Don't take the PIP out of Parkinson's
22 October 2012
Over 12,000 people with Parkinson's
joined forces today to urge politicians to ensure people with the
condition don't lose vital financial support.
Our petition, which was handed to the Government today, warns
that when Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
is reformed into the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), it
must meet the needs of people with Parkinson's.
People with Parkinson's making their voices heard
Alun Morgan, Parkinson's UK trustee for Wales, was part of the
group handing in the petition. He says:
"People with Parkinson's like me have enough to deal with,
without getting a raw deal from the benefits system.
"I'm really proud that we surpassed our goal of 9,000
signatures - one for every working-age person with Parkinson's
who could be affected by further cuts.
"It's fantastic that so many of us ready to stand up and make
our voices heard."
Image: Martin King and Alun Morgan (far left and right),
representatives of Parkinson's UK on our welfare reform steering
group, with Baroness Gale and Steve Ford, our chief
Support from Baroness Gale
Baroness Gale, chair of the All Party
Parliamentary Group for Parkinson's, also added her support
today. She said:
"The petition sends a clear message that Parkinson's has to be
fully understood and taken into account by the people making
changes to benefits.
"It’s a crucial time to speak up next month when politicians
will be asked to vote on what the new benefit, PIP, should look
The Hardest Hit
This week we're joining join other charities and disability
groups in a week of action,
organised by the Hardest Hit, to call for a fair benefits
major report - The Tipping Point - found that 8 in 10 disabled
people believe that losing their Disability Living Allowance would
drive them into isolation, and would leave them struggling to
manage their condition.
And 9 in 10 fear that losing Disability Living Allowance would
be detrimental to their health.
Find out more
There are lots of ways you can support the Hardest Hit week of
action. You can
email your MP and tell them why people with Parkinson's need a fair
Or you can join one of the many events taking place across the
UK. Find out more on the Hardest Hit
Or contact us on 020 7963 9349 or email email@example.com