PIP cuts scrapped
Yesterday (21 March) the Government announced that it was scrapping plans to cut Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – a financial lifeline for people with Parkinson's.
Further cuts also unlikely
This means that planned changes to make PIP more difficult to claim by cutting points, will not be going ahead from 2017.
Further cuts to PIP in the near future are also much less likely. The Government has said that the money it had expected to save from making these cuts will not come out of the budget for disability benefits.
Your campaigning made a difference
This huge success is thanks to your continued support for our welfare campaigning work. This has helped MPs from all parties speak out about the need to protect people with Parkinson's from damaging cuts.
Parkinson's UK has campaigned actively against cuts to PIP, since they were proposed in December 2015. Some of our activity included:
- submitting a highly critical response to proposals to make PIP more difficult to claim, for people who rely on aids and appliances
- speaking out in the national press - including The Guardian, The Mirror and The Sun
- appearing live on BBC Victoria Derbyshire (1 hour in), The World at One on BBC Radio 4 (15 minutes in) and on BBC Radio Five Live (1 hour 41 minutes in) to warn of the harmful impacts of PIP cuts to people with Parkinson's
Common sense prevailed
Phil Reynolds, Policy and Campaigns Advisor at Parkinson's UK, said:
"People with Parkinson's will be hugely relieved by this decision. Common sense and compassion have prevailed, and we're pleased to see that the Government has listened to people's genuine fears and taken action.
I would like to thank all of our supporters, who have campaigned so tirelessly to demonstrate why financial support for people with Parkinson's is so vital. This is an important day for people with Parkinson's who rely on PIP to help them manage the costs of their condition."
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