PIP changes – an update

We were delighted to get a prompt response from Debbie Abrahams saying that she is fighting tooth and nail.
Debbie was on BBC TV earlier – with this clip captured and posted online:

We have been pleased to see the amount of media coverage this issue has received today. It has been a fast moving situation and we hope that the changes will be killed in the Lords:
http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2017/02/27/will-the-lords-kill-pip-eligibility-cuts/

However, Tim Farron of the Liberal Democrats has tabled a motion seeking to block the changes. We hope MPs from all parties support this motion, but we are concerned that this would prevent the process in the Lords described above.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/27/may-adviser-george-freeman-regrets-benefits-disabled-people-anxiety

George Freeman has expressed regrets for his comments:
http://www.welfareweekly.com/may-adviser-regrets-saying-benefits-should-only-go-to-really-disabled-people/
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/here-conditions-dont-make-you-9925399

PIP changes – parity?

Dismayed by the newly announced changes to PIP, we have sent the following to Debbie Abrahams, as the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. We look forward to her reply which we will share here.

Hi there Debbie,

It seems a long time since Frances and I met you for tea in Portcullis House.

We are dismayed by the government decision to change the PIP regulations to get round the court ruling.

The government say from 16 March the law will be changed so that the words “For reasons other than psychological distress” will be added to the start of descriptors c, d and f in relation to “Planning and following journeys”.

They promised us parity for mental health. Now they are introducing phrases like “For reasons other than psychological distress”. How can that ever give parity to mental health if psychological conditions are discounted?

We really hope you will help fight this with us.

Pat x

Pat’s Petition