February 2013 PIP Changes

01/02/2013

For everyone who attended our training before January 2013, there are a number of changes to PIP that you need to be aware of.

Firstly, as reported last month, the amounts for PIP have been set as follows:

 

Daily living component

Standard rate – If a claimant has a limited ability to carry out daily living activities          £53.00
 

Enhanced rate – If they have a severely limited ability to carry out daily living activities           £79.15

 

Mobility component

Standard rate – If a claimant has a limited mobility                 £21.00
 

Enhanced rate - If they have a severely limited mobility           £55.25

 

Secondly, there have been some changes to the activity tests and how they are applied.  There are now 10 ‘Daily Living’ tests as communication has been split into two – dealing separately with verbal and written communication.  Some of the tests have been amended and/or the scores changed and the new tests are listed below.

 

Activity 2. Taking nutrition

Can take nutrition unaided. - Score 0

Needs either

(i)                To use an aid or appliance to take nutrition; or

(ii)              Supervision to be able to take nutrition or

(iii)            Assistance to cut up food. – Score 2

Needs a therapeutic source to take nutrition. – Score 2

Needs prompting to take nutrition. - Score 4

Needs assistance to manage a therapeutic source to take nutrition. – Score 6

Needs another person to convey food and drink to their mouth. – Score 10

 

Activity 4. Washing and Bathing

Can wash and bathe unaided. - Score 0

Needs to use an aid or appliance to be able to wash or bathe. - Score 2

Needs supervision or prompting to be able to wash or bathe. - Score 2

Needs assistance to be able to wash either their hair or body below the waist. - Score 2

Needs assistance to be able to get in or out of a bath or shower. - Score 3

Needs assistance to be able to wash their body between the shoulders and waist. - Score 4

Cannot wash and bathe at all and needs another person to wash their entire body. - Score 8
 

Activity 5. Managing toilet needs or incontinence

Can manage toilet needs or incontinence unaided. – Score 0

Needs to use an aid or appliance to manage toilet needs or incontinence. – Score 2

Needs supervision or prompting to be able to manage toilet needs - Score 2

Needs assistance to be able to manage toilet needs - Score 4

Needs assistance to be able to manage incontinence of either bladder or bowel - Score 6

Needs assistance to be able to manage incontinence of both bladder and bowel - Score 8
 

Activity 6. Dressing and undressing remains the same except the score for needs assistance to dress or undress lower body reduces to a 2.

 

Activity 7. Communicating

Can express and understand verbal information unaided - Score 0

Needs to use an aid or appliance to be able to speak or hear - Score 2

Needs communication support to be able to express or understand complex verbal information - Score 4

Needs communication support to be able to express or understand basic verbal information - Score 8

Cannot express or understand verbal information at all even with communication support - Score 12
 

Activity 8. Reading and understanding signs, symbols and words

Can read and understand basic and complex written information either unaided or using spectacles or contact lenses – Score 0

Needs to use an aid or appliance, other than spectacles or contact lenses, to be able to read or understand either basic or complex written information - Score 2

Needs prompting to be able to read or understand complex written information - Score 2

Needs prompting to be able to read or understand basic written information - Score 4

Cannot read or understand signs, symbols or words at all - Score 8

 
Activity 9. is reworded throughout as Engaging with other people face to face and Activity 10 is reworded throughout as Making budgeting decisions
 
Mobility Activities and descriptors

Activity 1. Planning and following journeys

Can plan and follow the route of a journey unaided. - Score 0

Needs prompting to be able to undertake any journey to avoid overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant. - Score 4

Cannot plan the route of a journey - Score 8

Cannot follow the route of an unfamiliar journey without another person, assistance dog or orientation aid - Score 10

Cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant - Score 10

Cannot follow the route of a familiar journey without another person, an assistance dog or an orientation aid - Score 12

 

Activity 2. Moving around

Can stand and then move more than 200 metres, either aided or unaided - Score 0
Can stand and then move more than 50 metres but no more than 200 metres, either aided or unaided - Score 4

Can stand and then move unaided more than 20 metres but no more than 50 metres - Score 8

Can stand and then move using an aid or appliance more than 20 metres but no more than 50 metres - Score 10

Can stand and then move more than 1 metre but no more than 20 metres, either aided or unaided - Score 12

Cannot, either aided or unaided,

(i)                Stand or

(ii)              Move more than 1 metre - Score 12

 
The new activity tests are also accompanied by new definitions to be used in the assessment of PIP.  You can request a copy of these at info@latitudeconsortium.com

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