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Experiences of PIP claimants needed for new inquiry

March 21, 2017

Action for M.E. has been asked to submit evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Frank Field MP, Chair of the Committee, wrote to Action for M.E.’s Chief Executive Sonya Chowdhury to invite written evidence on the experiences of people with M.E. going through the PIP assessment process.

We have been asked to address:

  • if the current assessment process for PIP is conducive to accurate decision-making
  • whether staff conducting assessments possess sufficient expertise, and use additional evidence appropriately
  • if the assessment method is appropriate for claimants with M.E.

Our written submission will outline how the PIP assessment process is ill-suited to people with M.E. and how claimants frequently receive incorrect outcomes. We will also highlight best practice and the difference this can make.

We would like to include a detailed case study that would illustrate some of these points. If you have been through the PIP assessment process in the past year, and feel able to answer some questions about your experience, please contact us by email by 29 March.

This stage of the inquiry follows on from a one-off oral evidence session the Committee held on 6 March 2017. At this session, the Committee heard from a number of representatives from the voluntary and community sector about the problems claimants had faced in completing PIP assessments and receiving accurate decisions.