Personal Independent Payments -
Supporting those who need it most?
A few years ago Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was brought in by the Government to replace Disability Living Allowance. PIP is a benefit designed to help people manage the extra costs they face because of their disability, but research by 80 disability charities who are members of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) - including NASS - has found that in too many cases, PIP is failing to support the people who need it most.
In a survey of over 1,700 people with long-term conditions, including AS, more than three quarters (79%) of respondents said that their assessment for PIP had made their health worse due to stress and anxiety. It is the first time that PIP has been evaluated in this way.
Will you take a minute to send our report to your MP?
We need the Government to read our findings and take on board our recommendations. We need MPs to make sure the Government listens. If you would like to support this campaign, please complete the e-action - it only takes a minute and will automatically generate an email with the report, sending it to your MP without the need to look for their details yourself.
NASS would like to thank our colleagues at the DBC, in particular Parkinson's UK and the MS Society, for their hard work in compiling the report and the e-action, and getting the message out there via the media. The DBC have also written an excellent blog highlighting the main issues in the report.