Your Say - Personal Independence Payment


Call for views

Your Say: The Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Over the last couple of years the Welfare Reform Committee’s ‘Your Say’ initiative has enabled the Committee to take evidence from those directly affected by welfare reform. The personal stories the Committee has heard from individuals about their experiences of the Work Capability Assessment, ‘bedroom tax’ and Employment and Support Allowance have provided a valuable insight into the impact of welfare reform on the people of Scotland.

We wish to continue our ‘Your Say’ initiative by offering the opportunity for individuals to share with the Committee their experiences of Personal Independence Payments (PIP). This includes new claimants and those who are changing from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP. We also wish to hear from individuals and organisations that support PIP claimants.

We are keen to learn about any aspect of your experience of PIP including:

  • The PIP claim form
  • The PIP assessment process, including where your assessment was conducted
  • The Department of Work and Pensions decision on your PIP claim and payment of PIP

Please send your experiences to the Committee, if possible by email to [email protected]. Hard copy responses can be sent to: Welfare Reform Committee, TG.01, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP.

The information you provide will be circulated to Members of the Committee and published on our website. If you wish the information you provide not to be published, please state this when you contact the Committee.

There is no deadline for you to send us your experiences. However, the Committee hopes to hold an evidence session with individuals on their experiences in the autumn. If you wish to be considered for this evidence session it would be very helpful to receive information on your experience of PIP by the end of July.

Graphic showing a speakerListen to Audio version call for views on ‘Your Say’ PIP (2MB mp3)

If you require this information in an alternative format or any further information on ‘Your Say’ please contact Heather Lyall, Assistant Clerk, Welfare Reform Committee, Tel: 0131 348 5182 Email: [email protected] 

Michael McMahon MSP, Convener

The Parliament's research team SPICe have produced a paper providing further information on PIP:

In addition, on 13 May 2014 the Committee held an evidence session with Salus, the organisation which is responsible for administering PIP assessments in parts of Scotland.

You can view some short video clips of previous Your Say sessions at the Parliament on our website. 

Details of how publically available submissions are treated can be found at the following link.