22 December 2011
As reported on 3 October 2011, the APPG on M.E. met on 25 October 2011 with a focus on Welfare Reform.
Key points made were:
- Plans for Universal Credit could be positive if indeed they deliver the simpler, more efficient system promised.
- Disability Living Allowance is a greatly valued benefit for people with M.E.Early evidence from people who volunteered to help the DWP test PIP assessment criteria suggests that the criteria did not fairly assess the challenges faced by people with M.E.
- It is hoped that the mistakes of the WCA will not be repeated.
If the proposal to withdraw benefits from claimants who undertake the appeals process is seen through, this would be catastrophic for people with M.E.
The Group also agreed to seek a meeting of a delegation of the APPG with Chris Grayling MP as was done successfully with Paul Burstow MP. Read the minutes in full.
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