Personal Independence Payment

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...

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 06.07.2016 | 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)...