Concessionary memberships for people who receive PIP at Live Active Leisure Trust

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Live Active Leisure, the Perth and Kinross Leisure Trust, currently do not offer concession memberships to those in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)/ Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Despite currently offering discounted memberships to those on other types of benefits.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people who have extra care needs or mobility needs (difficulty getting around) as a result of a disability. PIP is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16-64.

We have had ongoing conversations over a number of months with Live Active Leisure who for the time being do not accept PIP/DLA as a valid benefit as it is not means-tested; even though those in receipt of the benefit have gone through testing for eligibility by the government.

We already know that this policy has had a negative impact on individuals in the MS community who have been unable to access the leisure trust following a prescribed exercise due to cost. This will not only impact people with MS but anyone in receipt of PIP/DLA in Perth and Kinross looking to access the Leisure Trust’s services.

We call on Live Active Leisure, again, to include of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)/ Disability Living Allowance (DLA) as one of their accepted benefits for concession membership.