PIP proposals ignore the reality of disability benefits

New proposals to reform PIP have been dreamt up with no serious input from people with lived or learned experience of the reality of disability benefits

PIP proposals should be consigned to the shredder

The government released a Green Paper yesterday outlining proposals to reform Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Anela Anwar, Chief Executive of Z2K, responds:

“Personal Independence Payment provides vital additional support to many of our clients, helping them pay for extra costs their health condition or disability causes in and out of the home, and reducing the poverty they face.

“Pretending that home adaptations or talking therapies can eliminate those costs overnight is the latest evidence of the Department’s ill-informed approach to disability benefits. It either doesn’t understand, or doesn’t care.

“Demanding disabled people evidence the specific extra costs they face will cause an impossible administrative burden. And assessment on the basis of condition rather than the impact of disability would be a giant backwards step, moving assessments even further from capturing the support seriously ill and disabled people actually need. It’s clear these proposals have been dreamt up with no serious input from people with lived or learned experience of the reality of disability benefits.

“Long overdue measures like reducing unnecessary assessments could be introduced on their own. But Ministers are instead set on redefining disability and wrongly claiming mild anxiety gets you extra benefits, rather than tackling the root causes of poor health.

“The Department has long denied seriously ill and disabled people the PIP they need through its abysmal decision-making. Now it wants to make it official. This Green Paper should be consigned to the shredder, and politicians from all parties need to speak out against it.”

As candidates for the upcoming General Election look to win your vote, we have a real opportunity to turn the tide on disability benefits reform.

Ahead of the election, we need to build a movement of people who are ready to stand with seriously ill and disabled people and call out the injustice of proposed changes. 

Will you pledge to ask your prospective MPs to oppose dangerous and unfair disability benefits reforms and defend vital support for seriously ill and disabled people?

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