To: UK Government

Scrap PIP (Personal Independence Payment) & restore DLA (Disability Living Allowance.)

Scrap PIP (Personal Independence Payment) & restore DLA (Disability Living Allowance.)

1) Scrap PIP (Personal Independence Payment) & restore DLA (Disability Living Allowance.)

2) End Discrimination in Disability Benefit Assessments especially where invisible disabilities are the main or only presenting issue.

Why is this important?

http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/the-great-benefits-row-channel-4-dispatches

showed the extent of the problems faced by disabled people of all sorts in claiming Social Security Benefits. People with "invisible disabilities" e.g. mental health issues face particular problems in these assessments. I wrote a UK gov petition which was rejected on the ground that someone had created something 'similar.' I believe that to be a quite spurious response to the serious allegation,

"PIP assessments are not fit for purpose. They are especially unfit
where non-physical disability predominates. The result is that people
who used to qualify under DLA, and whose condition may actually have
deteriorated, are suddenly found not to fit the PIP 'criteria.'"

During the Channel 4 programme shown 11.4 2016, various people agreed
with the premise that PIP assessments are not fit for purpose. The
assessments are covert, superficial and unfair especially where mental
health is the presenting issue.

There is clear bias in these assessments and that constitutes discrimination against people with "invisible disabilities." If you agree then please sign the petition and pass it on to your friends and family and networks. Thank you.

How it will be delivered

In person via MP ~ if not then via press conference and email.


Reasons for signing

  • I'm one of few still on DLA, but I live in fear of PIP assessment coming finally to where I live or if I want to return to my home town. I know they switched over to PIP only first, I heard all the horror stories.
  • I signed because my Mum who was on life DLA got kicked off when it switched to PIP, my Partner has learning difficulties as well as other disabilities and I can see him losing what he's had most of his life, it needs to switch back for one simple reason if you're disabled on DLA you should be on PIP, the disabilites don't change, the carers still have to care for them, disabled means disabled, all thats changed is the government changed the rules as to what they regard as being disabled.
  • I have as yet to hear of anyone who has been treated fairly. This is an abomination to the sick & disabled people of this country. Stop it NOW, PLEASE.

Updates

2017-05-20 09:44:51 +0100

The current government, which likes to pretend it's a low-tax, small state kinda of thing is clearly in need of lots of our cash...

The current government with its imposition of pasty tax, bedroom tax etc and cuts to legal aid, many types of social security with consequent negative effect on so-called Council Tax discount, and cuts to (and privatization of) the NHS etc is in reality a high tax kinda thing. We are being bled.

They've slashed eligibility to Warm Home Discount https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/reverse-cuts-to-warm-home-discount and now find themselves in turmoil over winter fuel payment and inheritance.

2017-04-19 12:20:18 +0100

Well... June 9th... an opportunity for slashing more and more... (and more...)?

Thanks for signing. We urge all people with disabilities, lone parents of children with disabilties and all other people left vulnerable by cuts to share this campaign on Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn etc. Time is short!

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/mental-health-disability-benefit-assessments

2017-03-05 23:27:09 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2017-03-02 09:31:35 +0000

The recent comment about invisible disabilities not being 'real' http://www.itv.com/news/2017-02-26/theresa-mays-head-of-policy-criticised-over-pip-comments/ clearly demonstrates ingrained political dogma.

For what purpose do they "need" to claw back the little bit of social security that empowered and minimally compensated us? Where has our money gone?

The party I rejoined when it appeared to have rediscovered its bottle says it reversed these cuts... but they, driven in part by the crisis in capitalism, remain however one dresses it up. At the sharp end where we live they are vindictive, destructive of spirit... ultimately counterproductive. But that's neoCON-ism for you...

2017-02-24 13:08:53 +0000

The 'government' is smarting as a result of losing two Court cases re PIP last year. It seems it retaliated with plans to further tighten the eligibility criteria! That is nothing short of utterly despicable. We already know that if you can stand on one leg, whilst scratching your _ with your elbow and whistling dick c ~ then ATOS etc will find we aren't disabled at all and award "royaume uni nil pwong." Meanwhile MPs award themselves an inflation-busting PAY RISE ~ you couldn't make it up…

We want a future real government to recognize the financial needs of all people with disabilities, don't we? We will want them to scrap PIP (and DLA for that matter ~ we don't care what it's called!) and do the right thing.

see also: http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/10923/

2016-08-01 13:52:33 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-07-14 20:17:24 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-06-30 19:47:19 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-06-25 10:16:25 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-06-06 17:43:20 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-05-15 07:48:27 +0100

10 signatures reached