Tories change rules on PIP because they want to cut the benefits budget, not help people

It’s obvious, really.

If a court has ruled that the rules pertaining to payment of a particular social security benefit must be interpreted in a particular way – to make them fair for claimants – and the government of the day then changes those rules to make the judgement irrelevant, then that government is admitting it does not want to help people who need it.

The Conservatives (for they are to blame) are also telling us that they will continually redefine “the most needy” to fit the requirements of their budget, rather than those of the ill and/or disabled.

We may reasonably expect those requirements to be dictated by any desire to make tax cuts for the rich.

Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Debbie Abrahams, had it right when she made her response. She said:

“Instead of listening to the court’s criticisms of personal independence payment assessments and correcting these injustices, the Government has instead decided to undermine the legal basis of the rulings.

“This is an unprecedented attempt to subvert an independent tribunal judgment by a government with contempt for judicial process.

“By shifting the goalposts, the Tory government will strip entitlements from over 160,000 disabled people, money which the courts believe is rightfully theirs.

“This is a step too far, even for this Tory government. Labour will stand with disabled people, who have already borne the brunt of seven years of austerity, in fighting this injustice.”


Around 160,000 disabled people will be stripped of benefits entitlements after the Government shifted the goalposts to deal with legal rulings, according to Labour.

A tribunal said personal independence payments (PIP) claimants with psychological problems who cannot travel without help must be treated like those who are blind.

Claimants who need support to take medication should be assessed the same way as those managing therapies like dialysis at home, it also ordered.

Penny Mordaunt insisted urgent reforms were needed following the upper tribunal rulings and said she would not be referring them for review to a specialist committee.

The disabilities minister said she was reforming the payments to “restore the original aim of the benefit” to make sure the most needy were given support.

Mrs Mordaunt said: “Two recent upper tribunal judgments have broadened the way the PIP assessment criteria should be interpreted, going beyond the original intention.

“In order to make sure the initial purpose of PIP is maintained, we are making drafting amendments to the criteria which provide greater clarity.”

Source: Care Appointments | DWP ‘shifting goalposts’ on PIP will hit 160,000 disabled people, say Labour

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6 thoughts on “Tories change rules on PIP because they want to cut the benefits budget, not help people

  1. autismandate

    We need a big and sustained punch from Corbyn on this whole disability and social care “cleansing”. We live in a “sick” Country that doesnt care about disability or social care.

  2. Fibro confused

    Have to hope that they’re made to retract this before they make it law, their crusade against disabled people is slowly getting noticed by the general public, keep up the good work Mike.

  3. Barry Davies

    Well we had 6 years of cameron’s for hardworking people mantra so we know that anyone not classified as being whatever hardworking means which apparently is not anyone who is unemployed sick incapacitated and disabled, who clearly the tory government were against, the mantra has struck a chord and now this group of people are considered to be parasites taking money out of hardworking peoples pockets when the truth is the tax cuts for the rich have taken it from this vulnerable group, and people who should know better still think benefit street was factual for every benefit claimant.

  4. Lee

    They just want us to die. They may get their wish when people like me feel suicidal and worrying for the future.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Do NOT give in to suicidal thoughts.
      That is exactly what the Tories want because then you are off their books and they can claim the death is nothing to do with their policies.
      If you feel like a burden to them, BE a burden to them! They are causing you enough trouble, aren’t they? I mean, if you’ve been pushed so far you might actually try to take your own life, I would say that is indicative of being caused more trouble than you deserve – and by people who should be helping you.
      NEVER let them have an easy time of it.
      FIGHT them, tooth and claw.
      I know it’s hard because I have done it. But defiance is the only way.

  5. John Myers

    Well how can there be any1 surprised by this? This is the Tory party that means there’s no change in any of the usual attacks on society of the worst off people in this land god help us if the Labour Party can’t turn the tide, the numbskulls that take the Torys at thier word! Even when they’ve never been known 2 tell the truth.maybe not you 2day but 2morrows a different story! It’s time 4 mass demonstrations even anarchy it’s all that’s left. 4 people that have no intent 2 lessen the burden on the poor etc.

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