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People with multiple sclerosis are the latest to be demonstrably victimised by assessors for the new Personal Independence Payment benefit, which has replaced Disability Living Allowance.

When Tories introduce a change in the benefit system, it can only be in order to inflict harm on claimants – and that is certainly the case with PIP, a benefit that This Site has suggested should be renamed Starve The Disabled (STD).

Eligibility criteria for the benefit have been narrowed – not because they made it possible for people who did not deserve state benefits to claim them, but because the Conservatives wanted to cut the benefit budget.

Benefits are paid according to the amount of cash available, rather than a claimant’s health and needs.

And a review of the way the benefit is administered ignored evidence that proved assessors are dishonestly misrepresenting claimants’ health conditions.

All of these could contribute to the £6 million per year cut in PIP payments to people with MS. These are people who will never get better, yet the Department for Work and Pensions is claiming their conditions no longer exist, in order to deny them their benefit.

This Site says the DWP has long been unfit for purpose and should be replaced with a better system, along with all its unfair benefits and corrupt assessors.

Cruel Tory changes to disability benefit have stripped £6million a year from multiple sclerosis sufferers.

New figures [from the MS Society] … show MS suffers who moved from the old Disability Living Allowance onto a new system, Personal Independence Payments.

Officials downgraded or denied help to nearly a third of 8,800 MS sufferers who were reassessed for PIP in the three years to October 2016.

These sufferers were in the group receiving the highest payments to cope with reduced mobility.

In a second group, known as ‘daily living’, 3,400 people receiving the most help were reassessed of which 800 had support downgraded or denied.

The MS Society estimates this cut was worth £4.9million a year in lost benefits for the first group and £1.1million a year for the second.

Read more: Cruel Tory disability benefit changes strip £6million a year from people with multiple sclerosis


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