Personal Independence Payment

PIP: The Truth Is Out

Mik Scarlet | Posted 17.09.2017 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

The government claimed that PIP would be a fairer benefit which would help more disabled people and assist in the fight against fraud. From the outset however, disabled people raised their voices in concern, and ever since there has been a growing clamour of stories from people who have been failed by the new PIP assessment process... No matter how you spin the latest statistics, for those who the Personal Independence Payment was designed to help it's been a nightmare. Isn't it time that the voices of disabled people were listened to, and this failed benefit change was over turned?

Disability Benefit Reforms Are Actually Making People More Ill, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK

A new benefits system for disabled people is making their health worse, leaving many isolated and struggling to pay for food and bills, according to a...

£6m A Year Taken From Those Living With MS Under Personal Independence Payment

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK

The introduction of Personal Independence Payment has left thousands living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) without vital care and support, potentially s...

My PIP Diary Part Four - The Stacked Deck

Mik Scarlet | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

They are who PIP was designed to help. Yet we are thrust into a situation where we are having to fight to prove our impairments, battle to describe what that they mean to our lives and give out deeply personal and private information to anyone who asks.

My PIP Diary Part Three - The Confusion Of The Assessors

Mik Scarlet | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

How many people would just accept a lower award terrified at the chance losing the payments all together or requiring an infamous face to face assessment? The government claims PIP was introduced to make the process "fairer and more affordable". I think it's clear the emphasis is on affordable. So now I wait for another letter, to see what the outcome is of my challenge to the PIP decision.

These Are The Real Stories Of People Affected By Disability Benefit Cuts

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK

It’s become one of the toughest encounters Theresa May has had to endure in the general election campaign so far. “The fat cats keep the money an...

Voter Cathy Slams Theresa May Over Disability Benefit Cuts

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May has been subjected to a tongue-lashing by a voter complaining about Tory cuts to disability benefits. Cathy, who has learning difficulties...

My PIP Diary Part Two - The Battle Through Paperwork Mountain

Mik Scarlet | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

I now am gripped by a fear that a benefit that ensures I can work, as it funds my car through the Motability scheme, may be taken away from me. With the horror stories of people with obvious impairments that equally make walking impossible losing their PIP funding it is a real possibility. Of course looking on the bright side, with my medical records having so many mistakes in them, I'm damn lucky I'm here at all!

My P.I.P. Diary - The Saga Begins

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

As I was helped out of the bath, I admitted to my wife how I was feeling and she hugged me. She told me I was not a burden, yet I can't under estimate how much beginning the PIP application process has impacted on my confidence and mental health

With Fresh Restrictions On Personal Independence Payments, The Tories Continue Their Assault On Disabled People

Corri Wilson | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Corri Wilson

With the chaos of a hard Tory Brexit looming - and the continuing obsession with austerity and scapegoating of minority groups that this will bring - we must continue to hold this Government to account and fight for a fairer society for disabled people.

PIP Is Vital But The Insecurity Is 'Overwhelming'

Mark Atkinson | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Atkinson

We are calling on the government to rethink its decision. Before making any further changes to PIP the government must urgently address the very real concerns that disabled people have and reform the PIP assessment so that it accurately captures the extra costs disabled people face.

The Waugh Zone March 2, 2017

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, March 2… 1) BREXIT RIGHTS AND WRONGS Within minutes of the House of Lords defeat on ‘unilatera...

This Is How Much Two Private Companies Earn From Fit-For-Work Assessments

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK

Two private companies have earned more than half a billion pounds over four years conducting fit-for-work assessments of disability benefit claimants....

IDS Falls On His Sword - So?

John Watson | Posted 27.03.2017 | 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 23.03.2017 | 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 19.03.2017 | 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 22.03.2017 | 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...