000 of these hold cards through disability criteria

Benefits of NCTS

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Social

– people can get out and about

Health

– people are often more active

Financial

– average value for cardholder is £250 each year • Available for use on

buses

– Plus – for island residents – 2 return journeys per year to the mainland by ferry

Welfare Reform

• Disability Living Allowance being phased out • Personal Independence Payments starting April 2013 • Affects people between 16 and 64 • New regulations allow those awarded PIP to be eligible for NCTS

Passport to NCTS

• DLA-based –Higher rate mobility component –Higher or middle rate care component • PIP-based –Standard or enhanced rate

Passport to NCTS

Care DLA Mobility Daily Living PIP Mobility

Passport to Companion Card

• DLA-based –Higher or middle rate care component • PIP-based –Standard or enhanced rate of daily living component

Passport to Companion Card

Care DLA Mobility Daily Living PIP Mobility

Eligibility for NCTS

Estimated eligibility

(approx)

Through PIP

174,000 NCTS Companion Card 133,000

Increase

(compared with DLA) 3,000 9,000

Application for NCTS

• As now, through Local Authorities • Front line staff have information on PIP eligibility • Anyone not receiving PIP may still be able to apply under existing criteria • If no PIP awarded, the card may be used until it expires

Alternative criteria

Continuing as now ...

• Aged 60 or over • Attendance Allowance • Blue Badge • Registered Blind / registered partially sighted • Profoundly or severely deaf • Having lost a limb / limbs • Have been or would be refused a driving licence • Have mental health issues – covers mental illness, learning disability and personality disorder • ...

Monitoring Impact

• Overall, over 20% fewer people will receive PIP than receive DLA • But slightly more people will be eligible for NCTS through PIP than through DLA • Phasing in

June 2013 October 2013 October 2015

New applications Existing DLA claimants when changes reported Reassessment of existing DLA claimants

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