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

  • This is persecution of the physical and mentally disabled, ...some people were told that they would be on DLA for life , and now have that right taken away ...outrageous !!!!
  • The ATOS medicals held in sports buildings not fit for purpose only a chair in the room,What if your condition is painful to sit answer you have failed sitting putting up with the pain.Also to far for disabled to walk-on wheelchairs available .people struggling to the medical room in severe pain is beyond a joke
  • basic distrust of this governments motives

Updates

2017-06-14 08:39:35 +0100

Whilst there is growing opposition to the DUPcon coalition https://www.change.org/p/may-out-no-coalition-with-the-dup-winston-stuartjrveaney, as for PMTM, it would be 'unusual' for us, given the history, to think austerity as usual wasn't her preferred trajectory...

We urge all people with disabilities, lone parents of children with disabilties and all other people left vulnerable by cuts to continue to share this campaign on Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn etc.

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

2017-06-09 10:51:10 +0100

Many, many thanks to everyone sharing our vision for social justice and for this action in particular... but we're not out of the woods yet and we still need everyone to keep on sharing... as far and as widely as humanly possible. The momentum IS with us (!)

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, dementia tax etc etc and cuts to legal aid and Law Centres to challenge many types of social security 'decisions,' with consequent negative effect on e.g. so-called Council Tax discount, and cuts to (along with privatization of) the NHS etc is, in reality, a high tax kinda thing. We are being bled - but not for the things of which we approve.

They've also slashed eligibility for 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 and terrorism and Policing... it's chaos.

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