Campaigners call for end to progressive condition PIP reassessments

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MPs and charities are lobbying against continued Personal Independence Payments (PIP) reassessments for people with progressive conditions.

According to new figures, around 3,500 people with progressive conditions were reassessed for benefits between April and October last year, potentially impacting on expenditure on mobility aids.

Thousands of people with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease have already undergone retesting last year, according to figures from the Department of Work and Pensions and obtained by Bridgend MP, Madeleine Moon.

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The DWP told the Guardian that the reviews ensure that patients receive benefits in line with their disabilities. “PIP is an interactive benefit, designed to ensure any changes in a claimant’s functional ability can be identified and that they receive the right support at the right time,” a spokesperson told the newspaper.

It is feared that benefit reassessments could mean thousands of people losing financial support for their conditions and by extension, unable to purchase much needed mobility aids.

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