The Government has just appointed a full Minister of State, Mike Penning MP, for Disabled People: this is welcome. The Government has also now published its response to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and mobility consultation.
The Government previously announced it would cut eligibility for ‘high rate mobility’ support from people able to walk 50 metres to just 20 metres. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced the policy late in welfare reform plans but were forced to undertake a consultation after disabled people and organisations challenged the announcement, highlighting the devastating impact this policy would have – denying essential help to thousands of disabled people and carers helping with mobility/transport needs.
The Government decided – against the wealth of evidence provided by individual disabled people and disability organisations across the UK – to press ahead and axe help for people unable to travel 21 metres unaided. Read the…
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