Here to help with questions relating to learning disability and its impact on family carers
The debate comprises a comprehensive summary of all the issues surrounding the ongoing implementation of PIP, and the anxieties around it.A full transcript is available here, and anyone who may be affected (i.e. persons currently receipt of DLA, and their carers) would do well to take a look.
Plenty of MPs expressed their own and their constituents’ anxieties. Angela Eagle for example complained: “I have to say that I am finding an increasing discrepancy between the way that the Secretary of State is describing the PIP benefit and the people who are coming to my advice surgeries in tears having been completely let down by the system. We all want to see a society where we give support to the most vulnerable, and that is who we are talking about here. Will the Secretary of State now undertake to ensure that some of his highest officials come and visit us in our advice surgeries and look at how this system is actually working out on the frontline, because it is not remotely like how he is portraying it today?”
Especially, look out towards the end of the debate, for the arguments around ‘cognitive or sensory impairments’ and ‘mental health impairment’, and on how the PIP Assessment Guidance is being implemented.