PIP scheme 'inhumane' and must be changed, MP warns

The Government's flagship disability benefit is 'inhumane' and 'in need of urgent change', a Labour MP has warned.

Pat McFadden
Pat McFadden

Pat McFadden launched a scathing criticism of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) scheme, outlining that every PIP assessment appeal in his constituency had been overturned on appeal.

The Wolverhampton South East MP told Parliament of a recent case involving a constituent who he says 'suffered a terrible life-changing accident at work several years ago'.

"Despite that, he has been reassessed three times in three years and has now had his payments reduced," he added.

"Does that not show that this system is broken, inhumane at times, and in urgent need of fundamental change?”

Minister Sarah Newton responded by saying that customer satisfaction surveys had found that ‘most people are satisfied with the process’.

Mr McFadden added: "This response is not good enough and the PIP assessment system needs an urgent review."

PIP is gradually replacing the old Disability Living Allowance benefit and is aimed at assisting those with long term ill-health or disability issues.

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