PIP campaign

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a payment to people, whether in or out of work, to help with the extra costs of disability. This includes both daily living, and mobility components.

The DWP recently consulted on whether to make changes to the current policy on aids and appliances, in the context of the PIP daily living component. The daily living component is an amount of money given to cover the extra costs of completing daily living tasks when you have a disability. It should support you to do things such as cooking, dressing, reading and communicating among other things. We were really worried that blind and partially sighted people could lose out under the proposals put forward in the consultation. 

However, on 11 March we received the brilliant news that the Government wouldn't be taking forward any of the five changes laid out in the recent Personal Independence Payment (PIP) consultation. While PIP was defended for people with sight loss, unfortunately the changes would have affected other people with a range of disabilities. But the concern among MPs continued to grow and a few days later, the proposals were dropped altogether.
This is fantastic news for people with sight loss, as well as people with a range of other disabilities, whose eligibility for PIP has been defended.
We want to say a huge thank you to over 1000 people who took action to protect this vital benefit and responded to the consultation – we really couldn’t have done this without you. We’re sure that your actions in writing to your MPs and responding to the consultation went a long way in achieving this great result. 
Anybody who is blind or partially sighted and is applying for PIP is urged to get advice from our Helpline on 0303 123 9999.

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