September 14, 2017
“I was too unwell to appeal, knowing that the extra stress would cause further relapse.”
That’s the experience of just one person with M.E. who inputted into the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC)’s new report on Personal Independent Payment (PIP), published today.
Supporting those who need it most? is based on the findings of DBC charity members and 1,730 claimants, including some with M.E., highlighting the failure of PIP to adequately support them.
You can take action by sending the report directly to your MP; all you need to do is enter your name, postcode and email address, which will produce a template email you can review and amend before sending
The report shows that:
It also recommends a number of measures to improve the delivery of PIP, which include that assessors should be obligated to review all supporting evidence provided by a claimant, and that direct responsibility from the Department of Work and Pensions should be established for assessment quality, among others.
The report is being launched today to coincide with the autumn party conferences where the DBC will give a briefing on PIP. Action for M.E. will take part in further DBC initiatives throughout the year to continue to highlight issues with this welfare benefit and the potentially devastating consequences for people with M.E.