Terminally-ill cancer patients among hundreds appealing PIP decisions

A Suffolk MP has pledged to take up disability benefit problems with ministers after this newspaper revealed how hundreds of disabled people in the region had been wrongly stripped of money.

Cancer charity Macmillan said even terminally-ill people in Suffolk had been forced to go before tribunals to get the benefit called Personal Independence Payments (PIP) back.

As reported yesterday, around two thirds of claimants who appeal decisions to take away their PIP in Norfolk and Suffolk are successful. PIP was introduced by the Government in 2013 to replace Disability Living Allowance and cut the welfare bill.

But claimants said the PIP assessments, where they are given points to decide whether or not they qualify for the benefit of up to £141 a week, causes stress and frustration.

Macmillan’s benefits manager for Suffolk, Cathy Cunningham Elliot, said it was vital cancer patients had timely access to financial help.

Peter Aldous, Conservative MP for Waveney, said he would be taking up PIP problems with Government ministers.

“In the past four to five months there has been a significant increase in the number of people who have come to see us who have failed PIP assessments and they shouldn’t have failed to my mind,” he said. “The fact they are ultimately successful in appeals would indicate the assessments which are currently taking place need to be reviewed. That is a point I’m making to the Government.”

read more here: http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/conservative-mp-pledges-to-take-up-pip-problems-with-ministers-1-5114255

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