PIP misery for people with Parkinson's
Approximately 1,000 people with Parkinson's have lost some or all of their financial support this year, due to the government's broken Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment.
Of the 4,000 people with Parkinson's that have undergone reassessment from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP, around a quarter have either received less support, or lost it altogether – despite the fact their condition will never improve.
This is according to figures launched today (Wednesday 13 December) from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
A person with Parkinson's explains:
"How can an award for a degenerative condition be taken away when my illness has gotten worse? The face-to-face quizzing is not good for my anxiety."
The figures also show that almost half the number of people with a disability have lost some or all of their support following reassessment from DLA to PIP.
However, it is expected that it will take around another year to reassess all eligible DLA claimants for PIP.
Phil Reynolds, Senior Policy and Campaigns Adviser at Parkinson's UK says:
"With around a year to go until the government aims to move everyone over to PIP, this nonsensical, head-in-the-sand approach needs to stop.
"The government must urgently recognise the system is failing people and make changes now by fixing the broken assessment process and improving assessors' training before more lives are ruined."
Help us take action
We recently launched a petition calling on the government to protect people with Parkinson's from these stressful and unnecessary reassessments.
Please sign and share our petition today to help improve PIP for people with Parkinson's.