Posted on 07/01/2013

The PIP Debate Continues

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The PIP Debate Continues

How will the new transition to PIP affect the disabled?

With radical benefit changes coming into force this April, as Disability Living Allowance starts the transition to PIP (Personal Independence Payments), crossbench peer, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has made a stand for around 426,000 people who will potentially lose out through the changes.

In an interview with BBC Breakfast, the former Paralympic star spoke out against PIP

Baroness Grey-Thompson is against the change that could result in thousands of people having their benefits stopped or reduced. Under the new rules, claimants would have to show that they were unable to walk more than 20m, a much more stringent target than the current 50m benchmark.

Of course, it is about more than just the financial benefit with PIP, as Baroness Grey-Thompson explained. “If they don’t get help with their transport, getting their kids to school or getting to work, this radically changes how disabled people are able to integrate into society.” As a member of the all-party parliamentary disability group, she said that she would be asking the government to think again.

How many people will lose out from PIP?

The Department for Work and Pensions said that ‘broadly the same number of people’ would continue to get help with their mobility with PIP, but also admitted that the changes were aimed at saving around £2bn over the next few years. And the disabled may not be the only ones to lose out to the new restrictions, with the auto industry estimated to lose around 160,000 disability funded car sales per year. The only real winner could be the legal profession, with an avalanche of appeals expected when the new rules come into force.

At Nottingham Rehab Supplies, we appreciate the tight budget many of our customers are on, and work hard to keep our prices low, so that we can help as many people as possible to enjoy a more mobile life, whatever the benefit changes bring.

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