The Government’s announced changes to Personal Independence Payments. Instead of listening to the court’s criticisms of Personal Independence Payment assessments and correcting these injustices, the Government has instead decided to undermine the legal basis of the rulings.
Some 2600 people are on PIP in Middlesbrough. The Tories are failing to give support to those who need it most. They must ensure that all assessments are undertaken fairly and by appropriately trained specialist staff.
The independent tribunal decision shows how the PIP assessment process is just not fit for purpose. This is an unprecedented attempt to subvert the tribunal judgement by a Government with contempt for judicial process.
By shifting the goal posts, the Tory Government will exclude over 164,000 disabled people from PIP support, risking them falling into debt and increasing their isolation.
This is a step too far, even for this Tory Government. Labour will stand with disabled people, who have already borne the brunt of seven years of austerity, in fighting this injustice.
A petition calling on the Government to scrap these cuts can be found at https://donation.labour.org.uk/index.php/actions/pip ”
MIddlesbrough residents can find more information on PIP at: https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/benefits-and-council-tax/welfare-reform/personal-independence-payment-pip