New research shows the stressful assessment process for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is making people's conditions worse.
The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), which is co-chaired by Parkinson’s UK, has launched the 'Supporting Those Who Need it Most?' report, which examines the findings of a survey of over 1,700 disabled people and people with long-term conditions who have made a PIP claim.
Stressful claims process
The research found that almost 90% of respondents described their assessment as 'stressful' and over 75% of respondents agreed that the stress and anxiety associated with their PIP assessment had made their condition worse.
Although PIP is a lifeline for disabled people to help them manage the extra costs they face, too many people have reported that assessors do not understand their conditions. And many people have lost the vital support they received for years with Disability Living Allowance (DLA), which was replaced by PIP.
Get a grip on PIP
Diane, who has Parkinson's, explains:
"I was absolutely gobsmacked when the letter came. To be told I had improved when I’m living with a condition that is only going to get worse was horrible."
Parkinson's UK Senior Policy and Campaigns Adviser and DBC Co-Chair Phil Reynolds says:
"PIP is designed to help people manage the extra costs they face, but in too many cases people are either missing out on this support altogether, or facing an absolute nightmare when making a claim.
"We need the Government to get a grip on PIP now, so that everyone can access the support they need first time."
Support our campaign by writing to your MP about the importance of making urgent improvements to PIP.