The admission from a DWP civil servant is the first time that anyone from the department has explicitly stated that it has plans to scrap PIP and combine it with universal credit. DWP has confirmed that the comments were made but it insisted that they came from a junior member of staff during a private training session and were not representative of the department’s views. The DWP was looking at rolling PIP into universal credit from 2028 at the earliest, and that the ultimate plan was for there to be just one benefit, universal credit.

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