I’m also concerned that the DWP currently has no plans to use information held on people’s existing DLA claims to help identify vulnerable claimants who might need more support through the assessment process.
Furthermore existing DLA claimants will not transfer automatically to PIP but will instead be told to apply. The regulations dictate that if they do not do so within 28 days, then their DLA payments will stop. If within another 28 days they then apply then they will be reimbursed, but if they only do so after the second 28 day period then they will be unable to get this money back.
In addition claimants will be expected to attend assessments with only seven days notice. This seems to assume that disabled people can simply drop everything to attend an assessment, despite the fact that many will be in work and will find this difficult.