(This could be a record for the speed at which fears voiced in a Vox Political article have been confirmed. Around an hour after I published what follows, I received the comment that now appears at the end of this article.
(Read the piece – and then check out what a disabled person told me about it.)
If you don’t know what Personal Independence Payment is, then you haven’t read this Site for very long. Or properly. Have a quick search; you’ll probably have to try Disability Living Allowance for the early years.
Done? Well, I’ll carry on anyway.
DWP minister Tom Pursglove (who?) has been telling other MPs that there are guidelines about the assessments carried out on people claiming PIP.
He said they’re intended to determine the “needs arising from a health condition or disability” – not the condition itself.
He said regular reviews are a “key feature of PIP”, in place to ensure “payments accurately match the current needs of claimants”.
(In reality, this often means that payments are withdrawn because claimants are determined to have magically got better. Alternatively, claimants are put through continuous reviews to find out if, say, the limbs they lost have grown back.)
So when Mr Pursglove said, “Claimants with very high levels of functional impairment who are on the highest PIP awards, and whose needs are only likely to increase, should receive an ongoing award of PIP, with a light touch review at the 10-year point,” I had a doubt.
If you actually searched back through This Site’s DLA and PIP articles, you’ll know my reasons.
Did you spot the cop-out words “should receive”?
He didn’t say people with degenerative conditions will receive an ongoing award, and he didn’t say they will get a light-touch review.
All we need is one claimant to come forward, say they have a degenerative condition and have not received this treatment, and the whole Tory/DWP house of falsehoods will fall down. Again.
ADDITIONAL: It took around one hour for that one claimant to come forward. In a comment on the Vox Political Facebook page, that person stated the following:
“Ha ha, is it bollox true. Just had my PIP review on a degenerative condition and they CUT my award. Took them three years from review letter to review interview. The system is designed not to work for the claimant. Have you ever tried ringing the PIP line? What a dysfunctional joke that is.”
So there you are: Pursglove debunked.
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