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Applying for PIP and ESA: share your story

October 13, 2017

Our Head of Communications and Policy will be speaking on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme today about the challenges facing people with M.E. who apply for welfare benefits, specifically Personal Independence Payment (PIP). 

The programme starts at 12.15 and you can listen to it online live or later.

If you have M.E. and have applied for PIP, or Employment Support Allowance (ESA), you can share your experience by taking part in our short survey (open until 9am Monday 6 November). We will use this data to inform our submission to the Work and Pensions Committee’s latest inquiry into PIP and ESA.

The Committee is undertaking its this inquiry following concerns about the disparity between how claimants recalled the assessment process and the final report. Claimants who go on to appeal against their initial assessment decision are successful in 65% of cases.

In particular, the Committee will be looking at:

  • whether assessors have sufficient understanding of a wide range of physical and mental health conditions
  • the dignity and conduct of the assessment process
  • why claimants go on to appeal their initial assessment outcome.