Friday, November 03, 2017

May and Hammond must stop PIP cuts that balance the books on most vulnerable

Commenting on the latest guidelines for Personal Independence Payment recipients, Norman Lamb, former Liberal Democrat Care Minister, said:

“While I am pleased that the Government has budged slightly on giving disabled people the money they need to live with dignity, these changes leave much to be desired.

“These concessions ignore several other major tribunal rulings earlier this year, which ruled that people should receive greater amounts of PIP if they have difficulties traveling alone or monitoring a health condition. Instead, the Government chose to restrict eligibility criteria in order to save money, effectively balancing the books on the backs of the vulnerable.

“With complaints about the PIP assessment process up by almost 900% in a year, the government must urgently review the entire scheme to ensure that the needs of disabled people are being properly met.”

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