RULES AROUND PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENTS MAY CHANGE ON THURSDAY
On Thursday, the rules around Personal Independence Payments, which aids with the extra costs of a long-term condition or disability, will change.
Ministers have advised chief executives of over 30 charities which claimed that people will be left without vital financial support, to restrict access to a disability benefit.
The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) said about 160,000 people who have received Personal Independence Payments would be affected if the changes go on.
Phil Reynolds, the consortium co-chairman which is made up of charities such as Parkinson’s UK, The MS Society and Mind, said that the DBC has had their helpline and advice services inundated by calls about PIP since it was introduced. He also said:
“Instead of supporting disabled people, the benefits system seems increasingly rigged against them.
“The whole system needs urgent improvement, in order to accurately access the support they need. Disabled people cannot afford to wait.”
According to the government, £3.7bn would be saved by the new rules by 2023.
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