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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Did DWP Change Criteria To Assessing Personal Independence Payments (PIP)?

Did DWP Change Criteria To Assessing Personal Independence Payments (PIP)?

Mr. Mike Penning
Minister of State for Disabled People
Department for Work and Pensions
Caxton House
Tothill Street
Dear Mr. Penning,

I am a 57-year-old Disability Studies specialist and disability activist from Montreal, Canada who has been reporting frequently and voluntarily, since January 2012, to senior United Nations officials on the welfare crisis for the United Kingdom's sick and disabled.
As you know, Personal Independence Payments (PIP) helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability if you’re aged 16 to 64.

I am concerned that the DWP may have recently changed the criteria to assessing PIP and would appreciate your comments on the veracity of the following information contained in this blog piece:
On another matter, I am distressed by this news story:, and would most grateful if the DWP would reverse its decision on humanitarian grounds.
Please note this comment (below the story) from Ben Godsland, the father of the seriously ill baby:

Just to clear a few things up, we can afford to have children we were both working full time, but due to poppy ariving early and haveing to come home on a drip for 12 hours every day my wife had to leave work, be medicaly trained to car efor our daughter, hence loosing one wage. we have never claimed benefits prior to this and require them to help with our daughters care, also we have not chosen what benefits we have they were given, also if we loose the DLA we loose the others too, we have appealed it, and given them lots of medical evidence, the story is the fact that we are loosing it over a NON medical person choosing to take it from us, they say she is a normal child, i dont know any normall child that has a sergical line in a main artery and that can go from fine to bleeding out in seconds if she was to pull it, also what normal baby is hooked up to two drip bags 12 hours a day?? thank you for all the comments and hope this clears a few things up. Ben
In closing, I thank you for your consideration in these matters and look forward to your e-mail reply.

Best wishes.
Samuel Miller
Blog: Hephaestus: Disability Studies
Blog: My Disability Studies Blackboard
(Montreal, Canada)

Cc: Jorge Araya
Secretary of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Groups in Focus Section
Human Rights Treaties Division
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Tel: +41 22 917 9106
Fax: +41 22 917 9008

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