Over 30 charity chief executives call on Minister to rethink damaging PIP changes

Disability Benefits Consortium

Today (15th March) the Chief Executives of over 30 charities and organisations have written an open letter to Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Penny Mordaunt, urging her not to proceed with damaging changes to Personal Independence Payments.

Imminent controversial changes to the eligibility criteria for PIP will leave at least 160,000 disabled people and those with long-term conditions without access to this vital financial support.

Research from the charity Scope shows that disabled people spend an average of £550 a month on disability related expenditure, including increased energy bills, specialist equipment and insurance. PIP helps to cover these essential and unavoidable extra costs faced by disabled people.

The letter makes clear those with mental health issues, learning disabilities and autism face just as severe barriers and costs as those with other conditions – which recent changes by the Minister fundamentally failed to acknowledge.

Signed by 30 members of…

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