Impacts of DLA on working age people in Wales

Practice area: Health and social care | Public Policy | Social care
Client: Welsh Assembly Government
Published: November, 2011
Keywords: qualitative analysis quantitative analysis stakeholder surveys and consultations

The UK Government is currently in the process of introducing reforms to Disability Living Allowance (DLA). DLA will be replaced by a similar benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This study for the Welsh Government aims to assess the potential impacts of the change as they relate to working age adults in Wales. It first considers the current take‐up of DLA, the use of DLA income by recipients and links with demand for social care in Wales; and second, projects future demand for these payments in Wales under various policy scenarios, taking account of the proposed reforms. In addition, we have examined potential additional expenditure on local authority provided non‐residential social care services as a result of the DLA reforms under different scenarios.