Disability Benefits Consortium

Responding to today’s Budget announcement that Government will reduce the points awarded to aids and appliances for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in the areas of continence and dressing and undressing, Phil Reynolds, Policy and Campaigns Advisor at Parkinson’s UK and Disability Benefits Consortium Co-Chair said:

 ‘Disabled people will be deeply disappointed and worried by the Chancellor’s decision to weaken the support provided by Personal Independence Payment, making it even more difficult to claim.

People who rely on aids and appliances to help them achieve daily activities like dressing themselves, or to avoid an episode of incontinence clearly need financial support to help them maintain their independence and participate in society.

These changes could have harmful consequences for the health and independence of the 640,000 affected disabled people, and significant cost implications for the NHS and local authority social care services as a result.

The prospect of further reform will add…

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