Personal Independence Payment

IDS Falls On His Sword - So?

John Watson | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Politics
John Watson

It is acknowledged in Mr Duncan Smith's resignation letter that the changes to Personal Independence Payment system are defensible in narrow terms. That is hardly a surprise as he had agreed them and anyway, whether the changes in criteria were the right ones, clearly something had gone wrong with a scheme that had moved so far from its target.

Face It: In 2016, You Just Can't Spin Disability Cuts

Paul Blanchard | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

PR is the bedrock on which our government is built. It's right at the heart of the way it operates. We have never had a more media-savvy government or PR-aware leadership. So why did they think they could spin their way around the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) disability cuts? To understand why they truly believed that the great British people would swallow the proposed PIP cuts you need to go back in time. Quite a long way.

Budget U-turn Complete: No More Welfare Cuts Planned

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics

George Osborne’s Budget humiliation has deepened after the new Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb attacked his own Government for treating be...

Osborne Won't Fill Budget 'Black Hole' For Months

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics

George Osborne suffered fresh humiliation today after No10 was forced to say that David Cameron “absolutely” still had “full confidence” in hi...

Interpreting Iain Duncan Smith's Resignation

Dan Holliday | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics
Dan Holliday

The austerity narrative is finally being meaningfully punctured from the front bench of the opposition. If Labour maintains this level of pressure it can expect to do rather better than its critics predict in the upcoming local elections.

It's Time for Government to Stop, Listen and Learn From Opposition to Disability Benefit Cuts

Richard Kramer | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Kramer

The aftermath of the Budget, has seen the opposition to disability benefit cuts pick up pace, with a growing consensus from all parties that the Chancellor shouldn't be asking those who can least afford it to make sacrifices.

The Waugh Zone March 21, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday March 21, 2016… 1) COMPASSION WAGON David Cameron will use his Commons statement on the EU summit...

Osborne Will NEVER Become PM If He Cuts Disabled Benefits

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics

A leading Tory critic of George Osborne has claimed that his chances of becoming Prime Minister “are over” unless he reverses planned benefit cuts...

Iain Duncan Smith: Osborne Attacks Those 'Who Don't Vote For Us'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.03.2016 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has launched a searing new attack on his own Government, declaring that the Tory Party look like they are hitting the poorest “bec...

The Waugh Zone March 19, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 19.03.2016 | UK Politics

The five things about Iain Duncan Smith's resignation you need to know on Saturday March 19, 2016… 1) HOW SOON IS NOW “As they say, polit...

'You Sound Like A Lady' Tory MP Tells Andrew Neil In Live Interview Fail

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics

BBC presenter Andrew Neil was told he sounds “like a lady” by a Tory MP during a bizarre interview this afternoon. Technical gremlins meant Plymou...

Downing Street Indicates Climb Down Over PIP Cuts 'Proposal'

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics

Downing Street signalled a potential u-turn over cuts to disability benefits this morning as David Cameron’s official spokeswoman claimed the plan w...

The Waugh Zone March 17, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday March 17, 2016… 1) THE LONG AND UNWINDING ROAD George Osborne (via a Leeds primary school) and ...

30% Of Osborne's Cuts Come From Disability Benefit

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Politics

George Osborne was accused of slashing welfare to fund tax breaks for the rich after it emerged that nearly a third of all his Budget cuts will come f...

My Message to George - Protect Disabled People from Benefit Cuts

Mark Lever | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Lever

David Cameron has spoken of his belief in a 'compassionate nation' - one that protects the most vulnerable. If his Government is serious about this, they need to make sure that they protect all disability benefits and housing benefit for younger disabled people. Only then will people on the autism spectrum receive the support they need to live independent and fulfilling lives.

Taxing Disability

Lisa Egan | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

Not satisfied with canning the lowest rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care, or reducing the distance one can walk from 50m to 20m in order to be able to qualify for its successor benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP)...

Sick And Disabled Suffering Due To IDS' Benefits 'Fiasco'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics

Thousands of terminally ill and disabled Britons have been caused unnecessary suffering due to Iain Duncan Smith's "shocking" flagship benefits plans,...

Waiting to Benefit

Ciaran Devane | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Ciaran Devane

Jodie is 31 and lives in London, last October she was given the devastating news that she had breast cancer. A few weeks later she was told it had spread to her bones. She had to give up work almost immediately and suddenly found herself with barely enough money to live on. Jodie was advised by her nurse to apply for the Personal Independence Payment, the UK's main disability benefit, which would offer her some financial support. She applied in November, but seven months on and she is still waiting to find out if she is eligible. She is now at crisis point, struggling to pay for day-to-day expenses such as food and bills. This is unacceptable.

Iain Duncan Smith: Using Disabled People as Guinea Pigs Since June 2013

Sheila Gilmore | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Gilmore

PIP has been available to new claimants since June 2013. Most of those who are currently on DLA will not go through the reassessment process until October 2015. However those whose award runs out before that date or whose circumstances change will still be called in, potentially piling delay upon delay.

Personal Independence Payment: More Haste, Less Speed

Sheila Gilmore | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Gilmore

DWP Ministers once more find themselves making a virtue out of a necessity as they announced on Saturday that the roll out of Personal Independence Payment would be slower than planned.

What PIP Might Have Looked Like, if Tories Read Their Own History

Stef Benstead | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

A new disability benefit should reflect the policy intent that the important factor is not the medical condition but the effect that it has on people's care and mobility needs.

Twenty Metres Stand Between People Living Life and Simply Existing

Claire Nurden | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Politics
Claire Nurden

If claimants can walk more than just 20metres (as opposed to the previous 50metres under DLA) - about the length of two buses, even using aids like sticks - they will no longer qualify for the highest rate of the benefit. It's a cruel twist in that achieving your end goal actually leaves you with nothing.

Bedding Out: When Taking to Your Bed Is Both Activism and Art

Jo Verrent | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jo Verrent

The cuts are hideous. There have been protests and petitions and a growing argument within the disability movement about the nature of activism. For me, Bedding Out also asks is getting angry and shouting the only way to affect change?

Disability Campaigners To March Against 'Devastating' Welfare Changes

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

Campaigners representing tens of thousands of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are to lobby the government over welfare changes they claim will res...

An Open Letter to David Cameron

Lisa Egan | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

Yo Dave! I know you're a bit busy, but I was wondering if you could help me out with something? I like to think I'm fairly clever and that my comprehension is pretty good but I'm having a bit of trouble with the blog post you wrote here on Thursday.