MP criticises benefit system that is not only ‘cruel and unfair’ but based on a broken promise

Emma Hardy MP [Image: Hull Daily Mail].

This Writer is pretty sure epilepsy is one of the long-term illnesses whose sufferers were told they would not face re-assessment by Damien Green last October.

It’s a pity he was lying, really, isn’t it?

I’m also pretty sure Multiple Sclerosis was on the list too.

Admittedly, the exemptions only apply to re-assessments, but I wonder how Emma Hardy will feel when she discovers that many of the people she wishes to represent are victims of a huge, broken Tory promise.

A Hull MP has pledged to help sufferers of epilepsy who are being treated ‘cruelly and unfairly’ by a new benefits system.

Emma Hardy, who was elected as the new MP for Hull West and Hessle in June’s general election, believes that those with disabilities have suffered after the introduction of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in 2013.

The ex-teacher thinks that applications for PIP are being rushed through and often result in the claimant not receiving their full benefit.

Mrs Hardy’s views come after it was revealed that almost one in three people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have had their disability payments downgraded or denied after being reassessed for PIP.

The MS Society found that people with the disease have received at least £6m less since Personal Independence Payment (PIP) started to replace the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in 2013.

She said: “I am going to be submitting questions and I’m trying to arrange at the moment a Westminster Hall debate on the level of epilepsy and PIPs being turned down.”

Source: Hull MP criticises ‘cruel and unfair’ benefits system – Hull Daily Mail

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