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View from the House: Review of PIP must be fair and efficient

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 February 2018

Archant

Last week, the Department for Work and Pensions said that it would not challenge a court ruling that will mean that every applicant for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) will have their claim reviewed.

For a great many of my constituents, this cannot come soon enough. Many people have suffered unjustly as they migrate from PIP’s predecessor benefit, Disability Living Allowance, to the new payments.

Take for example one resident, who I met at my advice surgery in December. He lived with his severely disabled sister and had given up work to be her carer, depending on Carers’ Allowance and DLA to pay the bills. She is wheelchair bound, doubly incontinent and unable to prepare her own food, wash or dress without help.

Moving from DLA to PIP, she was assessed and deemed not to qualify for a penny. As Carers’ Allowance is dependent on a person receiving PIP, my constituents suffered a double hit.

It is not just about money. I lose count of the number of people I have visited at home who had previously been able to hire a car as part of their DLA claim (motability), only to lose this entitlement as they move over to PIP.

The car has to be returned only a short time after the verdict is given, whether you appeal or not. So many of these people relied on their Motability to live relatively independent lives.

Time will tell if these people receive the support they need, and the government must act to ensure that the review process happens as fairly and efficiently as possible.


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