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Disability Living Allowance replaced by PIP scheme

8 April 2013 Last updated at 22:55 BST

Major changes to disability benefits for new claimants are being introduced in the north of England.

The existing system of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being phased out and replaced by Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

The government says the existing model is outdated and needs to be reformed, and that benefits are not being cut.

But disability charity Scope says 600,000 people will eventually lose their financial support.

Alison Holt reports.