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 have just been refused PIP even though I have been disabled since 1998 ( an undiagnosed condition overlooked many times by doctors). I could not believe the blatant lies told by the assessor. I am a single pensioner with no family. I can't tell you how scared I am. I have one more appeal open to me. After that, I really don't know what to do. There will be no Christmas for me.
  • I have lost everything and have nothing I can't get PIP because I supposedly don't tick the pip boxes! I payed taxes and NI when I could work and now I am having to beg my government for money?!? It's disgusting, PIP is designed by someone who obviously has no medical training and it's also designed for one specific type of illness when every illness is different. The so called 'health professional' that assesses you is usually a paramedic who has less training than a GP.
  • PIP is discriminatory and designed by government

Updates

2017-12-01 15:39:41 +0000

Together we have built an ACTIVE campaign ~ but to achieve influence we need to keep posting or twitting or whatever ~ and please take it as read A MASSIVE THANKS ~ I don't even get updates from 38 ~~ GO WELL & BLESSINGS ~~ Siobhan

2017-12-01 11:11:41 +0000

You probably haven’t heard of Govcoin because the tories have been very discrete about trials of it. Govcoin, intent on “disrupting” welfare state provision, has been working with DWP since early 2016 to develop a blockchain "solution" for social security payments.

So how does it work?

Govcoin aims to virtually mimic the jam-jar method. This involves benefits being paid – not in pounds and pence – but in the form of a cryptocurrency, similar to Bitcoin.

This is significant because cryptocurrencies transacted on a blockchain can harbour additional potentially valuable data regarding the person “spending” it. Using benefit claimants’ data in this way is highly cynical.

2017-11-29 09:21:40 +0000

21 minutes…

Just 21 minutes after the royal engagement story broke, the tories announced that social pay (aka 'benefits') will be frozen for the next 12 months. And it means the average working family will lose around £315 a year in real terms.

But because of the timing, it’s possible that many people may have missed this news. This freeze will enable the tories to spend an additional £3.9bn a year by 2019/20 on their sub to the NewWOPP (New World Order paranoia project.) But it will plunge millions further into poverty. Food prices are already at a “four year high” and Brexit could lead to a further 33% rise.

The move comes as another report has shown that economic inequality in the UK is higher than ever.

2017-11-28 16:39:23 +0000

Please see https://twitter.com/imajsaclaimant/status/928767192514072576 and either weep or get active... we can only win this if we keep at them ~ can expect no one to rescue us from the comfy, soggy boggy middle ground [ nod, wink]

2017-11-11 09:42:26 +0000

"Only in August, the Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Theresia Degener, said the UK government had created a ‘human catastrophe’ for disabled people, where society viewed them as ‘parasites,' living on social benefits… and [living on] the taxes of other people."

https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2017/11/10/viewers-noticed-something-curious-happening-background-last-nights-question-time-showdown-video/

2017-08-22 11:09:28 +0100

The teflon tory regime responds to UN condemnation of its treatment of UK disabled people... gives it the finger...

For some disabled people unable to work outside the home, they have taken away all of our monetary support. We aren't disabled at all according to their hired 'experts.' People's comments as a result are harrowing...

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...

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