The DWP has sneaked in a dangerous consultation, which if we don’t all challenge the thinking and publicise on social media, our MPs and wherever we can, could potentially rob us of the benefit on which so many rely. It’s been up since 10th Dec to 29th Jan).
Its on the everyday living component of PIP - AIDS and Appliances and gives a number of different scenarios for awarding; several of which would get rid of passporting and make claimants potentially subject to the benefit cap a further scenario is the option of vouchers ( look across to the USA which uses this system for ‘welfare’.
Be aware that 'consultations ’ are often just means of ticking the box before they do what they want anyway.
I have only just been made aware of this cynical move to sneak it under the radar as people planned for Xmas abs the New Year.
I am bewildered that despite the MSS campaign on welfare, MS: Enough, it’s not been blazoned all over the site. Nothing the DWP does under a Tory government is finance neutral - after the failure of their attack on Tax Credits ( tho they are still going to be under Universal Credit) meant that disabled people were most likely to be the next casualty. Yet I’ve read nothing in the mainstream media, or from 38 degrees, or for goodness sake from the Labour Party.
So I am contacting my MP, Corbyns office, the All Party Parliamentary Group, MSS CEO, Michelle Mitchel OBE and the media - anyone who can make a stink about it (and it does stunk) but WE ALL need to fight back.
I also wonder why it’s not a forum topic? Has it come up in another thread and I’ve missed it?
Aids and Appliances are apparently what scores claimants points ( DWP view: they shouldn’t) - never mind that a real disability makes them necessary. I’m flaming mad that I have to use my limited energy and ability to take in and respond to options that are designed to obfuscate and confuse, especially when cognition is shaky taking in new info and options as it us for so many of us ( see MS Trust for an excellent resource on that).
BTW Happy New Year!!?