Here to help with questions relating to learning disability and its impact on family carers
A factual description of the circumstances requiring this debate, with links to the written- and video-transcripts is available on the Parliament website: https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2017/march/emergency-debate-on-personal-independence-payments/
Outside, various individuals and groups, such as Inclusion London held a protest meeting.
The core issues at stake in proposed amendments are a) how PIP assessments will decide upon the mobility component, and b) how mental health considerations will affect those assessments.
As the Campaigns and Policy Manager of Inclusion London explained : “The government are ignoring the advice of Upper Tier Tribunal Judges, closing the door of support which the judges have ruled they entitled to, for those with the following mental health issues: Learning disabilities, Autism. Schizophrenia, Anxiety disorders, Cognitive disorder due to a stroke, Dementia, Depressive disorders, Post-traumatic stress disorder Phobias, Obsessive compulsive disorder, who struggle with journeying unaccompanied. The govt are also trying to withhold support for people who need help to monitor medication and therapy”.
This is a first, but I have to say that the best coverage of the emergency Commons debate on the 29th March AND of the related Lords debate on the 28th March (which resulted in a majority against the government’s PIP proposals in the form of a rarely-used ‘regret motion’) was in the Daily Mirror(!)
After reading these articles, you should understand why April 6th is the next significant milestone. MPs have only 40 days to ‘pray against’ the PIP Amendment. That deadline is due next week, meaning the last chance to stop the law will be on or before next Thursday – when MPs leave for Easter recess.
We will undoubtedly be writing more on this topic…