PIP Aids and Appliances consultation (2015)

Consultation response:

Spartacus Network response to DWP consultation on the use of aids and appliances descriptors in PIP (pdf)


PIP Moving Around consultation (2013)

Consultation response:

We are Spartacus community response to DWP consultation on PIP “Moving around” activity (pdf)


PIP Assessments and Thresholds consultation (2012)

Consultation response:

The ‘We are Spartacus’ Community Submission to the Government Consultation on Assessments for Personal Independence Payments (pdf)


Emergency Stop

Emergency Stop, published on 14 January 2013, is a revised version of Reversing from Recovery, which was published in June 2012. The figures have been revised to reflect the projections published by the DWP in December 2012 and we added a little more detail about some of the extra costs to the public sector that are expected as a result of the latest changes.

Emergency Stop (pdf)

Emergency Stop (accessible version)


Reversing from Recovery (June 2012), NOW SUPERSEDED, explains the likely impact on the UK economy of the proposals for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), set to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) under the Welfare Reform Act.

Reversing from Recovery – Full Report (pdf) (outdated version)

Reversing from Recovery – Summary Report (pdf) (outdated version)

Alternative formats

Reversing from Recovery – Full Report – accessible version (Word for large print and screen readers; no tables or graphics; outdated version)

Reversing from Recovery – Summary Report – accessible version (Word for large print and screen readers; no tables or graphics; outdated version)


Spartacus Report

Responsible Reform was based on a rigorous analysis of the 523 organisational responses to the Government’s consultation on reform of disability living allowance which closed in February 2011. The report also analysed the reasons behind the increase in recent years in the number of DLA claimants.

Key findings:

  • Only 7% of organisations that took part in the consultation were fully in support of plans to replace DLA with PIP
  • There was overwhelming opposition in the consultation responses to nearly all of the government’s proposals for DLA reform
  • The government consistently used inaccurate figures to exaggerate the rise in DLA claimants
  • The report shows that nearly all of the recent increase in working-age claimants of DLA has been associated with mental health conditions and learning difficulties. Between 2002 and 2010, the number of working-age DLA claimants – excluding those with mental health conditions and learning difficulties – remained remarkably stable
  • 98% of those who responded opposed plans to change the qualifying period for PIP from three months (as it is with DLA) to six months
  • 90% opposed plans for a new assessment, which disabled people fear will be far too similar to the much-criticised work capability assessment used to test eligibility for employment and support allowance (ESA)
  • Respondents to the consultation repeatedly warned that the government’s plans could breach the Equality Act, the Human Rights Act and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Responsible Reform Report January 2012